Quarterfinal #3: Stevenson 8 Naperville Central 7
LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - Tori St John scored the
game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation to send the game to
extra time and Karen Lowry connected on the game-winning goal in the
first overtime period as Stevenson defeated Naperville Central 8-7 on
In a back-and-forth affair, both the
Patriots and Redhawks looked at certain points like they had control of
the game, only to see the other team make a big run or a key play to
change the dynamic of the game. Credit Stevenson for taking it to the
state's top-ranked team, as the hosts built up a 5-2 lead midway through
the second period and looked like a much different than the one that
lost to the Redhawks 7-5 just two weeks ago.
Credit the Redhawks for not backing down,
though, as goals from Abbey Kerth and Emily Sejna before halftime cut
the Patriots' advantage to 5-4. Central didn't stop there, as Lizzy
Giuliani connected on a surprise shot from the left side to even the
score at 5-5 in the first minute of the third quarter. From there,
things stayed pretty much even, as the hosts' Erin McCook scored on an
outside shot and Sejna scored a breakaway goal to send things to the
final period tied at 6-6.
Stevenson goalie Lisa Michalowski (14 saves)
denied Giuliani early in the period after an ejection on what looked
like a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but Giuliani scored two minutes
later to give Central a 7-6 lead. Things stayed that way for the next
two minutes, with Stevenson's St John getting the best chance to tie the
game with a minute left in transition, before Sejna got back in time to
force a turnover.
That setup a frantic finish between the two
squads. Stevenson got possession and called a timeout to setup a play
with 0:47 left on the clock. The play call worked in more ways than one,
as McCook started with the ball on the right side, drew a foul, dropped
a pass in to a driving Lowry, who drew Sejna's third ejection at the
0:40 mark. Stevenson took their last timeout to setup their next play,
which worked to perfection when St John was left alone on top and scored
from just outside of five-meters to tie the game at 7-7.
The Redhawks had a major chance on their
next possession, as Kerth drew the third ejection on Cheyenne Montijo
with 0:11 remaining, but Central couldn't capitalize and the game went
The two overtime periods
proved to be a defensive battle, with neither team scoring on eight
consecutive attempts. In the waning seconds of the first overtime
period, however, Stevenson's Karen Lowry scored the eventual
game-winning goal to stun the Redhawks. The visitors had several chances
to score in the second overtime session, but it was the Patriots'
defense that came up big, shutting out the Redhawks over a six-minute
period to earn the win.
Lowry scored 3 goals, Montijo notched 2
scores, and McCook, St John, and Shelby Kohalmy each scored once in the
win for Stevenson. Sejna led the Redhawks with 3 goals, while Giuliani
and Kerth each put in 2 scores in the loss.
The Patriots advanced to Saturday's
semifinal round to play St Ignatius on Saturday morning.