Quarterfinal #2: Mother McAuley 3 Fremd 2
LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - Mother McAuley outlasted
Fremd 3-2 in a defensive battle that went down to the wire in the second
quarterfinal game of the girls' state tournament on Thursday.
Vicky Arciniega recorded 2 goals and
Adrianna Izquerido notched the game-winner early in the fourth quarter,
as the Mighty Macs defense held the Vikings scoreless over the final
seven minutes of play to earn the one-goal win.
Neither team could score in the opening
period, with both defenses forcing several turnovers and both goalies (McAuley's
Sarah Abbott, Fremd's Julie Conrath) making a handful of key saves. The
biggest "save" of the opening quarter actually came in the dying
seconds, as Vikings' defender Emily Orlowski blocked a shot off the line
after an ejection to keep the game scoreless heading into the second
Even the game's first goal didn't come easy,
as Abbott denied a breakaway chance by Megan Kennedy before the Fremd
star grabbed the loose ball and found Emily McCarthy open on the
opposite side of the pool, where she gave the Vikings' a 1-0 lead.
The Mighty Macs starting creating better
chances late in the half, as Jackie Knightly had a great look but
smacked the post with a shot after a Fremd ejection. It looked like
McAuley would be shutout in the first half, until Arciniega scored from
two-meters in the final minute of the second period.
Mother McAuley finally gained the upper-hand
for the first time late in the third quarter, as Arciniega lobbed a shot
in from the right side to make the score 2-1. But just as McAuley did at
the end of the second quarter, Fremd's Sam Matuszewski scored on a
deflected attempt in the last minute to send the game to the final
period tied at 2-2.
That's where Izquerido, whose big
performance against Lyons helped get the Mighty Macs to state, made the
difference. After teammate Amy Kopale missed an outside shot, Izquerido
rushed the right post to slam home the rebound and give McAuley a 3-2
lead with over six minutes left to play. And just like in their first
encounter, the Mighty Macs' defense held Fremd without a goal, stopping
several Fremd chances in the final minute of play to secure the win and
a place in the semifinal round.
McAuley will take on rivals Fenwick in the
semifinal round on Saturday morning at Stevenson.