Girls soccer: Wawrzyniak sisters lead Round Lake past Waukegan
Alexandria Wawrzyniak has been one of the leaders on Round Lake's girls soccer team for the last few years and has been an all-area standout as her work ethic on the field and how she leads by example for the Panthers have been centerpieces of her game.
She led the way again with a pair of goals while her sophomore sister Natasha added the other goal, with Claudia Hernandez picking up an assist as Round Lake breezed past Waukegan 3-0 in a nonconference matchup at Sports Park in Waukegan on Friday afternoon.
The Panthers have won two straight matches and improved their overall record to 2-1.
Alexandria Wawrzyniak has scored 4 goals in the Round Lake victories.
The Panthers won Friday even though the team was without four of its players, three out for spring break, and Dana Devera out with a shoulder injury until the end of the month.
Alexandria Wawrzyniak has had the opportunity to play along with her sister over the first few games.
"It's really fun and it's really good that I can set her up," Alexandria Wawrzyniak said. "I like to help her as much as I can. She's very technical and pretty good with her feet. She can read me and I can read her. We do know where each other will be. She plays the outside midfield and I can lead her."
There were some combinations of passes between the two during the match, but there wasn't one that led the Panthers to a goal in this one.
However, Natasha Wawrzyniak scored Round Lake's opening goal off a deflected play in the box and she found the back of the net for her second goal of the season in the 23rd minute.
"I was just there for the rebound," Natasha Wawrzyniak said. "I just followed the ball and I was able to get a shot off."
Alexandria Wawrzyniak made the score 2-0 in favor of the Panthers in the 61st minute with a goal from up top.
Then, she followed up with her second goal on a pass from Hernandez. Alexandria Wawrzyniak controlled the ball and beat three Waukegan defenders on a breakaway goal in the 78th minute.
"We looked good for our third game, especially on turf," Round Lake coach Josue Jimenez said. "I know we still have to adjust to be a lot quicker. Our possession needs to be a little better. It's good to see the skill levels going up on both Waukegan and us."
Giselle Raygoza earned her second-straight shutout as she made 3 stops against the Bulldogs (1-2).
"You can tell (Round Lake) was mature and they knew what they were doing," Waukegan coach Rachel Brennan said. "We're learning and getting better."