IN THE CLASSROOM
Northwest Herald All-Area girls soccer team
March 13, 2013Richmond Burton High School
Northwest Herald All-Area girls soccer team
Amanda Hoglund, fr., Richmond-Burton
Hoglund provided Richmond-Burton with a dynamic scoring threat up top. Her quickness was unmatched in the Big Northern Conference as she scored an area-best 49 goals along with 16 assists. Hoglund was a big reason why R-B had its most successful season in school history, finishing third in the Class 1A state playoffs.
Hannah Condit, sr., Richmond-Burton
Savannah Schinto, sr., Richmond-Burton
Jessica Guenther, fr., midfielder, Richmond-Burton
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Wagner leads Rockets to school's best season
Chris Wagner had only a half-season of head coaching experience when he brought the Richmond-Burton girls soccer team together back in February.
During the offseason Wagner held just a couple of open gym practices, but it wasn't long before his coaching philosophy caught on at R-B.
“I was laying that groundwork with mainly seniors, but that showed how much the others were paying attention,“ Wagner said. “We changed a bunch to get ready for this year.”
Wagner’s emphasis on patience and possession helped R-B to its most successful season in school history. The Rockets went 23-3-2, winning the Big Northern Conference East Division title and taking third place at the IHSA Class 1A state soccer championships.
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RB plans to regroup-Schinto: "We're going to kill it' in 3rd-place game
By ROSS JACOBSON - firstname.lastname@example.org
NAPERVILLE – It had been a while since an opponent outplayed Richmond-Burton for a full 80 minutes.
It certainly hadn’t happened this season, as the Rockets marched to the first state semifinals appearance in school history with their only two losses coming in one-goal defeats to Hampshire and Grayslake North.
But Quincy Notre Dame proved to be on a different level than R-B in their IHSA Class 1A state semifinal matchup at North Central College in Naperville on Friday. Notre Dame blitzed R-B with four first-half goals and didn’t allow the Rockets any offensive push in a 6-0 victory.
R-B will play Lisle, which lost, 4-0, to Manteno in Friday’s other semifinal, in the third-place game at 5 p.m. today.
“I think this being the first time that we’ve made it to an event of this caliber, it was more nerves on our part,” R-B senior sweeper Savannah Schinto said. “I’ll give [Notre Dame] credit, they were a good team.”
R-B (22-3-2) had difficulty matching up with Notre Dame’s forward trio of Shannon Foley, Cassidy Foley and Jordan Frericks. Only six minutes into the match, Shannon Foley played a quick throw-in to Cassidy Foley, who beat her defender, took one touch and drilled an uncontested shot past R-B sophomore goalie Hannah Koenig. It was the first time that R-B had trailed in its six postseason games.
Notre Dame (27-0-0) scored again five minutes later when Cassidy Foley hit Shannon Foley with a cross in the box. She made a move past one defender and buried another short shot for a two-goal advantage. (NWHerald 5/26/12)
“We definitely scouted this team and we knew they were a good team,” Shannon Foley said. “We just came out ready and really played our game.”
Shannon Foley completed a first-half hat trick with two goals in the span of two minutes, giving Notre Dame a 4-0 advantage at the intermission.
R-B didn’t record its first shot on goal until 35 minutes into the game.
“Every little mistake we made they jumped right on and they just killed it,“ R-B coach Chris Wagner said. “We leave someone open for 30 seconds and there’s a goal. The whole game they were on it.”
Notre Dame added two more goals in the second half and didn’t allow R-B many good scoring opportunities. They marked R-B’s leading goal scorer, Amanda Hoglund, with a defender and consistently played their sweeper 15-20 yards behind to prevent any kind of through balls to the freshman forward.
Now R-B must regroup for today’s consolation match against Lisle, which Schinto said still means a lot to the Rockets even with a state championship out of the picture.
“Tomorrow is a big game for everyone, not just being a senior or freshman,” Schinto said. “It’s another big opportunity to do something R-B hasn’t done and we’re going to come out and we’re going to kill it.”
Switch to goalkeeper suits RB's Koenig
By ROSS JACOBSON - email@example.com
Hannah Koenig was more than a little reluctant to the idea of playing goalie when Richmond-Burton started its soccer practices in March.
Koenig, a sophomore, was a midfielder for the Rockets during her freshman season and had only a small amount of experience as a keeper with her club team.
“I’d played a little bit before, but this was the first time I was going to be serious about it,” Koenig said. “I was not excited; I did not like it at all.”
R-B coach Chris Wagner pulled her aside early on and told Koenig the position switch was in the best interests of the team. In Wagner’s mind Koenig had the most potential to develop into a strong goalkeeper.
Through R-B’s first 26 games of the season, it’s safe to say the experiment has worked. The Rockets have compiled a 22-2-2 record and earned the program’s first conference, regional, sectional and supersectional championships.
R-B takes on Quincy Notre Dame at 7 p.m. today at North Central College in Naperville with a chance to play for the IHSA Class 1A state championship on the line. Quincy Notre Dame comes in with a record of 26-0-0 and won the Class 1A state championship in 2010.
Koenig has yielded only 17 goals this year and posted 10 shutouts for R-B. She’s been part of a stingy defense that hasn’t given up more than two goals in a game since mid-April.
“The fourth game of the season, she was warming up and I had one of the other goalies warming up and she said, ‘Coach, I like goalie now,’ Wagner said. “From then on it’s been hers.”
Her evolution into a quality keeper wasn‘t immediate. Koenig admits she wasn’t very good at the start the season. But with the help of R-B assistant coach Casey DeCaluwe, a former goalie himself, Koenig has developed into a more confident and comfortable goalie.
“We worked a lot on breakaways and stuff like that; pretty much everything,” Koenig said. “It helps when you have a lot of good players around you.”
Though some of R-B’s regular-season – and even postseason – victories have come by lopsided margins, Wagner said Koenig has had her key moments in goal.
“When we tied [Burlington Central], 1-1, Hannah made some phenomenal saves to help us tie and clinch the conference,” Wagner said. “She really stepped up huge for us and in some ways kept us in the game.”
And when R-B takes the field tonight, Koenig knows exactly where she wants to play.
“At this point, I would choose goalie,” Koenig said. “Goalie with a really good team.”
A really good team with a chance to do even more. (NWHerald 5/24/12)
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RB girls soccer team rolls to state
By TOM MUSICK – firstname.lastname@example.org
NORRIDGE – Next stop: State.
A history-making season for Richmond-Burton’s girls soccer team reached another milestone Tuesday. The Rockets beat Chicago Francis Parker, 3-1, to win the IHSA Class 1A Ridgewood Supersectional and advance to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
R-B will play Quincy Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Friday at North Central College in Naperville.
“This is probably one of the best moments of my life,” said Rockets freshman forward Amanda Hoglund, who posed for pictures alongside her teammates after the win. “It’s an amazing feeling.”
It’s another chapter in an amazing season for the Rockets (22-2-2).
Hoglund scored in the 11th minute of the first half to give the Rockets an early lead and junior Sam Boettjer scored at the 47-minute mark and senior Hannah Condit scored at 61 minutes to establish a three-goal lead.
Francis Parker junior Evan Fencik scored in the 72nd minute to cut the deficit to 3-1, but R-B held on thanks to solid defensive play that was anchored by sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Koenig.
R-B coach Chris Wagner praised his players for their hard work.
“They’ve earned it,” Wagner said. “Every game they’ve played, they’ve earned our coaches’ respect and our pride. We can’t go anywhere without saying how proud we are of them.
“Not only are they good players, but they’re just a phenomenal group, and they are tight. They work at it off the field, on the field, just to be together, and I think it shows in the way that they play. When bad things happen, they talk it out, they get reorganized, and they start playing again.”
The Rockets’ teamwork showed in their dominant effort against Francis Parker (17-6-2).
Hoglund chipped in a goal and narrowly missed on a couple of other chances with the help of the Rockets’ midfielders who set up scoring opportunities. Boettjer headed in a perfect corner kick by Condit, while Condit’s goal came via a penalty kick after Hoglund was knocked down on a sprint to the net.
“We knew that they were a very good team coming out, so we had to challenge ourselves and pressure them every single time they got the ball,” Hoglund said. “We had to pass to feet and we had to connect more and we had to communicate more, and that’s what helped us win the game.”
Condit and Savannah Schinto are the only seniors on the Rockets’ young and talented roster.
“This is so exciting,” Condit said. “It’s really good to see all of our hard work finally paying off. It’s really cool to be with this program for four years and see how it can grow.”
When asked which word best described the Rockets, Condit did not hesitate.
“Determined.” (NWHerald 5/23/12)
RB will play Quincy Notre Dame at 7pm at North Central College. The link below has about all the information you would like to know.
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Supersectional next hurdle for Richmond-Burton
By ROSS JACOBSON – email@example.com
Amanda Hoglund has absorbed all of the bumps, elbows, bruises and holds that opposing defenses have thrown her way in the state playoffs.
The speedy freshman forward has had anything but an easy time generating offense, yet she’s adapted well to the more physical style of play. Hoglund has scored 10 goals and recorded four assists in Richmond-Burton’s four playoff games thus far.
“I’m used to anything,” Hoglund said. “I can be marked with two players or one player or no one, and when people know that I can score, they adjust to me, but otherwise, I just keep playing.”
Hoglund is just one part of a young R-B squad that has refused to be bullied as they continue to advance in the IHSA Class 1A state playoffs. The Rockets defeated Regina Dominican, 7-1, on Saturday to earn the school’s first girls soccer sectional championship. They will face Chicago Francis Parker on Tuesday in the Ridgewood Supersectional for a chance to advance to the state semifinals.
“Physicality just makes it harder, and it makes us a better team,” senior defender Savannah Schinto said. “It makes us work harder, and it makes us better ourselves.”
R-B rolled through the regular season with a record of 17-2-2. At times they weren’t challenged in the Big Northern Conference East Division, often racking up lopsided victories over teams that were outmatched talent wise. R-B coach Chris Wagner said some of their tougher games prepared them for the rougher style of play from bigger schools.
“Teams like Marengo and [Burlington Central], those are always tough, physical games when we play them, and Harvard as well,“ Wagner said. “We have some experience with it, but seeing these unfamiliar teams, I think you saw a little bit of an adjustment period early on in each game.”
With each victory, the Rockets set another milestone for R-B girls soccer. But the increasing magnitude of each subsequent game doesn’t seem to bother R-B.
“Every time we get on the bus, we talk about what this means, but once we get inside the white lines, that’s the only thing that matters,” Wagner said. “They seem to be taking to that, just worrying about what’s in front of them and not worrying about all the stuff outside these lines until after the game.”
Part of that is because of the team’s motor. Up four and five goals in the second half Saturday, Hoglund and her teammates still were fighting to put together scoring chances.
While Hoglund has enjoyed a bit more freedom in the past two sectional games, Wagner said that room to work likely will disappear as the playoffs go deeper.
But that space is something the Rockets know they will have to continue to fight for, and their freshman forward will be the first to battle.
“We have to go harder, and we have to be more physical, than the other team,” Hoglund said. “We just have to work our butts off for what we want.” (NWHerald 5/21/12)
RB rolls to girls soccer sectional title
By ROSS JACOBSON - firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH CHICAGO – Richmond-Burton senior Savannah Schinto says the only team that can beat the Rockets is themselves.
After R-B turned the IHSA Class 1A North Chicago Sectional girls soccer championship game into its own personal offensive showcase, Schinto just might be right.
The Rockets scored seven times, including a hat trick from freshman forward Amanda Hoglund, en route to a dominating 7-1 victory over Regina Dominican. The victory gave R-B its first girls soccer sectional championship in school history.
“These are the kind of results we get when we get rolling; it has a lot to do with the entire team working together,“ Schinto said. “Once we get going, we don’t stop.”
The Rockets advance to face Chicago Francis Parker in the Ridgewood Supersectional on Tuesday.
Having already captured the school’s first conference and regional championships, the Rockets (21-2-2) looked more than ready to cross another goal off their list. Just 13 minutes into the match, Hoglund battled through a couple of defenders and sent a low cross across the penalty area that found Jessica Guenther for a wide-open header into the opposite corner.
Despite R-B’s ability to control possession and generate chances, Regina came up with the tying goal. A long clearance from midfield took a big hop over goalkeeper Hannah Koenig, and Regina’s Margaret Palmer raced in to tap it home.
“Little nervous in the beginning when we didn’t finish a couple of [opportunities],” R-B coach Chris Wagner said. “We keep teams in the game sometimes.”
The finishes would come soon enough for the Rockets. Four minutes after Regina tied the game, Hoglund ran on to a ball that was flicked ahead, split two defenders and beat Regina’s keeper to make it 2-1. Before the half was up, senior Hannah Condit sent a beautiful cross-field pass that hit Guenther in stride, and the freshman buried the shot for her second goal of the game.
The Rockets put the game out of reach in the second half, scoring four goals in the first 22 minutes. Their fifth goal was picturesque, involving a series of quick, short passes around the penalty area before Sam Boettjer found Courtney Kaminscky for the easy finish.
“That just shows how much of a good team we are when we pass the ball,“ Hoglund said. “We don’t need to kick the ball around, we can just pass to feet and score easily.”
Hoglund scored the Rockets’ last two goals of the game, both coming on through balls that gave her breakaways against the keeper.
R-B’s defense held strong for much of the game, and Koenig was rarely challenged, making only four saves.
As one of the last eight teams remaining, R-B is one victory away from a trip to the state semifinals.
“It’s something we haven’t been able to do as a school or as a program in history," Schinto said. "I wouldn’t want to do it with any other team.” (NWHerald 5/21/12)
Better finish: Although R-B won its regional title game against Johnsburg, coach Chris Wagner wasn’t thrilled with the way his team played in the second half with a four-goal lead. The Rockets allowed two goals after halftime and didn’t get much of an offensive push.
The Rockets answered Wagner’s challenge in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal against Willows Academy. Leading 2-0 at halftime, R-B held the shutout and added three more goals for a 5-0 win.
“At halftime we told them we had to earn the victory in the next 40 minutes,“ Wagner said. “Willows pushed, but we counterattacked pretty well. We did a much better job of staying composed and playing our game.” (NWHerald 5/17/12)
Rockets girls soccer team advances to sectional final
NORTH CHICAGO – The Rockets continue to roll in the postseason.
Richmond-Burton’s girls soccer team used its offensive attack and strong defensive play to take another step toward the IHSA Class 1A state tournament with a 5-0 win against Willows Academy in the North Chicago Sectional semifinals.
Amanda Hoglund notched a hat trick and added two assists for Richmond-Burton, while goalie Hannah Koenig stopped 11 Eagles shots to hold on for the shutout.
Richmond-Burton (20-2-2) advanced to the sectional final, where it will face the winner of today’s semifinal between Chicago Rickover and Regina Dominican in the sectional final at 11 a.m. Saturday. (NWHerald 5/16/12)
RB eyes sectional success
By ROSS JACOBSON – email@example.com
Hannah Condit doesn’t concern herself much with being one of only two seniors on Richmond-Burton’s roster.
Condit and defender Savannah Schinto instead take a different view of their role on the team.
“We don’t really think of ourselves as older than the other girls,” Condit said. “We’re a family, and they are kind of like my little sisters.”
Although the Rockets returned only three starters from last year’s girls’ soccer team, they’ve managed to put together the best season in school history.
R-B finished the regular season at 17-2-2, including a 9-0-1 in the Big Northern Conference East Division to win the school’s first outright conference championship. On Saturday, the Rockets backed it up with their first regional title, defeating Johnsburg, 4-2, to win the Class 1A North Chicago Regional.
“[Savannah and Hannah’s] leadership has been great,“ R-B coach Chris Wagner said. “Some of the key to us jelling is the work those two have done on the field and in the hallways.”
R-B has been able to smoothly incorporate three freshmen into its starting lineup. Condit said the team does a lot of things together off the field. On Friday night before Saturday morning’s regional championship, Condit said the team got together and held a bonfire.
Although the Rockets are entering uncharted territory with the North Chicago Sectional semifinals Tuesday against Woodlands Academy, it hasn’t stopped them from having lofty aspirations.
“The goal is state; I definitely think it’s possible,“ Condit said. “We just have to keep working and not let up.”
One of R-B’s BNC East rivals, Marengo, joins the Rockets as regional champions in Class 1A. The Indians breezed through their two playoff games, defeating North Boone and Harvest Christian Academy by a combined score of 18-0 to win the Marengo Regional.
Marengo has turned it around late in the year after struggling with injuries for most of the season. The Indians will take on a tough Rockford Lutheran team in the Harvard Sectional semifinals.
“We’ve been piecing it back together,” Marengo coach Jim McKinnon said. “When we’re all together and we’re in shape, we do pretty good.” (NWHerald 5/15/12)
Athlete of the Week~Jessica Guenther
Guenther scored the Rockets’ first two goals in their IHSA Class 1A North Chicago Regional championship victory against Johnsburg on Saturday. The 4-2 win gave R-B its first regional title in the program’s history.
The freshman midfielder also assisted on one of R-B’s five goals in a 5-0 victory over Willows Academy in the North Chicago Sectional semifinals Tuesday. (NWHerald 5/17/12)