Girls Soccer Looks to Dominate PepsiCo Showdown


The Girls Varsity Soccer team has been on a roll with their season. The team beat Niles North last week and have an impressive 6-2 record to show for it.

“The season has been very exciting so far and the last five games we played extremely well. We haven’t given up a goal in the last five games and as a whole, everybody has been playing well,” Varsity Coach Brett Clish said.

The girls are currently participating in the PepsiCo Showdown and have been asserting their dominance. 216 teams compete in the tournament. It’s a big event with 16 teams in the Niles West Girls bracket, with four other brackets left. The PepsiCo Showdown is the largest high school soccer tournament in the nation.

“We won 7-0 in our first game of the PepsiCo showdown and are really confident that we will go far and even win it all!” senior co-captain  Kaylie Dyer said.

The team will be playing Elgin High School Tuesday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. on home turf. If the team continues to win their scheduled games this week–they have an additional two more– they will move on to the semi-finals which take place Saturday, April 16. Finals will be Sunday April 24.

“This is our second year playing at the PepsiCo Showdown, and last year we lost in the finals. So we hope to win our bracket this year. We enjoy playing at PepsiCo because we end up playing teams we never have had the chance to before,” senior co-captian Emela Mehicevic said.

The girls also hope to win Regionals. They have just over a month, and the rest of the season looks promising. Make sure to stay tuned for the girls progression through the tournament.