Prep update: Experienced Wildcats off to a good start
With 12 returning letter winners in tow, Neuqua Valley's boys' soccer team is off to a strong start this season.
Through Wednesday, Sept. 7, the Wildcats had a 3-1-1 record, and that came with three players out with injury, Head Coach Dave Johnston said.
Returning letter winners this season are goalkeeper Jonathan Kesler; defenders Antonio Magno, Spencer Wiese, Billy Provost and Matthew Bludgen; midfielders Amish Gupta, Emerson Beinhauer, Joshua Kolzow, Calum Nettleton and David Kuhn; and forwards William Heniades and Abishek Venkit.
The Redhawks had a 5-1-1 record through Wednesday, Sept. 7, Maxpreps.com reported.
Naperville Central came into the season with 11 seniors on the roster.
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The Panthers started the season 0-4-1 after going 4-15-1 last season.
Eighteen veterans from last year's team are on this year's squad. Team captains are goalkeeper Nick Kearns, midfielder Blake Biery and defensemen Jesse Corneliusen.
The Spartans had a 4-2 record going into games on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Romeoville returns four varsity players from last year's squad that fell just short in the regional final, losing on penalty kicks to Batavia.
The Cougars have a young team this year, Head Coach Leah Carter said. Yet the team does have three-year varsity player Kayla Fraley moving up to the No. 1 singles from No. 2.
Cynthia Gonzalez, a two-year varsity player, will play at No. 1 doubles. Syra Sada will play at the No. 3 doubles spot, and Kelsey Calasanz will play at No. 3 singles.
New varsity players in the doubles positions include Caroline Herschauer, Marissa Kmetty, Grace Michel, Julie Johnson and Kiara Johnson.
Returning letter winners are singles players Danyelle Vicens and Bethany Pemble, and doubles players Danielle Dalton, Sydnie Rizaldo, Melaine Diep and Jasmine Diep.
The team is 0-2 in the Southwest Prairie Conference as of Sept. 7 and finished fourth in the Bolingbrook Raider Invite.
The Tigers entered this season coming off the Southwest Prairie Conference championship last season.
Junior Gabrielle Ochalik holds down the No. 1 singles spot, while junior Sarah Trusk and senior Meg Chadick comprise the No. 1 doubles team.
Freshman Stephanie Kucera is a newcomer playing at No. 3 singles.