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  • Written by Anthony Nasella

A comprehensive view of boys’ varsity soccer rosters around the state will not typically reveal the presence of five sophomores and a freshman among active players.

  And rarely will three of those sophomores play a significant role during their team’s first week of matches.
  But that’s exactly what happened for Stagg last week. Sophomores Jeremy Atkinson, Tom Kulak and Matt Angellotti all contributed as the Chargers opened their 2014 season with victories over Whitney Young and Minooka and a tie against Thornton Fractional.
  “I’m pretty content with how the first week went,” Stagg coach Mike Kealy said. “It’s a decent way to start, for sure. Of the five goals we scored, all of them were scored by our sophomores. I would say that is very positive for [both] the short and long term.
  “Definitely not many teams have that many sophomores, and a freshman, on a varsity roster. At the same time we’re taking it one game at a time because we are definitely going to be tested in [upcoming] matches against some tough opponents.”
  In a 2-2 draw with Thornton Fractional last Monday, Atkinson scored both of the Chargers’ goals. The second of those tallies came on a penalty kick with eight minutes left in regulation and briefly put Stagg in front.
  The Chargers notched their first victory on Thursday by edging Young 1-0. Kulak notched the lone goal with four minutes to play and netminder Daniel Ciezobka registered eight saves for Stagg.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Fall season begins for Cyclones teams

MORAINE-LOGO A change at the top hasn’t changed how Moraine Valley College will approach the 2014 volleyball season.
  Two straight appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament have made the Cyclones a marked team. But that was accomplished under the guidance of longtime head coach Gloria Coughlin, who stepped down at the end of last season. A large chunk of the squad’s high-achieving roster has moved on as well.
  That means first-year coach Mark Johnston has some adjustments to make. Even with 10 newcomers on hand, however, he is not lowering Moraine’s expectations.
  “I believe we have what it takes to win [the Illinois Skyway Collegiate] conference and ultimately earn another bid to nationals,” said Johnston, a former setter at Lakeland (Wis.) College who has spent the past decade coaching volleyball at St. Ignatius.
  “We have 14 athletes on the roster this year, making the team deep at every position. We will be very strong on the defensive side of the ball, we have a very solid block and our back-row play will be our biggest strength.”

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Amy Strong

Trolls collect women’s soccer win in home opener

TRINITYLOGO-FOR-8-28 Home was indeed a sweet spot for Trinity Christian College’s women’s soccer team. After dropping their season-opening match to Viterbo University on the road, the Trolls returned to Palos Heights to tangle with Indiana Tech last Wednesday. And there Trinity found success as it posted a 4-1 victory over its visitors from Fort Wayne, Ind.
  Rachael Webb’s hat trick fueled the Trolls’ attack at Schaaf Athletic Complex. Her first goal came just three minutes into the match off an assist from Kayla Diemer. Eighteen minutes later Webb struck again after being awarded a penalty kick, while her final marker was delivered in the 78th minute.
  Before halftime arrived Trinity was ahead 3-1, having also scored in the 32nd minute on Katie Linehan’s Diemer-assisted tally. Indiana Tech ruined the Trolls’ shutout bid in the 35th minute.
  Trinity outshot Indiana Tech 19-11 for the match. Trolls netminder Jacey Dolence made three saves in 77 minutes of action before giving way to Jesse Bultsma for the remainder of the contest.

2014 AYSO season gets underway

The 2014 Palos AYSO soccer season began in late August with matches at every age group. Following is a recap.


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  Samantha and Derek Michniak celebrated their birthdays by scoring one goal apiece on HMG’s behalf in the team’s season-opening victory.
  Also tallying for the winners were John Mattes and Matt Bogner. AJ Kitzmiller provided solid midfield play.

SXU sports summary

Tie binds Cougars in women’s soccer opener

  Opening night was not a lost cause for St. Xavier University’s women’s soccer team.
  However, there was no thrill of victory awaiting the Cougars, either.
  Senior midfielder Marissa Graves’ goal in the 77th minute of regulation off an assist from sophomore midfielder Brittany Kroening pulled SXU even with host Freed-Hardeman University Friday, but the tie couldn’t be broken in two extra periods. Thus the Cougars settled for a 1-1 draw in Henderson, Tenn.
  The Lions notched their score in the 48th minute, with midfielder Darby Miskelly converting a pass from forward Sydney Dubiel. After creating the stalemate SXU had a chance to decide things in its favor before the end of the regulation, but Stagg grad Julia Gawlick’s shot banged off the crossbar.
  The Cougars outshot Freed-Hardeman 21-12, but the latter held an 8-4 edge in on-goal attempts. Senior Cassie Pullia took half of SXU’s shots, two of which required stops by the Lions’ keeper. Freshman Alex Perry and senior Danielle Koncius (Stagg) shared the netminding chores for the Cougars and registered seven saves between them.