CRYSTAL LAKE – The Prairie Ridge girls soccer team made their senior night one to remember Tuesday night.
Seniors Allyson Walsh and Erin Ginsberg each scored a goal for the Wolves, as they dominated McHenry 4-0 in the FVC Valley Division match.
“We have been playing so well lately,” Wolves coach JC Brown said. “We talked about certain things before the game and we executed them perfectly. I’m happy the girls got a win for themselves, as well as sending the seniors out strong.”
McHenry had very few scoring opportunities largely because of the Prairie Ridge defense, led by senior Ali Fanning. Her task on the night was to shut down Warriors leading goal scorer Avalon Senn-Raemont, which is exactly what she did.
“Coach gives me a number before the game, and I know my job from there,” Fanning said. “I’m up for any challenge he gives me and I’m happy the whole team played together and got the win.”
Senn-Raemont was unable to get as many touches as she usually does, and when she did touch the ball, Fanning was always right there to pressure her to give up the ball or make a mistake.
Allyson Walsh opened the scoring for Prairie Ridge (10-6-1, 4-1 FVC Valley) 10 minutes into the first half, followed by her sister, Megan Walsh, quickly after.
McHenry (10-6, 2-2) got a chance with 10 minutes remaining in the first when Kailey Lindholm’s corner kick went straight through the six-yard box, just past two sliding Warrior forwards and out for a goal kick.
“We did a good job limiting their chances,” Brown said. “Ali [Fanning] was tremendous. But it takes a full team effort to get a win like this tonight, and we put ourselves in position to compete for the top of the conference.”
The Wolves had a three-goal lead at halftime, thanks to a late goal from Arielis Reyes.
Ginsberg scored with 22 minutes remaining in the match on a strong left-footed shot that beat McHenry goalkeeper Gracie Holmes. Holmes made four saves on the night, while Wolves’ senior goalkeeper Brooke Laibly made three.
Fanning knows this win showed their team a lot and what they can do once postseason play begins.
“It’s good for us to be playing like this with the playoffs coming up, and I can’t wait to get there with this team.”