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Prep roundup: Geneva girls soccer sharp in opener

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:21 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva girls soccer coach Megan Owens figured her team might be equipped to start the season fast considering the Vikings have 11 seniors this season.

That turned out to be the case Friday as Geneva shut out Wheaton Academy, 2-0, in the Vikings’ season opener.

“We’ve never had this many seniors in the program,” Owens said. “We have 11 seniors. That’s huge. Last year we had three. So it’s nice, we’ve got a lot of leadership and a lot of experience. Hopefully that will help us in some close games.”

Friday’s match was close until the final minute, when Allie Mikos scored off a counter-attack to give the Vikings their 2-0 margin. Mary Landry converted a header off a Courtney Lardas cross in the first half.

Owens considered the game a “good, solid start to the season,” and a boost to the team’s conditioning efforts.

“It’s been a little hard because you can’t get outdoors [because of the weather],” Owens said. “Shin splints and stuff become such an issue indoors. You’re used to coming off last season, when we could go 120 minutes and be alright, but we looked good.”

Wheaton Academy falls to 1-1-1. The match was originally scheduled for next Monday at Wheaton Academy but the date and venue were changed as the teams played on the Vikings’ turf Burgess Field.

The Vikings’ scheduled match at East Aurora next Tuesday also has been moved to Geneva so it can be played on turf. 

Geneva originally planned to open its season at DeKalb this Thursday but that match was postponed.

BASEBALL

Batavia to play Kaneland: The Batavia baseball team will face Kaneland on March 31 at Wheaton College’s Pfund Field, Bulldogs coach Matt Holm announced. Batavia originally was scheduled to face Sycamore that day.

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