Breaking Through

Girls soccer continues last year’s success


Ben Wilson, Sports Editor

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Girls soccer plans to add on to last season’s success as they look to make this season even better.

“The dynamic of the team has certainly transitioned to a way more competitive atmosphere. With such a big team it’s inevitable that we have to put in extra work for our time on the field,” said junior midfielder Kaylee Takagishi.

The addition of three freshmen and several sophomores and juniors results in a lot of uncertainty as to what the starting lineup will be when playoff time comes.

“I think they can give us more than what they can give to the freshman team,” said head coach Maurizio Grillo about the newcomers. He added, “The left-footed Vanessa Eljaiek is going to replace Morgan [Muno.]”

It will not be easy to match their success from last season, as they went 19-6 with a goal differential of plus 49. No team has scored against the girls at home since May 2013, and this group looks to keep that streak alive.

Grillo is very excited by this group’s chemistry on and off the field already. Regarding his team’s strengths, he said, “on the field, it’s the way that we pass, but at the same time, just a sense of unity. They are well bonded and ready to back each other up.”

The Kits started the season with a 1-0 win at Lakes Community with an outstanding goal by Alex Berkley. Then last Saturday then defeated Mundelein 2-0 with goals by Maia Cella and Nora Mertz.

After playing three games in the past five days against Von Steuban, Whitney Young, and Glenbrook North, Evanston will be seeking revenge when they play Loyola, who knocked them out of the playoffs last year, tomorrow at 12 on Lazier Field.

Senior midfielder Claudia Africano wants fans to know this very important message: “This season will be legendary. Be at every game.”