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Prep Girls Soccer Insider: Royals get healthy

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
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Jeff Krage – For the Kane County Chronicle Geneva’s Megan Kozlow (right) advances the ball during a game on March 23 against West Aurora in Geneva. The Vikings conclude their road trip to the St. Louis area today with a match against O’Fallon.

A pair of sophomore standouts have quickly returned to the Rosary lineup.

Forward Quincy Kellett and defender Maria Witte – both key pieces for the Royals last season as freshmen – were nursing injuries in the preseason, and Witte missed Rosary's season opener, but both are now back in the team's lineup.

Kellett burst onto the scene with a 27-goal season as a freshman. Rosary coach Kristy Kane said shaking off the rust is a work in progress.

"I think just her shooting, some of those things, she needed to work a little bit to get back to where she was, but she's such an athlete, it doesn't take her long to get back in the swing of things," Kane said.

Rosary (0-1-1) is coming off a scoreless tie against Glenbard North and is due to return to action today against Oswego East.

"Things are starting to come together a little more now that we have two games under our belts," Kane said.

Downstate doings

Geneva will conclude its road trip to the St. Louis area today with a morning match at O'Fallon.

The Vikings started the trip strong with Thursday's 5-0 blanking of Granite City. In addition to a pair of goals by Amanda Lulek, Molly Axen, Courtney Lardas and Taylor Williams also scored for the Vikings.

After returning home, Geneva will get extremely comfortable playing on St. Charles East's field.

The Vikings visit the Saints for a conference game Tuesday, then are scheduled to play three tournament games on East's field on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Geneva's St. Charles theme will then continue; St. Charles North is next up for the Vikings on April 9 in Geneva.

Game on

Batavia and St. Charles East had their early-season matchup postponed by inclement weather.

The match, to be played at East's Norris Stadium in St. Charles, was rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. today. It will mark the UEC River debut for both teams.

IN THE GROOVE

Amanda Lulek, Geneva, Sr., F

What she did: Lulek scored two goals and assisted on a score from Molly Axen on Thursday as the Vikings prevailed, 5-0, against Granite City.

Carly Pottle, St. Charles East, Sr., F

What she did: Pottle scored two goals in Saturday's 5-0 win against St. Edward and added two more Thursday as the Saints knocked off Wausau (Wis.), 6-0.

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM LAST WEEK

Batavia is not going to be a push-over this spring.

The Bulldogs, who don't return as much proven firepower as Tri-Cities rivals Geneva, St. Charles East and St. Charles North, have started the season 2-0-2 after a solid run at the Lake Park Invitational.

WHAT WE'LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD

How strong Geneva's prospects are to win the Upstate Eight Conference River for a third straight season.

The Vikings start conference play with a key clash Tuesday at St. Charles East, which also hopes to be a factor in this year's conference race.

COACH SLY SAYS

Look out for St. Charles East this spring as a dark horse threat to win the River.

Coach Sly has a sneaking suspicion that the Saints are going to be prove to be a tricky team for Geneva (defending conference champs) and St. Charles North (defending state runners-up) to deal with.

That Pottle/Hilton combination that clicked so well for East's basketball team this winter might just prove to be even harder to handle on the pitch, and East has plenty of other solid contributors, too. Between the boys program's rise and what the girls are capable of doing this spring, soccer is coming back in a big way at Norris Stadium.

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