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St. Charles North

Prep roundup: Batavia girls soccer ties Buffalo Grove

SCHAUMBURG – Alexis Bryl’s free-kick goal midway through the second half helped the Batavia girls soccer team forge a 1-1 tie against Buffalo Grove on Thursday.

The result allowed the Bulldogs to finish second in the four-member, round-robin Lake Park tournament at Olympic Park. The tournament champion Bison entered the game having outscored opponents, 21-1, in five straight victories to open the season.

“Buffalo Grove has been taking people to the woodshed, and they’ve been doing pretty well overall,” Bulldogs coach Mark Gianfrancesco said. “I thought we played pretty well against them, responded well being down a goal.”

Batavia (2-0-2) benefited from strong possession and communication in the back to draw even.

St. Charles East 6, Wausau (Wis.) 0: At West Chicago, Amanda Hilton and Carly Pottle tallied two goals apiece for East (2-1), while Kendra Sheehan recorded the shutout.

The game was moved to West Chicago to keep Norris Stadium in shape for the Saints’ Saturday home match against Batavia.

Downers Grove South tournament: Neuqua Valley 1, St. Charles North 0: Neuqua Valley converted a penalty kick with 11 minutes remaining to hand North (3-1) its first defeat of the season. The North Stars’ Shelby Stitz had six saves.

St. Charles North 13, Eldorado 3 (5 inn.):
At Rent One Park in Marion, North set the tone early with seven runs in the first inning and four more in the second. Kurt Barbeau, Anthony Lambert, Ryan Thomas and Cory Wright drove in two runs apiece for the 3-2 North Stars.

St. Francis splits pair: At Wheaton, St. Francis opened its season with an 8-7 win against Waukegan before falling to Ridgewood, 5-1. Jack Petrando smacked a game-winning, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning against Waukegan. Josh Croci went 3 for 4 with three steals in the Ridgewood game.

St. Charles North 9, Montini 6:
At The Dome At The Ballpark in Rosemont, Abby Howlett had two hits and three RBIs in North’s season-opening victory.

Sabrina Rabin spaced four strikeouts, three hits and zero earned runs in the complete game while going 3 for 5 at the plate. Mickey Goetz added three hits.

Geneva 8-11, Wheaton North 7-13: At Geneva, Geneva split a wild doubleheader, outscoring the Falcons, 6-2, in the final two innings to win the opener. In the nightcap, the Vikings (2-1) tied the game with a five-run seventh before falling in nine innings.

Emily Plocinski was 4 for 4 in the opener, while Kirsten Searcy had a home run and four RBIs. Alexis Garibay had three hits and two RBIs in Game 2.

Rosary 15, Sandwich 3 (6 inn.): At Sandwich, Rosary used five-run rallies in the fourth and sixth innings to blitz the home team. Winning pitcher Cara Smoczynski struck out eight in the complete-game effort, while going 2 for 3 with a home run and five RBIs. Katherine Witte drove in two runs for the Royals.

St. Charles East 12, Elgin 3:
At Elgin, East captured four of five doubles matches in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division romp. Lauren McNally, Sam Nitti, Abbie Kielhack and Victoria Cardona were among the Saints’ double winners.

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