Sunday Showcase Preview II: Plainfield South vs. Wheaton North

Who: Bloom, Romeoville, DePaul, Resurrection, De La Salle, Guerin, Herscher, Streamwood, Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Metea Valley, Wheaton South, Glenbard South, H-F, Crystal Lake Central, Saint Viator, Plainfield South, Wheaton North, Jacobs, Mother McAuley, Lincoln-Way East and Marist.

What: Sunday Showcase presented by Gatorade and Robert Morris University

Where: Lyons Soccer Complex (1301 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange)

When: Sunday, May 5

Why: See more than 500 high school girls soccer players from the city and suburbs, public and private schools all at the same site. Games kickoff at 9 a.m. and run every 90 minutes until 3 p.m. College coaches, media and fans can see three games at the same time.

SECOND OF 11 PREVIEWS

Preview II: Plainfield South vs. Wheaton North, 9: Alfonso Lopez is in year No. 3 leading Plainfield South, which posted a 15-7-1 mark last spring. Tim McEvilly is in his 19th season as head coach at Wheaton North, where the Falcons finished 4-14-4 in 2018.

Plainfield South names to remember: Seniors Emily Devivo (forward), Christina Schade (defender); juniors Emily Sauder (defender), Hannah Rebhan (defender) and Hannah Kostelz (midfielder); and sophomore Alyssa Grigg (midfielder).

Wheaton North names to remember: Seniors Anna Warfield (midfielder), Sarah Brcka (midfielder) and Kristen Szumski (defender); junior Rachel Brady (midfielder); and sophomores Kayla Shebar (forward) and Ella Kocher (defender).

Plainfield South speaks: “We’re young after losing 14 seniors last year,” Lopez said. “Our goal is to be a fast-paced team. Emily is our workhorse. She has dealt with a lot of injuries, but it hasn’t slowed her down. She has fought through it all and still found the time to always be present and help lead this young squad. She has a never-quit attitude.”

Wheaton North speaks: “This year, we have more athleticism and speed,” McEvilly said. “We have a roster full roster of players that can provide positive minutes in multiple roles. We’ve worked all year to overcome the mental hurdle of having 14 games last year that were one-goal or no-goal differences, which we ended up on the wrong end 90 percent of time. Rachel will be asked to carry a heavy physical and mental load.  She is a multi-sport athlete in her second year on varsity, who has improved her skill on the ball significantly.”

Did you know? Plainfield South and Wheaton North have never played each other in girls soccer.