Warren’s Returnees Looking To Build Off 2017’s Success

By Bob Narang

The Warren girls soccer team is motivated in a quest to make history…again.

After setting a program record for wins in a season with 21, capturing the North Suburban Conference title and advancing to a 3A sectional final in 2017, the Blue Devils are aiming higher this spring.

“It was such a great season we had last year,” Warren junior midfielder Courtney Chomko said. “It was a great group of girls, and the atmosphere was amazing.

“It was so much fun, and we made history. We’re hoping the new talent is able to come in and we can do just as well – if not better – than last year. Hopefully, we can keep the legacy going.”

Warren forward Ayusha Ayalur was a reserve last season. The senior is set to play a bigger role in her final season. The three-year varsity workhorse said the Blue Devils – especially the seniors – are working hard in the offseason to build off last season’s success.

“Last year was probably one of our best years in Warren soccer history,” Ayalur said. “We started conditioning in November, so we’ve been preparing for a long time.

“We have a lot of open spots on varsity, so it should be a good mix of returning players and new players. We’re all really excited.”

Senior goalie Lydia Sundberg received a first-class education last season watching starter Skylar Reilly play the difficult position in big games. Sundberg’s development is one of the key factors on whether the Blue Devils can sustain their success.

“Last year we learned how to keep each other accountable and did a lot of training in the offseason,” Sundberg said. “Watching Skylar helped me, and I just really learned a lot – how to be a starter and how to show up for the team in every practice and game.”

The Blue Devils return three starters from a 21-2-2 squad. They’ll need to figure out how to replace Alliyah Parker, who recorded a team-high 22 goals and 16 assists and finished her storied four-year career with 55 goals and 36 assists.

“Overall we have six girls returning, and they’ve helped establish a hardworking, competitive, team-first culture,” Warren coach Ryan McCabe said. “The players who are new to the varsity level will do well to continue that culture and stay focused on the process of improving rather than seeking the result.”

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