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Glenbard North gears up for soccer playoffs

Glenbard North, West Chicago start on postseason road with eye to state finals

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:11 p.m. CDT
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(Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com)
Glenbard North's Katie Rissman (right) makes a play on the ball during an April 17 game against Glenbard East. The Panthers hope to continue their strong season when they start they playoffs on Wednesday.

Soccer teams across the area are preparing for kickoff in the postseason, with the goal of getting to North Central College in Naperville for the state finals June 6 and 7. Here's the outlook for Glenbard North, West Chicago, and other area teams.

Glenbard North

Class: 3A

Regional: Conant

Sectional: Geneva

Seed: No. 6

First match: 6 p.m. Wednesday vs. No. 11 Glenbard West

Outlook: Coming off a very strong season last spring, the Panthers have found even more success in 2014.

Glenbard North posted a record of 11-6 through its first 17 matches despite facing a challenging schedule and was 4-2 in the DuPage Valley Conference.

Ashley Pogue has paced the offense with 11 goals and 13 assists while goalkeeper Ariana Depinto has yielded just 14 goals while notching nine shutouts.

The squad received the No. 6 seed in the sectional and will square off against Glenbard West in their postseason opener. With a win, the Panthers would most likely face No. 3 Geneva in the regional final on May 24.

Glenbard West

Class: 3A

Regional: Geneva

Sectional: Conant

Seed: No. 11

First match: 6 p.m. Wednesday vs. No. 6 Glenbard North

Outlook: As has been the case in recent seasons, the Hilltoppers have been competitive this spring, though scoring goals has remained an issue.

Glenbard West was selected as the No. 11 seed in the Conant sectional and will play No. 6 Glenbard North in a regional semifinal. The winner would most likely see No. 3 Geneva in the regional final on May 24.

West Chicago

Class: 3A

Regional: West Chicago

Sectional: Conant

Seed: No. 13

First match: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. No. 4 St. Charles East

Outlook: An extremely young team this spring, the Wildcats are the No. 13 seed in the Conant sectional.

West Chicago is hosting a regional and will open up with No. 4 St. Charles East in a semifinal match. The winner faces either Wheaton Warrenville South or Schaumburg in the regional final on May 23.

Wheaton Academy

Class: 2A

Regional: De La Salle

Sectional: St. Francis

Seed: No. 4

First match: 4 p.m. Tuesday vs. No. 13 Gage Park

Outlook: The spring has been an up-and-down one for the Warriors, who were 9-10-1 heading into their regular season finale.

Wheaton Academy appears headed for a rematch against St. Francis in the regional final on May 23. The squad would need to get past Gage Park in its playoff opener first.

The Warriors and Spartans met back on April 29 with St. Francis prevailing in penalty kicks.

Wheaton North

Class: 3A

Regional: Rolling Meadows

Sectional: Conant

Seed: No. 10

First match: 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. No. 7 Bartlett

Outlook: Despite facing a challenging schedule with an inexperienced roster, the Falcons have improved throughout the spring and posted a record of 5-6-4 through 15 matches. Included in that was wins against Marist and Minooka in the PepsiCo Showdown and a victory over Downers Grove South in the Naperville Invitational.

Wheaton North will square off against Bartlett to open the postseason. The winner would likely see No. 2 seed Conant in the regional final on May 23.

Wheaton Warrenville South

Class: 3A

Regional: West Chicago

Sectional: Conant

Seed: No. 5

First match: 6:30 p.m Wednesday vs. No. 12 Schaumburg

Outlook: The Tigers will square off against Schaumburg to begin the playoffs. A win advances South to the regional final on May 23, where it would most likely see No. 4 St. Charles East.

St. Charles North, Conant and Geneva could await in the sectional.

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