Todd Elkei had the magic touch at Crete-Monee and Homewood-Flossmoor. Now in his second season at Lockport, Elkei has the Porters on the verge of winning the school's first girls soccer conference title.
After knocking off Sandburg and Homewood-Flossmoor last week, Lockport (12-5) is a week away from potentially pulling off that feat. Julie Divita and Lexi Cozzi, who keyed the two victories last week, are two reasons the Porters most likely will set a program record for victories in a season. That record stands at 13 with four regular-season game remaining.
"I knew we had the potential to be good at the start of the season," said Elkei, whose squad went 13-6 last season. "We've taken steps in the right direction this year."
The Porters will find out where they stand Friday when they play host to No. 2 Naperville Central. This could be a prime opportunity for Lockport to pull off an upset and build some momentum heading into the postseason.
Central will face rival Naperville North on Thursday for the second time in six days, so it will be interesting to see how much that emotionally charged match will affect Naperville Central on Friday night.
Coming next week: Corner Kicks will break down area girls soccer clubs, giving you a look at what you truly receive when you write that check each year. Stay tuned.
Here are a few highs and lows from the seventh week of the girls soccer season.
Team gains with impressive play: For the first time in the program's history, Loyola moves atop the Tribune Top 10. Not only are the Ramblers the top team in the area, they're ranked No. 4 in the latest ESPN FAB 50 national poll.
Individual increase: Naperville Central goalie Jill D'Amico made seven big saves Saturday against Naperville North to record her 12th shutout.
Struggling: Metea Valley had back-to-back 1-0 losses, to No. 1 Loyola and No. 3 Naperville North. Will the Mustangs' offense breakout against No. 7 Plainfield North on Friday?
This week's best bet: Palatine Invite kicks off Thursday night.