Reitz High School's girls' soccer team has all the tools to advance deep into postseason. The Panthers boast a potent one-two offensive punch of Carlee Fehribach and Stephanie Thompson and freshman goalkeeper Ariana Weare has recorded eight shutouts.
Add it up and Reitz is 15-0-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state. But after the regular season is completed, Panthers coach Jeremy Wolfe will be focused entirely on Mater Dei, his team's first-round sectional foe.
Panthers Getting ready to Roll!
Reitz will play Mater Dei (6-3-2) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 at EVSC Double Cola Fields. Wood Memorial (5-7-1) will meet Mount Vernon (2-9-0) at 5 in the sectional opener.
The Panthers, who are the defending sectional champion and have won three of the last five titles overall, blanked Mater Dei 4-0 on Sept. 11.
"Mater Dei is a great rivalry for us," Wolfe said. "We're both West Side schools and they're a tough first-round opponent. They'll be well-coached and be ready."
Fehribach, a junior forward, leads Reitz with 21 goals and six assists for 48 points.
"The good thing about Carlee is she has a lot of very talented players around her," Wolfe said. "The midfield is doing a great job of getting her in position and she's doing a good job of putting it in the back of the net."
Thompson, a sophomore midfielder, paces the Panthers in assists with 10 and is second in goals with 13. "She controls the center for us," Wolfe said. "She does a great job of distributing. She puts people in position to finish. By the same token, she's able to put it the back of the net, too."
In goal, Weare is surrounded by a solid core of defenders.
"It's tough having a freshman in goal," Wolfe said. "But she's surrounded by four defenders who all played significant time last year. The defense has done a great job of keeping the ball away."
At Castle, No. 16 Memorial (8-3-2) will play Harrison (7-4-1) at 6 p.m. in their sectional opener on Oct. 8. The Tigers beat Reitz on penalty kicks in the regional last year, eventually advancing to state.