Utilizing her velocity and quickness, freshman ahead Maggie Wolniakowski went from being an unproven rookie Thursday to a sudden spot in the midst of the highlight for Windfall.
And he or she’s clearly a fast examine.
Wolniakowski’s sister, Kailey, was a four-year starter and high-scoring ahead who graduated final yr. Their brother, Ryan, is a junior defender for the boys soccer crew.
“They taught me every thing,” Maggie stated. “I liked watching Kailey play right here.”
In her second varsity recreation, Maggie had an evening to recollect with a hat trick for the Celtics in an 8-0 win over Marian Catholic within the Windy Metropolis Ram Traditional at Lincoln-Method Central.
Freshman midfielder Alyssa Thulin additionally scored twice and assisted on one in every of Wolniakowski’s three targets for Windfall (1-1). Thulin missed Tuesday’s opener attributable to sickness.
Olivia Pressler, one other freshman, stood out in adversarial situations for Marian Catholic (0-2). The busy goalkeeper completed with 9 saves, together with one on a penalty kick try.
Making the largest push, nonetheless, was Wolniakowski. Her sister Kailey, Windfall’s class salutatorian who’s now a scholar at Clemson, would definitely have been proud.
“I simply love taking part in soccer, scoring and having all of that enjoyable on the market,” Maggie stated. “I wish to play aggressively, however on the similar time, distribute the ball to all people.”
In that manner, Wolniakowski confirmed a decisive aptitude. The third participant in her household to swimsuit up for Windfall, she delivered a putting efficiency that radiated confidence and savvy.
Wolniakowski acquired to a bunch of unfastened balls and demonstrated a pointy of entirety for the Celtics. Most impressively, she confirmed a knack for attending to the online.
“I’ve additionally been taking part in membership my entire life,” she stated. “Having the coaching that I had earlier than this positively ready me for highschool.”
Windfall coach Dan Potempa loved watching Wolniakowski succeed, significantly after having her older sister clear the trail ahead.
“The factor about Kailey is that she all the time acquired herself into nice place,” Potempa stated. “She was a really sensible participant. She was all the time in the precise spot.
“Maggie has that capacity. She additionally has the drive. We noticed that when she created the penalty kick alternative. She did that together with her sheer drive and hustle.”
Thulin, who’s from Shorewood, additionally displayed that capacity in connecting with Wolniakowski. They had been unfamiliar with one another till the beginning of the college yr.
“We’ve got lessons collectively like gymnasium,” Thulin stated of Wolniakowski, who’s from New Lenox. “That has helped us get to one another as individuals.”
Wolniakowski had a one-game head begin on Thulin however shortly tailored to the tempo.
“I like to make use of my footwork so much,” Thulin stated. “Being a freshman, the largest adjustment is simply studying how and realizing when to positively shoot extra, particularly when I’ve house.
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“It’s nice to have all of the connections with one another and to have the ability to play collectively.”
Wolniakowski, in the meantime, is used to taking part in up towards older competitors.
“Simply since you are youthful doesn’t imply you have got much less expertise or capacity,” she stated. “The most important factor I’ve discovered as far as a freshman is to not let the older women intimidate me.”
“I’m very excited to see the place (Maggie) goes to go sooner or later,” Potempa stated.
Thursday night time might be the beginning of particular for Wolniakowski, who has an exuberance and innocence to her model. And it goes past the expertise to easily rating. She passes the credit score.
“Everyone was so supportive,” she stated. “That’s what I’m going to recollect essentially the most about this recreation — seeing all the grins on my teammates’ faces after I scored.”
Patrick Z. McGavin is a contract reporter for the Day by day Southtown.