Created: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:16 p.m. CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:49 a.m. CDT
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Girls Soccer Insider: Jakubowski player of week

Huntley sophomore Taryn Jakubowski (11) dribbles towards the net under the defense of Palatine senior Morgan Radtke (18) during the first half of the girls soccer game Tuesday in Huntley. Huntley lost to Palatine, 1-0. (Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com )

Athlete of the Week

Taryn Jakubowski

Huntley, so., forward

Jakubowski has been a force up front for the Red Raiders’ offense this season. She has eight goals, which is the top total in the area. She also has added two assists to help the Red Raiders start 6-2-0 on the season.

She scored two goals in Huntley’s 2-0 win over Hersey early in the season. She then scored two goals in the team’s 7-0 victory over Larkin, and had the only goal in a 1-0 win over Crystal Lake Central on Tuesday.

“Taryn is one of most technical players I’ve ever coached,” Red Raiders coach Kris Grabner said. “To show that level of maturity at this age says wonders. Even though she isn’t a captain, all the older players on our team look up to her. It makes me happy as a coach to know that I get to work with her for two more years after this one.”

Noteworthy

Jacobs’ offensive struggles: Jacobs has scored just two goals all season. Before Tuesday, the Golden Eagles (1-4) had been shut out in three consecutive matches. They were able to put a win up Tuesday, defeating Grayslake North, 1-0. Goalkeeper Liz Foster got the shutout.

“We’ve been trying to focus primarily defensively to start this season,” Golden Eagles coach Stephanie Schuck said. “We want to focus on capitalizing on the other teams’ mistakes. It will take some time, but I’m confident we’ll get to where we need to be.”

Jacobs’ back defensive line has been getting stronger, led by Heather Hoffman and Mikaela Thomas. Picking up their first win could result in a positive sign moving forward.

Gators happy to be home: Crystal Lake South scored one goal in its first three matches (0-2-1), which were all played on the road. On Tuesday, the Gators got back home and broke out in a big way. South scored eight goals in a shutout of Hampshire. Not only were eight goals a lot for a team in one match, but an even bigger positive for the Gators was that eight different players contributed a goal.

Erin Woeste and Brandie Minogue led the charge with a goal and assist each for a Gators team hoping this offensive outburst will give it some confidence moving forward.

Warriors off to strong start: McHenry has won three of its first four games this season. Part of the reason for the success is midfielder Alexis Morales, and coach Greg Eiserman said he doesn’t believe she gets enough credit for how she contributes to the team.

“She is our engine that makes things go,” Eiserman said. “She does so many things well for us, but it isn’t always something statistical, so the credit is not always there for how important she is to us.”

Eiserman is starting to see the girls buying into the “McHenry Way.”

“We may not always have the most talented, superstar players,” he said. “But that doesn’t matter. We have our system, and if the girls buy in to it, we will always be competitive.”

This week’s top matches

Cary-Grove at Crystal Lake Central

4:30 p.m. Thursday

The Trojans come off a 6-0 win over Johnsburg, playing some of their best soccer of the season. They possess speed up front with Emma Baker and Carli Petersen, who lead the team in scoring. Cary-Grove will have a tough test against one of the best goalkeepers in the area in Caitlyn Dayton. The senior goalkeeper has three shutouts in her past four games.

Woodstock at Dundee-Crown

4:30 p.m., Tuesday

Woodstock started the season with three straight victories before losing, 2-0, to Prairie Ridge on Tuesday. The host Chargers look to stay unbeaten (2-0-1) in this FVC crossover match in Carpentersville.

– Chris Casey

ccasey@shawmedia.com