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Poll: Chicagoland Soccer Top 25 (Week 3)

By Patrick Z. McGavin , 04/01/24, 12:00PM CDT



If April is indeed the “cruelest month,” then the moment is ripe for rebirth and discovery among the elite programs.

On Monday, April 1, the day is not just about pranks and tomfoolery. It marks an important acknowledgement, the start of the second quarter of the yearly calendar.

That time also corresponds to the beginning of the middle of the girls' soccer season

Last week marked a relatively quiet and calm moment with most of the schools on their spring break and using the time to recover and recuperate for larger objectives.

With its scarcity of games, the week marked the least turbulent time we’re likely to encounter this season.

A frenetic, fast-paced and dynamic game requires some necessary downtime to take stock of where we are and what the future holds.

With many conferences beginning play this week, in addition to important tournaments and key showdowns, this is the point where the models and hierarchies are likely to take firmer shape and focus.

To be sure, there were some important games, like Fenwick’s 4-0 victory over village rival Oak Park and River Forest. 

A shout-out to the intrepid reader who reminded that the Friars have been bumped up to Class 3A.

Fenwick’s enrollment, even with the multiplier, is still significantly below the cutoff. The team’s fourth place finish in 2022 and a return trip to the supersectional last year kicked in the success factor.

Evidenced by their earlier-season tie, Fenwick and Deerfield are fairly well matched. 

Fenwick moves up from the honorable mention, or “Look out for,” list of programs. Like the Top 25 list, the honorable mention is dominated by the large enrollment schools.

Schools like Deerfield that are on the cusp of making the Top 25, are listed instead in the Class AA Super 7. 

The Class A and Class AA Super 7 polls are open to any Illinois team that fits the enrollment criteria. The purpose of these rankings is to bring greater visibility and recognition to the successes of smaller school.

The other newcomer is South Elgin, a team hovering near the top of the honorable mention programs.

The Storm are one of the great early success stories. Their outlook was complicated by an offseason injury to All-State forward Ella Dihel.

While hoping that Dihel may see some time this season, South Elgin has responded with sharp play, great balance, and a vastly improved defense.

Like Fenwick, South Elgin deserves to belong.


Rank Previous rank Team Record Comment
1 1 Metea Valley 4-0-0 Forward Isabelle Leofanti is great in space
2 2 Barrington 3-0-1 Megan Holland is an elite, disruptive keeper
3 3 Lyons 5-0-0 Brennan Israel is part of lockdown back
4 6 Lockport 5-0-0 Kaylin Klutcharch is creative and thrilling with the ball
5 8 Glenbrook South 4-1-0 Claire Baim is a dynamic and creative shot-maker
6 4 New Trier 5-1-0 Honor Dold is a great two-way talent
7 7 Naperville North 3-1-1 Audrey Hartmann is an important connective thread for the attack
8 5 Libertyville 1-0-0 Molly Koch is a dynamic creator and finisher
9 9 Evanston 5-0-0 Mia Darer is a superb talent in the middle
10 10 Lane 4-0-0 Jennifer Rodriguez has been a sensational new addition
11 11 St. Charles North 4-0-2 Kayla Floyd is an excellent playmaker and creator
12 12 Naperville Central 4-0-0 Keeper Erin Hackett is very difficult to beat
13 13 York 5-0-0 Jordan Ebner is a savvy and industrious player in the attack
14 14 Lake Forest 1-0-0 Chloe Hvostik solidifies the attack with speed and skill
15 17 Wheaton Warrenville South 2-0-0 Midfielder Emma Gronlund is a gifted sophomore
16 18 Wheaton North 4-1-0 Forward Talia Kaempf is fantastic at the top
17 19 Lake Zurich 4-0-1 Statement game with Glenbrook North on Thursday
18 20 Hinsdale Central 4-1-0 Forward Olivia Healy sparks strong win over Oswego East
19 21 Stevenson 3-1-0 Arria Chavez is a skilled offenisve talent
20 HM Fenwick 5-0-1 Midfielder Fiona Roche makes the attack sing
21 22 Fremd 1-1-2 Lily Mayer is superb getting to the goal
22 15 Lincoln-Way East 3-2-0 Griffins could not keep pace with Lyons
23 16 Lincoln-Way Central 3-1-0 Showdown with no. 4 Lockport on Tuesday
24 23 Geneva 2-1-0 Midfielder Evyn Schokora is a versatile, dynamic offenive threat
25 HM South Elgin 5-0-0 Nevaeh Gyurko has sparked the fantastic start

Look out for: St. Charles East, Glenbrook North, Benet, Waubonsie Valley, Oswego East, Minooka, Andrew, Plainfield North, Conant, Palatine, Elk Grove, Homewood-Flossmoor, Highland Park, Warren, Vernon Hills