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Semifinal #1: St Ignatius 14 Homewood-Flossmoor 11


LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - St Ignatius saved their best performance for overtime as they outscored H-F 6-3 in extra time to earn a 14-11 victory over the Vikings on Saturday afternoon. Playing from behind for most of the game, the Wolfpack finally turned things on in the final period to take the lead, but Rebecca Mathews goal in the final minute of regulation sent the game to overtime tied at 8-8.


In the extra session, St Ignatius went on a 3-0 run after surrendering a goal to H-F's Maya Holst at the start of the first period. Stephanie Fernandez even the score at 9-9 with an outside shot that connected, then Celeste Almarez scored moments later to give the Wolfpack a lead they would never relinquish. Yvette Leon scored a breakaway goal in the final minute of the first overtime period, but Holst recorded her second goal to get the Vikings back within one score with three minutes to play.


In the second overtime period, Kate Stelnicki got loose on a breakaway and drew a penalty that Almarez converted. Michelle Mayer got a goal back for H-F to cut the lead to 12-11, but Almarez quickly responded with her seventh goal of the contest to make the score 13-11. Fernandez added a late goal for the Wolfpack, and the Vikings were unable to record another goal in the game's final minute.


Along with the seven goals scored by Almarez, Fernandez and Leon each scored 3 times and Rebecca Insalaco scored one goal in the win. Mathews led H-F with 6 scores and Maya Holst tallied 2 goals in the loss. 




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