Bianca St. Georges of the Chicago Red Stars tries to advance the ball against Portland on Saturday. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer, USA Today Sports
Area Sports Roundup: Top pick Ava Cook scores Red Stars’ lone goal in winless trip to Portland
By Jeff Vorva
Mixing a blend of veterans and newcomers, the Chicago Red Stars lost two games and tied one while scoring just one goal during a three-game preseason series in Portland.
New coach Chris Petrucelli watched his team open with a 0-0 deadlock with the U23 U.S. Women’s National Team on March 5. That was followed by a 2-1 loss to OL Reign on March 9 and a 1-0 setback to Portland on March 11.
Rookie Ava Cook was the lone Red Stars player to score as she put one in the net in the Reign match. Cook, who played college soccer at Michigan State, was the franchise’s first pick — No. 18 overall — in the 2022 draft.
Cook led the Spartans last fall with seven goals, three assists, 17 points, 77 shots and three game-winning goals in her final year in East Lansing.
The Red Stars continue the preseason with six games against three teams in the Challenge Cup.
They open 6 p.m. Sunday with a game at Houston. Area fans can get their first look at the team on March 25 when the Red Stars host the Kansas City Current at 7:30 p,m. at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.
There is a quick turnaround for their next match, a home battle with Racing Louisville FC at 6:30 p.m. March 30. Then another quick turnaround when they host Houston at 7 p.m. on April 2.
After a long delay, they are back at it April 16 at Louisville and conclude the Challenge Cup on April 24 at Kansas City.
The NWSL opens the season in May. The schedule has not been released.
On March 5, Sandburg’s Josie Canellis was crowned the Queen of the Hill, the title bestowed upon the winner of the IHSA girls basketball 3-point shooting contest.
But the area could not crown a king on March 12, the day the boys state championship games were played.
Just two shooters from the area advanced to the state competition at Redbird Arena in Normal, and both fell short of making the Final Four in Class 4A. Lyons senior Aidan Sullivan hit seven out of 15 shots and Brother Rice sophomore Cale Cosme had six in the preliminary round.
Sophomore Morez Johnson of St. Rita was named second-team All-State in Class 4A by the Associated Press.
Junior Deandre Craig of Mount Carmel was named first-team in Class 3A.
Area stars become Saints
Oak Lawn guard Mia Kennelly, a two-time South Suburban Conference Red Player of the Year, has committed to the University of St. Francis.
Kennelly joins Marist star Le’lani Harris, who also plans on playing at the Joliet private school.
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