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Poll: Chicagoland Top 25 (Week 6)

By Patrick Z. McGavin, 04/24/23, 6:00PM CDT



Not many programs could play without two of their returning all-staters and beat one of the best teams in the state.

Metea Valley remains no. 1 for a reason.

The defending Class 3A state champions knocked out previously unbeaten Lincoln-Way Central 1-0 Sunday at the Body Armor tournament in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal game.

The Mustangs won despite missing reigning Player of the Year Jordan Lange and forward Tyra King.

Lucy Burke, the third returning Chicagoland Soccer All-Stater, scored the game-winner on a beautiful header off a free kick from Riley Strcic.

In a week that featured some fairly dramatic shake-ups and reconfiguring of the top teams, Metea Valley is still the (no.) one.

With the exception of the state tournament, this is the best time of the season.

The Naperville Invitational moves to its bracket championship beginning Thursday.

Fremd is the big riser following its shootout victory over previously unbeaten and third-ranked Lyons.

That sets up an interesting rematch for the Vikings, who host new no. 2 St. Charles East.

St. Charles East beat the Vikings 3-1 in the teams’ first game of the season on March 14.

All eight championship bracket quarterfinalists are ranked. 

The Fremd and St. Charles East game is the headliner. St. Charles North and Naperville Central, who played to a scoreless tie April 8, is another can’t-miss rematch. Unfortunately, the quarterfinals are all at different sites with 7 p.m. start times.

New Trier and fast-rising Naperville North is another top 10 showdown. The Huskies have won five-straight games, four by shutout.

Barrington hosts Loyola in the intriguing fourth quarterfinal.

Most of the eight teams play crucial conference games earlier in the week.

This 7-day stretch is a high-water mark, a test of endurance, versatility, depth and strength.

This are moments to shine.


Rank Previous Team Record Comment
1 1 Metea Valley 11-0-3 Cyndie Bayless is a rising star
2 4 St. Charles E 14-0-0 Sidney Lazenby is fantastic keeper
3 2 Barrington 9-0-2 Sarah Sarnowski is a dynamic talent
4 13 Fremd 9-1-1 Lily Mayer is a gifted freshman
5 3 Lyons 12-1-0 Brennan Israel is a lockdown defender
6 7 Plainfield N 12-1-2 Tigers have varied offensive firepower
7 8 Evanston 11-1-1 Shayna daSilva an exhilarating talent in middle
8 9 New Trier 13-1-1 Sybil Evans is an emerging attacking player
9 15 Naperville N 7-3-1 Audrey Hartmann provides depth in the middle
10 6 LW Central 10-1-2 Metea Valley ends unbeaten run
11 10 Naperville C 6-1-1 Isabella Brozek is explosive up top
12 14 St. Charles N 9-2-1 Kayla Floyd is skilled in the middle
13 5 Geneva 10-3-0 Cami Bishop is a skilled outside back
14 19 Wheaton N 8-3-1 Macy Hutchinson powers the attack
15 12 Benet 10-2-0 Nora Hanson is a very gifted defender
16 16 Libertyville 5-2-1 Second half explosion against Warren
17 HM York 8-1-1 Stunning win over Naperville Central
18 22 Batavia 6-2-3 Brooke Carlson stabilizes the middle attack
19 20 LW East 12-2-0 Showdown Tuesday with Lockport
20 21 Lockport 11-2-1 Offense takes flight over Homewood-Flossmoor
21 HM Prospect 9-1-2 Dominant win over Lake Zurich
22 17 Lake Zurich 10-2-1 Second place finish at Prospect
23 24 Glenbrook N 8-3-1 Tuesday rivalry game with Glenbrook S
24 HM Loyola 6-4-3 Maria Nikas is a solid two-way talent
25 HM Deerfield 8-2-1 Bella Krummenacher is a fabulous freshman

Look out for: Lane, Hinsdale Central, Carmel, Oswego East, Mundelein, Lake Forest, Stevenson, Warren, Minooka, St. Ignatius, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Plainfield South, Riverside-Brookfield, Niles West, Jones