Girls soccer: Vernon Hills' quick start does in Grayslake Central

  • Grayslake Central's Dahlia Rodriguez fouls Vernon Hills' Victoria Lukyan in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Grayslake Central's Dahlia Rodriguez fouls Vernon Hills' Victoria Lukyan in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Dahlia Rodriguez and Vernon Hills' Rachel Ackerman compete for the ball in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Grayslake Central's Dahlia Rodriguez and Vernon Hills' Rachel Ackerman compete for the ball in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central goalkeeper Piper Gallaher stops a penalty kick by Vernon Hills' Victoria Lukyan during Tuesday's game in Grayslake. The rebound was kicked into the net for a Cougar goal.

      Grayslake Central goalkeeper Piper Gallaher stops a penalty kick by Vernon Hills' Victoria Lukyan during Tuesday's game in Grayslake. The rebound was kicked into the net for a Cougar goal. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Katie Armstrong tries to control the ball against Vernon Hills' Berenice Gonzalez in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Grayslake Central's Katie Armstrong tries to control the ball against Vernon Hills' Berenice Gonzalez in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Maddy Monahan heads the ball against Vernon Hills' Ava Lukyan in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Grayslake Central's Maddy Monahan heads the ball against Vernon Hills' Ava Lukyan in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Vernon Hills' Frances Poulos breaks away from Grayslake Central's Maddy Monahan in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Vernon Hills' Frances Poulos breaks away from Grayslake Central's Maddy Monahan in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Madison Hoffmann heads the ball in front of Vernon Hills' Rylee Makowskyj in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Grayslake Central's Madison Hoffmann heads the ball in front of Vernon Hills' Rylee Makowskyj in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Vernon Hills' Grace Guillaume reacts after the first goal of the game against Grayslake Central in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Vernon Hills' Grace Guillaume reacts after the first goal of the game against Grayslake Central in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Ava Ramsey tries to block Vernon Hills' Chloe Ravenscraft from the ball in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Grayslake Central's Ava Ramsey tries to block Vernon Hills' Chloe Ravenscraft from the ball in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Vernon Hills' Rylee Makowskyj tries to slow down Grayslake Central's Maddy Monahan in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Vernon Hills' Rylee Makowskyj tries to slow down Grayslake Central's Maddy Monahan in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Vernon Hills' Grace Guillaume tries to dribble the ball from the turf as Grayslake Central's Madison Hoffmann takes over control in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

      Vernon Hills' Grace Guillaume tries to dribble the ball from the turf as Grayslake Central's Madison Hoffmann takes over control in a girls soccer game in Grayslake on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Mike Garofola
Daily Herald Correspondent
Posted4/6/2022 1:00 AM

Vernon Hills' girls soccer team had a perfect start after its nearly two week break with an impressive 4-2 victory Tuesday night over host Grayslake Central at William Eiserman Stadium.

Grace Guillaume's first-half double, her second coming in the 40th minute, gave the Cougars (3-0-2) a 3-1 advantage at the intermission to help the visitors to the nonconference victory.

 

"With our spring break and all we've been away from soccer and it showed at times tonight, but we still were able to play some good soccer on both sides of the ball to get a nice win," said Guillaume.

Guillaume and her teammate Ashley Sawa formed a dynamic partnership in the middle of the park and along with Julia Kempf, Frances Poulos, and sophomore, Ava Lukyan would be the driving force in an attack that created several chances all throughout the entertaining wide-open affair.

"We did create plenty of chances on the night and we probably should have finished a few of them, but when you score 4 goals -- it's not a bad night offensively," said Cougars coach Mike McCaulou, whose club is away on Thursday at Glenbrook South.

Guillaume bagged the opener in the 15th minute, with helpers coming from both Sawa and Lukyan before Poulos gave the visitors a two-goal advantage just after the half-hour.

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The Rams (1-3-0) would pull one back 60 seconds later when Kaitlyn Morrissey steered in her close range effort off a Katie Armstrong corner.

Rams keepe, Paige Gallaher, who turned in a quality night between the sticks, stopped the initial spot-kick from Guillaume but in the process the ball spilled freely back to the Cougars' senior whose one-timer made it a 3-1 match at the break.

Armstrong's inward swinging corner found the far inside netting in the 50th minute to draw the home side closer, but an opportunistic Katie Huse,- who followed the play and ball to the back post was able to restore the Cougars' two-goal cushion in the 54th minute.

"Even in defeat, I felt like we did a lot of positive things out there tonight including putting together Courtney (Fletcher) and Madison Hoffman together up top to give us strength, size, and speed which I know will put a lot of pressure on our opponents from here on out," said Rams coach Keith Andersson.

"We were off for two weeks also and at times it showed, but it's early and it will take a little time to sort a few things out. But I know we're going to be a very good team when we get everything together."

Next up for the Rams is a nonconference match Thursday afternoon at Lake Forest Academy.

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