(May 19, 2013) The 5th-seeded Titans took on 13th-seeded Palatine in Friday afternoon’s IHSA Regional Final in Gurnee, with the Pirates looking for their second big upset win in a row. The Titans broke strong, peppering the Pirate net several times in the game’s regional champs opening minutes, but it was Palatine that posted the first goal ten minutes in. Clearly upset by the sudden turn of events, senior April Cronin scored just two minutes later with a header of senior Carolyn Nash’s corner. Fourteen minutes later, Cronin netted her fifth goal of the postseason off an assist from sophomore Tami ErIich to give the Titans the lead they would not relinquish, as keeper Emma Sailer stuffed two late, dangerous Pirate efforts. Next up: Sectional top-seed Buffalo Grove on Tuesday afternoon in Mundelein.
Rounding into shape for postseason play, the girls soccer team is undefeated in their last 12 games, including a 7-0 defeat of Niles West on Tuesday which earned the program its first outright CSL South conference championship in its 30 year history. This weekend the girls outscored its competition 16-1 over four games as it swept to the championship in the 4th annual Glenbrook Cup, defeating GBN 4-1 in Saturday’s final. At 16-4-1 and ranked #14 in the Sun-Times rankings, the girls open postseason play on May 14.
(CSLInsider) The Glenbrook South girls soccer team edged Glenbrook North 2-1 Friday in a hard-fought battle Glenview.
The host Titans (10-4-1) controlled much of the first half with the wind at their back. GBS’ Taylor Fuderer scored the first goal of the game on a free kick from just outside of the box around the 25-minute mark.
GBS had multiple chances, but GBN keeper Jennifer Liberman made numerous saves to keep the score 1-0 at the half. GBN (5-5-3) also had a couple chances, but weren’t able to finish.
(CSLInsider) There’s almost always an element of luck involved when any high school soccer team scores a goal on a corner kick.
But with someone like Glenbrook South senior Carolyn Nash available to pull the trigger on those dead ball situations, it’s more about execution than luck.
Nash picked up a pair of assists on corners and the Titans also scored on a direct kick Tuesday night, more than enough for GBS to break through for their first Central Suburban League South victory by a 4-1 margin over host Evanston at Lazier Field.
It’s not every day that a team scores three times on restarts and GBS coach Seong Ha was happy to take advantage as his squad, hoping to turn the corner after four tough losses early in the season, improved to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in CSL play.
(Doings LaGrange) Glenbrook South had every reason to fold after an uncharacteristic error allowed Fenwick to create a 1-1 tie in the second half.
Instead the Titans dug deep and pulled out their most impressive victory of the year.
“We really picked up our intensity, especially late in the second half,” sophomore forward Kaily Bruch said.
Bruch drilled a short ball into the back of the net in the 65th minute as the Titans ended Fenwick’s 10-game unbeaten streak with the 2-1 victory in the second round of the Pepsi Showdown at Priory Field at Dominican University in River Forest Tuesday.
(Journal Online) Glenbrook South girls soccer has been one of the toughest programs to beat since coach Seong Ha took over in 2007. And it wouldn’t be a surprise if they kept the success going another season.
The Titans do make his job easy, though, not just talent wise, but maturity wise.
“We don’t have to reteach stuff,” Ha said. “We are trying to refine. I know them and they know me. I don’t have to yell or anything.”
Ha went on to say how lucky he was to be with such a great group of players that are mature and show good leadership on and off the field.
The Titans return the No. 5 all-time leading scorer in program history with April Cronin (33 goals between 2011-12, and 26 goals in 2012) and goalie Emma Sailer (4-1 record in goal last year, 25 saves on 31 shots). Also, the Titans have all-conference midfielder Carolyn Nash (10 goals, 11 assists) returning as well as Ally Wojick (defender).
The Titans have three girls, at least, lined up to play soccer in college next season: Cronin (Valparaiso), Wojick (Northern Arizona) and Nash (Wisconsin-Whitewater). Don’t be surprised if more don’t end up continuing their soccer careers after this spring.
(CSLInsider) Glenbrook South 5, Whitney Young 0: April Cronin netted a hat trick Saturday, while Nicole Sroubek and Olivia Peters also scored for GBS (2-1), which scored all its goals in the first half, with the final three in a span of 4 minutes, 30 seconds. Ally Wojick and Kaily Bruch each contributed two assists, while Olivia Pullano had the other one.
Cronin scored the first goal of the game, then added the Titans’ third and fourth tallies just 1:57 apart, followed by Peters’ goal just 2:33 later to complete the scoring at the 36:22 mark of the first half.
Emma Sailer made three saves in goal for her second shutout of the season.
(Glenview Announcements) As a young girl, Taylor Fuderer didn’t exactly have the attitude of a great athlete.
The daughter of a former professional soccer player and a collegiate softball player, Fuderer, a junior defender on the Glenbrook South girls soccer team, had one slight problem with sports.
“I can quote her,” her mother, Michele, said. “She was about 6 years old and she said, ‘I don’t want to sweat,’ and I said to her, ‘Were you switched at birth? Who are you?’ because honestly it was amazing to us.”
So you can forgive her parents’ wonder as they watched their little girl morph into someone who has verbally committed to play soccer for Northern Illinois once her high school days are done.
(Chicago Tribune) Glenbrook South girls soccer coach Seong Ha has learned his lesson when it comes to worrying too much about early season losses.
If any team proved the sporting cliche, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” it was Ha’s 2012 group.
The Titans shook off a lackluster 6-4-4 and put together a 15-game win streak that included a berth in the 3A state semifinals. It was the second such trip in three years for Glenbrook South, which dropped a 2-1 decision to Downers Grove South in last year’s third-place contest.
“The team we had last year, makeup-wise, didn’t impress too many people,” Ha said. “And it’s going to be hard to replicate the success they had. But that’s what I like about this year’s team. They have the bulls-eye on their backs but they also know they have to work hard or harder than last year because of the expectations they’ve put on themselves.”
A trio of Titan girls soccer players will be competing at the NCAA level next fall, each officially committing to a college program in the last several weeks. Cronin will be playing for the Valparaiso Crusaders in Indiana, while Nash will take the field for the University of Whitewater Warhawks just to the north of us. By contrast, Wojick will take her defensive skills cross country as she suits up for the University of Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. We wish all three the best of luck next year, but also this spring, as they and their Titan teammates seek to return to the IHSA State Final Four for the third time in four years.