The South Elgin girls soccer team showed its scoring depth against Streamwood on Wednesday.
With four different girls scoring and eight girls attempting a shot on goal, the Storm dominated in a 5-0 win at Millennium Field to earn a spot in Thursday's South Elgin Invitational title game against West Chicago. South Elgin lost to the Wildcats 2-1 in last year's title game.
"It feels pretty amazing to be in the title game, but we were in it last year," said Storm coach Tiffany Disher. "We can't get ahead of ourselves. We need to come out ready (Thursday)."
Both squads entered the game with a player having scored 5 goals in their team's opening two games, senior Savanah Uveges for the Storm (3-0) and junior Tawny Carroll for the Sabres (0-3).
Streamwood coach Matt Polovin knew the scoring threat Uveges posed, and his team held her silent most of the first half. Storm junior Delaney Kelleher scored the game's first goal off a nice feed from senior Caitlin Lange in the sixth minute, and the 1-0 score held until halftime.
"Our main focus was trying to deny Savanah Uveges the ball," Polovin said. "I thought in the first half we did that, but we were playing a little too defensive and we didn't have too many opportunities of our own."
However, Uveges got her opportunities in the second half scoring 2 goals and adding an assist. Her assist came on a Lange goal in the 48th minute for a 2-0 lead.
In the 51st minute, Uveges headed in a Alena Ignatev corner kick to make it 3-0, and from the top of the box Uveges found the top left corner of the net for a 4-0 lead in the 54th minute. Anna Tracy assisted on that goal.
"They kind of know how I play, and it was clear in the first half that they were keying on me," said Uveges, who plays for Polovin on her club team. "But I love when that happens because it opens up so many people, and we have a lot of scoring threats on our team."
Freshman Missy Greco scored her first varsity goal in the 68th minute for the final score of the match.
Carroll and freshman Shonali Pierce each had a shot on goal in the first half, both saved by Storm keeper Jourdan Vaulkner, but those were Streamwood's only shots of the game. Sabres keeper Nathalie Guindon had 13 saves.
"We're still going to work hard, and we just need to jell," Polovin said. "We've got a pretty young team, and I can't be too disappointed in them today playing against a team of South Elgin's caliber."
Bartlett 2, Glenbard South 0: Kendra Videckis and Josie Dembrowski each scored a goal for the Hawks (2-1-1) in this South Elgin Invite win. Jenna Noesen and Shaelen Kaiser added assists and Amanda Lozada made 3 saves in goal for Bartlett, which plays Streamwood at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the final round of the tournament.