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Quarterfinal #1: Fenwick 10 H-F 7

 

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - Fenwick earned a bit of revenge over Homewood-Flossmoor while continuing their quest for a state championship on Thursday afternoon as they grabbed a 10-7 victory over the Vikings in the first girls' quarterfinal game of the 2011 state tournament. In an evenly matched contest, the Friars got the Vikings' into foul trouble and then outscored them 5-2 over the final nine minutes of play to move on to the state semifinals.

 

H-F had a strong chance to beat Fenwick when Hannah Ongman tied the score at 5-5 midway through the third period. Annie Collins had other plans, however, as she took a pass from Gena Wendt after driving to the right post and scored late in the quarter to give Fenwick a 6-5 lead, one they would never relinquish in the final quarter. The Friars went ahead by two early in the fourth quarter on a goal by Meghan Barron, but Michelle Mayer quickly responded for the Vikings to cut the lead to 7-6 with just under six minutes remaining.

 

That's when things took a turn for the worse for H-F, as Rebecca Mathews picked up her third ejection on the next play for Fenwick. She was the second player to foul out for head coach Pat Duignan's squad, as Annie Schloen ended up with three kickouts in the first half. To make matters worse, Ongman was also ejected seconds later, leaving Fenwick head coach Jack Wagner with no choice but to call a timeout to make sure his team took advantage of the 6-on-4 situation. That's exactly what Maggie Carey did, scoring an easy goal from the right side to put the Friars on top 8-6.

 

Carey scored again two minutes later to seemingly put the game out of reach at 9-6, but Mayer fought for a loose ball at two-meters and scored to trim the lead to 9-7 with over two minutes left in regulation. That's as close as the Vikings would get, however, as Collins scored from two-meters out to seal Fenwick's 10-7 win.

 

Collins led the Friars with 3 scores, Carey, Maureen Barron, and Cara Borkovec each scored 2 times, and Nora Sweeney notched a goal in the win for Fenwick. Mathews scored 3 goals and both Mayer and Ongman put in 2 goals in the loss for the Vikings.

 

The Friars will take on rivals Mother McAuley in the semifinals on Saturday, as the Mighty Macs earned a 3-2 win over Fremd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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