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The Turning Point: Volume I

State Tournament Edition

 

The following key plays made a big difference for the winning teams in Thursday's quarterfinal round:

 

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Naperville North 17 Sandburg 4

McClure Sets The Tone For A Hungry Huskies' Team

Things could have been much more interesting if Sandburg got out to an early lead and doubt started creeping into the psyche of top-ranked Naperville North. Instead, McClure put in two straight goals from the same spot (right post, 2m out) early in the first quarter to get things going for the Huskies, as they built a 7-1 lead by the end of the first frame en route to a 17-4 victory over the Eagles.

 

Fenwick 15 St Ignatius 7

Masi Answers The Call For The Friars

Billy Barth had just scored a breakaway goal for St Ignatius that cut Fenwick's lead to 7-4 early in the third quarter. The Wolfpack looked like their halftime adjustments would help them make a run at the defending champs. Masi stepped up for the Friars immediately, rifling a shot into the left corner from seven meters out on Fenwick's next possession, then drawing an ejection that led to his second goal on the next trip down the pool to give the Friars a 9-4 lead. St Ignatius would never get within four goals of Fenwick as Masi would add three more goals.

 

Stevenson 12 Brother Rice 7

Stifling Defense Quickly Ends Upset Hopes

Brother Rice entered the state tournament looking to pull off their third straight upset. Stevenson had other plans, as the Patriots didn't allow many quality chances in the first half as they pulled out to a 7-0 lead before the Crusaders could get on the scoreboard. And when Brother Rice did get a good shot on goal, Patriots' goalie Shaurya Gilani kept them at bay, allowing just one goal in the opening half. The hosts led 9-1 at halftime and closed the book on a 12-7 quarterfinal round win thirty minutes later.

 

Loyola 15 Palatine 9

Loyola Trio Changes The Momentum

Palatine had just put a dent into Loyola's first quarter lead when Omar El Hoffi drew a penalty and Kristian Kalev cut Loyola's lead to 5-3 with less than a minute remaining. The Pirates could have gone to the first break with momentum and the crowd on their side, but Cam Shewchuck drew a late ejection and Tom Baker found Jack Schermerhorn open on the left post, and he found the back of the net with just a few seconds left in the quarter. With momentum back on their side, the Ramblers went on to score the next two goals as they built a 10-4 halftime lead before knocking off Palatine 15-9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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