Skylar Groth, Buffalo Grove Control Hoffman Estates

Buffalo Grove 3, Hoffman Estates 0


The Buffalo Grove girls soccer team kept the ball in the attacking half of the field for most of its MSL opener against Hoffman Estates Friday, but a combination of strong winds, poor finishing and an improved Hawks team held the Bison to just three goals in a 3-0 victory. 


Through the first 20 minutes of the game, Buffalo Grove was dominating possession but had only managed to put one goal in the back of the net. Then, senior midfielder Skylar Groth changed that with a right-footed 25-yard strike that tucked just inside the left post. 


In addition to having the top goal of the night, Groth added an assist—to junior midfielder Jessica Kovach — for Buffalo Grove’s first goal of the game. Freshman Georgette Topalis finished a header for the final goal.


In five games this season, the Bison have allowed only one goal — on a questionable penalty kick in the season opener against St. Viator. 


“Our team is a senior-laden team, and the connections we’ve been making have been getting better and better. But today, I think the girls would even admit, it was a little sloppy and there were some opportunities we didn’t finish. But it was enough for the win, and we’re happy to be 1-0 in conference.” — Buffalo Grove coach Pat Dudle


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Published by Jakub Rudnik

Chicago-area sportswriter. DePaul journalism professor. VP of content and SEO at Shortlister. Founder of