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The following previews cover the girls' sectional finals on Saturday, May 17.





1:30pm (1) Loyola vs (2) New Trier

It almost seems like it wouldn't be a sectional final Saturday without Loyola and New Trier playing for a berth in the state tournament. And if familiarity is on the docket, look for another close contest like last year's sectional final, which the Ramblers won on a last second goal to reach the state quarterfinals. The Ramblers and Trevians both stared down a handful of upset bids in the early rounds of sectionals but now must be ready for their toughest test of the season with plenty of pressure mounting on both sides. New Trier will have to stop Marta Considine on the offensive end if they hope to win this game, while the Ramblers must look for another strong defensive showing like in last night's win over Maine East if they want to stop a finely-balanced New Trier offense.




1:30pm (1) LWE vs (2) Andrew

All of the regular season meetings between LWE and Andrew resulted in narrow defeats for the T-Bolts, so expect another tightly-contested affair between the two SWSC squads on Saturday afternoon. The Griffins wouldn't mind a similar result to Friday's 11-3 victory over LWN in which they pulled away in the second half from the Phoenix to move on to the LWC Sectional's final game. Meanwhile, Andrew knocked off last year's sectional winner (LWC) in their own pool, so they should be confident that they can earn one more win that would get them to their first-ever state tournament. Will Aimee Schaaf, Haley McCabe and company be able to lead East to a sectional title or will Megan Hofer and the T-Bolts be to tough to stop on Saturday?




12:15pm (1) Fenwick vs (3) Lyons

Fenwick took care of business in quick fashion in the first semifinal game of the Lyons Sectional with an impressive win over York, while the Lions outlasted Oak Park on a last minute goal by Frankie Delleman. Can the hosts spring another upset against a Fenwick team that has looked quite dominant throughout the entire 2014 season or will the Friars be ready for any surprises that LT tries to throw at them?




12:30pm (1) Naperville North vs (2) Naperville Central

The Huskies are just one win away from earning a state tournament berth after such a dominant regular season that saw them only lose once and earn multiple wins over rival Naperville Central. The playoffs are where the Redhawks tend to shine, so its anyone's guess as to who will emerge with a sectional title when the teams do battle at 12:30pm at Metea Valley on Saturday. Can Jilian Eiken and Katie Horn help the Huskies dispose of their nemesis to get to state or will the Redhawks experience and confidence aid their cause as they look to make another run at a state title?




1:00pm (1) Stevenson vs (2) Mundelein

The Patriots and Mustangs renew their rivalry in a familiar setting with a state tournament berth on the line on Saturday afternoon. Mundelein won last year's edition in a close battle, but the Patriots had the Mustangs' number in 2014 and will hope for more of the same when the first whistle blows at 1:00pm on Saturday. Will the Mustangs be able to stop a well-balanced offense led by Allison Travetto and Melissa Gartenberg? Can the Patriots defend against scorers like Allie Booth and Emily Garcia? Which goalie will perform at the higher level, Anna Ward of Mundelein or the Stevenson duo of Becky Callen and Lauren Burns? The answers to these questions more than likely will give us our answer as to who will be playing in the state tournament next weekend.




1:30pm (1) Conant vs (2) Palatine

The Cougars make their first-ever appearance in the sectional final round full of confidence after beating Palatine a few weeks ago to clinch the MSL West title and eliminating last year's state qualifier Barrington 14-3. They will once again clash with a Palatine team that they eked out two wins over during the regular season. Will the Pirates be riding high after their sudden death overtime win over Fremd or will fatigue set in after having to play another tough battle less than 24 hours after their emotional victory?




10:30pm (1) Mother McAuley vs (3) Bremen

The Mighty Macs got their playoff season started in fine fashion with an 18-6 win over Richards, while the Red Jaguars went down to the wire before holding off Sandburg 11-10 on Friday. Mother McAuley is a team familiar with the pressure of a sectional final, so they hope to use their vast experience to claim another win and another shot at a state title (they finished third last season). The Mighty Macs will look for Clare Bryar and Fran Williamson to take care of business on the offensive end if they hope to win on Saturday. Bremen will depend heavily on Hannah Schultz taking on the bulk of the scoring like she did in yesterday's 8-goal performance in a victory over Sandburg. Whichever defense steps up will more than likely advance to play for another week during the 2014 season.




2:15pm (1) St Ignatius vs (2) Evanston

The Wolfpack have been impressive in their first two sectional games as they continued their quest to defend their state championship in 2014. They will have to be prepared for a constantly improving Evanston team that needs just one more win to get to the state tournament after they got past Lane 6-3 on Friday night. Both teams have plenty of options on the offensive and defensive ends, so look for the goalies (Jenny Stelnicki of SICP, Olivia Everhart of Evanston) to play a big factor in the outcome of this game.








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