Semifinal #1: Fenwick 8 Mother McAuley 4
LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - Fenwick is heading back
to the state championship game after a strong defensive performance
earned them an 8-4 victory over rival Mother McAuley on Saturday
morning. The Friars actually trailed 3-2 after the first play of the
second quarter, but held the Mighty Macs scoreless for over fifteen
minutes during a 6-0 run that spanned three quarters.
McAuley was on top early on, after early
goals from Vicky Arciniega and Jackie Knightly. But the Friars responded
with goals from Maggie Carey and Gena Wendt to tie the score at 6-6
after one period. Clare Bryar scored on McAuley's first possession of
the second quarter, but it was the last time the Mighty Macs would find
the back of the net until late in the final quarter.
Trailing 3-2, Cara Borkovec and Annie
Collins scored consecutive goals in the first minute of the second
period to give the Friars their first lead of the contest. Colleen
Barron added a goal shortly thereafter, allowing the Fenwick defense to
focus on shutting down Arciniega and company for the rest of the period.
McAuley's frustration went from bad to worse
early in the second half, as Arciniega was called for her third
ejection, and the confusion resulted in a Fenwick penalty. Sarah Abbott
made a five-meter save and several saves soon after to keep the Mighty
Macs in the game, Colleen Barron added a goal midway through the third
period to give Fenwick a 6-3 lead.
The Fenwick defense continued to rise to the
occasion, while Carey and Haley Wickham each added scores in the last
quarter to give the Friars an 8-3 advantage. Knightly quickly scored her
second goal to cut the lead to 8-4, but that was all the offense McAuley
could generate before the final whistle sounded.
Colleen Barron and Maggie Carey led the
balanced Fenwick offense with two goals apiece, while Borkovec, Collins,
Wendt, and Wickham each notched one score for the Friars. Knightly led
McAuley with 2 goals, while Arciniega and Bryar each scored one time in
the losing effort for McAuley.