Win gives team confidence going into home tournament

Photo by Nayeli Lara
Senior Karen Ibarra during the teams 4-1 win over Hoffman Estates on April 21.

By Catherine Miller, Lifestyles Miller

A big victory over Hoffman Estates on Thursday helped to remind the girls soccer team of their abilities.

The girls defeated the Hoffman Estates team  4-1.

“Their performance was great. I really liked the way they played,” head coach Cesar Gomez said. “They know that we can play like this. We just don’t believe that we can play like this consistently.”

The team’s success in scoring played a major role in their victory. Senior captain Katie Reitz scored the first goal of the game within the first 8 minutes.

“Scoring makes a difference, and we scored first today,” Gomez said.

Reitz also recognizes that the team’s strong ability to possess the ball contributes to their success.

“We possess, we don’t just kick the ball. We find someone, we move, we get open,” Reitz said.

However, overall athleticism poses a challenge for the team sometimes.

“We’re not as athletic as a lot of other teams, we’re not as fast, and we’re definitely not as big, but we overcome it with how much we want it and our passing,” Reitz said.

The team is now preparing for the Ladycat Tournament which is hosted by West Chicago. Four schools  will compete in the tournament.

“It’s a fun tournament, we get to see different teams that we don’t usually play,” Gomez said.

Gomez hopes that the team will play both “attractively and effectively” in the tournament as they did against Hoffman Estates.

“(We’re) just practicing like we would for any game,” Reitz said. “We still have a couple more games before the tournament, so just trying to get our formation down and putting a couple more goals in the back of the net.”

The girls will be playing in the Ladycat tournament on May 2, May 4, and May 7.