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Sectionals 2011

GIRLS Finals Preview

By Aaron Brown


One could make a strong argument that the day of the sectional finals is the greatest of the 2011 season. It's tough to beat the state tournament weekend, the first game of the season, and opening day for practice, but the possibilities are endless on Sectional Final Saturday for so many teams that either have their eyes on a state championship or their first state tourney berth in 2011. Here is a brief preview of the final eight games of sectionals:



Barrington Sectional

4:00pm Fremd vs Barrington

Barrington is seeking their third straight upset win after beating St Viator and Schaumburg in the last two rounds of their own sectional tournament. Their task becomes much more difficult on Saturday afternoon, as they need to get past a Fremd team that just does not lose to Mid-Suburban League teams. The Vikings beat the Fillies twice in 2011. Can they grab a third win and get back to the state tournament while playing in a hostile environment, as Barrington seems to like playing in the own pool this week?



Fenwick Sectional

12:00pm Fenwick vs Oak Park

Oak Park has racked up 34 goals and allowed just 3 scores in the first two rounds of sectionals this week. Their task just got a bit more difficult when they travel a few miles up the road to take on Fenwick at their home pool on Saturday afternoon. Fenwick had no problems getting past the Huskies in their one contest during the regular season; can they grab another win and get back to the state tournament or does OPRF have something up their sleeve for the Friars?



GBN Sectional

12:00pm Loyola vs New Trier

It might be best to throw everything out that you know about both Loyola, New Trier, and how they match up against each other this season.  Last year, Loyola was the top-seed entering the final game and New Trier beat them 11-10 to get to state. So here we are again in the same situation, with Loyola on a roll after beating Fenwick last weekend and New Trier outlasting Evanston in overtime on Friday. Want a prediction? How about a close game. That's all anyone probably knows at this point.



LWN Sectional

12:00pm H-F vs Bremen

It would be hard to blame Homewood-Flossmoor from thinking about improving upon their fourth-place finish at the state meet in 2010. But they would be wise not to overlook a Bremen team that has been threatening to get to state themselves for the past two years. H-F won the first contest between the two teams, but that was back in Week 1, so we'll see of Red Jaguars have any tricks up their sleeve for the Vikings at noon on Saturday.



Lyons Sectional

12:00pm Lyons vs Mother McAuley

If you had to pick a sectional final game to attend, the matchup between Lyons and Mother McAuley just might be the game to see. Expect a closely-contested matchup between the #8 and #10 teams in the state in Western Springs on Saturday.



Neuqua Valley Sectional

12:00pm Naperville Central vs Naperville North

Naperville North couldn't beat Naperville Central in two tries during the regular season. So why should they be optimistic heading into the sectional finals? Mainly because they same could have been said about Waubonsie Valley heading into the semifinal round, and the Huskies disposed of the Warriors 7-4 on Friday. On the other hand, the Redhawks have lost once this year to Fenwick, so they aren't used to losing. They probably won't overlook their rivals in a game that leads to the state tournament, so an upset for North in this one could be tough to achieve.



UIC Sectional

1:30pm St Ignatius vs Lane

To say that Lane is on a roll is probably an understatement. The Indians have won 27 games in a row and just don't allow very many goals. They'll have their work cut out for them on Saturday though, as they face a tough St Ignatius defense that also has several weapons on the offensive end. The Wolfpack also won the Catholic League tournament last weekend, so it will take an extraordinary effort from Lane to upset St Ignatius.



Vernon Hills Sectional

12:00pm Mundelein vs Stevenson

Mundelein has two wins over Stevenson in 2011. That might mean absolutely nothing when the two teams meet in the final game of the Vernon Hills Sectional on Saturday afternoon. The last time that played was back in Week 6 anyways, so either team could emerge as a state qualifier when all is said and done on Saturday.




For more previews and info, check out the Girls' Sectional Previews and the 2011 Sectional Center.




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