Raiders take FVC
ALGONQUIN – Aimee Wronski plays soccer as if it SEnD not football – were a game of inches.
On Thursday against Jacobs, the Huntley senior forward showed again why teams cannot give her even the smallest space in which to work.
She will take miles and miles.
Wronski twice took advantage of Jacobs’ miscues and scored both of the Red Raiders’ goals in a 2-0 victory against the Golden Eagles that solidified Huntley’s fifth consecutive Fox Valley Conference Valley or Fox Division title.
Huntley won three consecutive FVC Fox Division titles before coming to the Valley Division last year and winning that title. Thursday’s win gives the Raiders the FVC Valley Division title and the overall FVC crown.
And in four of those title games, Wronski has had some hand in delivering the hardware.
“It feels amazing,” Wronski said. “To have [the title streak] still going is awesome. It’s one more step on the journey for us, and we’re so excited.”
Wronski scored her first goal with 23 minutes left in the first half.
She received a pass from teammate Emily Konior and cut from the middle between two defenders, scoring on a left-footed shot as she slipped and slid past Jacobs’ players but managed to stay on her feet.
The insurance goal came with 10 minutes left in the second half. Wronski got a pass from senior midfielder Bre Burry and turned on her defender, scoring another left-footed goal from about 25 yards out.
“I thought she needed to go to her left because I knew they would defend her right,” Huntley coach Kris Grabner said. “She went left and as soon as she did I knew it was going in.”
It was instinct, Wronski said.
“I just cut it. I shoot with both feet, and I would rather have the ball on the inside of my foot than on the outside of it,” she said.
The goals needed to be crafty, anyway. Jacobs keeper Monica Orjuela (seven saves) had a solid game in the net.
The Eagles (18-6, 9-2) tried to back her up, and put five shots on frame, but couldn’t get one past keeper Kaytlyn Owens (two saves) or fluidly run an offense against the Raiders’ defense, which has allowed just four goals in 18 games this year.
Jacobs also was without junior midfielder Cassidy Sherman, who received a red card on Tuesday against Grayslake North and had to sit out.
“The girls left it all on the field, and that’s all we can ask,” Jacobs coach Anthony Cappello said. “We created some opportunities and had our looks, but that’s an awesome team that we just played. There is not a soft spot on it.”