Harper Alvo(jr) and Lane Tech girls are are 12-4 and unbeaten in Public League play including a 6-1 win over defending city champion Whitney Young and a 9-0 win over Taft that clinched their 4th straight conference title.
Here's a few things to keep on your radar for Lane Tech girls soccer:
1. Sofia Pavon
New Trier 2 Lane Tech 0 Girls Soccer Class 3A Sectional Semi-final Vianey Hernandez(sr-right) of Lane Tech plays against New Trier.
Since I happened to be in the neighborhood, I wanted to check out Lane Tech play New Trier at the Niles North Sectional semi-final. Lane is the class of the CPS, but New Trier is #6 state ranked. Even though Lane lost 2-0, I felt Lane gained some respect. Lane was down only 1-0 until New Trier put the game away with a late goal with about 5 minutes left. They had a couple chances of a game tying score in the 2nd half but could not put the ball in the back of the net.
Girls soccer dominates in the suburbs, but Lane showed they can play with the burbs. Lane has wins this year over Deerfield, St.Ignatius,Warren, and Evanston.
Lane had a chance to score in this direct kick in the 2nd half but the New Trier goalie stopped the shot. I saw good play by Lane from players like Anastasia Niforos(fr) and Leslie Rueda(jr). Both are speedy and have great ball control.
Lane Tech is the defending city champions in girls soccer, boys track, girls softball, and girls water polo. Curie defends in boys water polo. Whitney Young defends girls track, boys volleyball, boys tennis, and baseball. Pictured above is Lane Tech girl's soccer player Molly Dunbar (sr).
Illinois high school spring sports have now officially started. Baseball, Girls Softball, Boys Volleyball, Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Track, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, Bass Fishing and Boys and Girls Water Polo have already started games or will start soon.
I'll mainly be covering my core news of boys track and off season football. However, from time to time I will cover (and accept articles) some of the other sports.
Some real quick spring sports pre-season story lines:
I hear the Simeon baseball program is on the rise. If you think the Wolverine football and basketball teams were good, baseball is on the upswing.
Lane's girls soccer team made some noise last year by not only winning a city and state regional championship, but beating some suburban programs along the way. Lane returns all-state player Liceth Robles (sr) and two all-sectional players. Lane's early season schedule includes Plainfield Central, Deerfield, St. Ignatius, and Highland Park. So we will know right away how they have progressed from last year.
Whitney Young's boys volleyball team starts out every year with the goal to at least make it to state. Last year, Whitney Young beat Oak Park-River Forest in the sectional semi-final before falling to St. Patrick's in the sectional final. Look for another state push by the Dolphins.
Harlan bass fishing made school history by qualifying downstate. Harlan coach Vince Ramirez, has bass tournament fishing experience.
Elin Erickson (jr) of Von Steuben clears the ball away as Priscilla Madero(jr) of Lane tries to prevent her.
I stopped by Lane stadium yesterday to check out the much talked about Lane girls soccer team take on the Von Steuben Panthers in a CPS semi-final. Lane has been lighting it up all season with victories over several suburban programs. (Highland Park, Glenbrook East)
Lane easily handled a Von Steuben team 5-0. Von Steuben was the only CPS team to score a goal off of Lane this year.
Lane looks like the real deal. Lane is bigger, stronger, and more skilled then in years past. Von Steuben also looked like a real team, they just got overpowered.
I liked the fan support from both teams. I saw Alumni, boys soccer players, and your usual parents. A guy also brought a drum which seems unique to soccer matches.
Kendra Strohmayer (left-sr) and Lane play Nortside Prep this Friday, 7pm at Lane stadium for the city championship. Northside Prep upset Whitney Young in a 5-4 shootout to make it to the finals. To the right is Dani Sorenson of Von Steuben.