The following previews cover the girls' sectional semifinals on Friday, May
4:30pm (1) LWE vs (5) LWN
The Griffins and Phoenix resume their rivalry in an early semifinal round
game at LWC on Friday. East got past North on multiple occasions during the
regular season, but they would be wise not to overlook a Phoenix team that
surprised LWW with a strong second half performance on Thursday.
7:00pm (1) Loyola vs (4) Maine East
The Ramblers seem to be a rejuvenated bunch after navigating their way
through one of the state's most difficult schedules in 2014. They nearly
stunned Mother McAuley in the Catholic League Tournament last weekend and
were impressing in getting past GBS in the opening round of sectionals on
Thursday. On the flip side, the Blue Demons have been on a roll after
beating New Trier last week and then avenging last year's sectional loss to
GBN last night. East will have to stop Marta Considine and Claire Voss on
the offensive end and hope that goalie Isabelle Trier has another monster
performance to go along with solid showings from Maria Protic and Medina
Husejnovic if the Blue Demons hope to reach their first sectional final.
7:00pm (1) Fenwick vs (4) York
The Friars coasted past Resurrection on Thursday afternoon but they will to
pick up the intensity against a York team that is highly-capable of pulling
off an upset if things go their way on Friday. Catie Wallace and Colleen
Barron will be front and center for the Fenwick offense, while Alexa Ovalle
could be the difference-maker in this contest for last year's sectional
champions. The Dukes will likely call on Grace Achepohl and Perri Brinkmeier
to both stave off the Fenwick offense and provide the bulk of the scoring
for the West Suburban Conference side.
METEA VALLEY SECTIONAL
7:00pm (1) Naperville North vs (4) STC North
The Huskies rolled through the regular season with only one blemish on their
record, so they have high hopes for the remainder of the postseason. They
must beware of a North Stars' team that will likely be amped up from their
dramatic 13-12 win over Hinsdale Central courtesy of Katie Difiglio's
game-winning goal with six seconds left in regulation. STC North will have
to contain both Jilian Eiken and Katie Horn if they hope to pull off a major
upset on Friday at Metea Valley.
7:00pm (1) Stevenson vs (5) Lake Forest
The Scouts surprised Libertyville 9-5 on Thursday in the quarterfinal round,
but they will have to take their game to another level if they hope to get
past Stevenson on Friday in the semifinals. The Patriots put up 23 goals on
Highland Park on Thursday and appear as hungry as ever to make a return to
the state tournament after missing out to Mundelein in last year's sectional
final. Could the two teams be destined to meet again to determine the
sectional champion at Mundelein?
7:00pm (1) Conant vs (4) Barrington
The Cougars are primed and ready to make a run at their first-ever state
tournament berth, but they will have to outmatch a Barrington team that
always seems to get the job done in the postseason. Conant showed no
ill-effects of last week's MSL title game loss to Wheeling when they
dispatched Hoffman 13-2 on Thursday night, but they will have to avoid
looking ahead to a sectional final game and will have to stop Sam Gavars if
they hope to get to the next round.
7:00pm (1) Mother McAuley vs (4) Richards
The Mighty Macs were the only team to earn a quarterfinal round bye in this
year's playoffs, so they will have to shake the cobwebs off rather quickly
if they hope to avoid an upset bid by the Bulldogs. Richards clawed their
way past Stagg on Thursday night and will hope to catch last year's
sectional champions by surprise.
7:00pm (1) St Ignatius vs (5) Whitney Young
The defending state champions began their quest to repeat with a solid 9-4
win over Latin on Thursday evening, but they will have to be at their best
when they face a Dolphins' team that snuck past Northside by one goal last
8:15pm (2) New Trier vs (3) Maine South
The Trevians bounced back from a handful of losses in the last week of the
regular season with a strong 10-1 performance against Prospect on Thursday.
Now, they must deal with a Maine South team that got strong games out of
both Giles Molloy and Jenna Zitkus on Thursday in an 8-5 victory over
Hersey. Can the Trevians get back to the sectional title game again in 2014,
or will the Hawks end up with one of their best chances to reach the state
tournament for the first time?
8:15pm (2) Andrew vs (3) LWC
The T-Bolts are one step away from having a chance at earning their
first-ever state tournament berth, but they will have to get past last
year's sectional champions (LWC) in order to do so. The Knights seem to be
hitting their stride at just the right time, so it would come as no surprise
to see them playing for a chance to return to Stevenson for the state
tournament when all is said and done on Friday night.
8:15pm (2) Oak Park vs (3) Lyons
The Huskies and Lions needed overtime to determine the West Suburban
Conference champ last week in this same pool. Will another close battle
between rivals be on the cards?
METEA VALLEY SECTIONAL
8:15pm (2) Naperville Central vs (3) Neuqua
The Redhawks have gotten the better of Neuqua Valley in recent meetings, but
the Wildcats are more than capable of knocking off last year's sectional
champions if they can get strong performances from Kaitlyn Gorski, Morgan
Miller, and Issi French. Meanwhile, Naperville Central will know better than
to look ahead to the sectional final round, as they seem to always know how
to handle their business in order to navigate through a tough sectional
8:15pm (2) Mundelein vs (3) Wheeling
The Mustangs got one step closer to defending their sectional title when
they got past Buffalo Grove on Thursday, but they could have their hands
full when they face Mid-Suburban League champs Wheeling on Friday night in
the late game.
8:15pm (2) Palatine vs (3) Fremd
MSL West rivals meet in the sectional semifinal round when Palatine and
Fremd get together for what will likely be another epic battle between the
two Palatine-based teams. Expect a sold-out crowd and a fierce battle
between two teams that are so close to a sectional final berth and a chance
at a state tournament appearance. The Pirates won both regular season
contests between the two teams.
8:15pm (2) Sandburg vs (3) Bremen
The Eagles and Red Jaguars both have a legitimate shot at a state tournament
berth this year, but only one of them will make it past the semifinal round
for a date with the winner of the McAuley/Richards game that takes place
before this contest. Sandburg won the regular season meeting between the two
squads and are back to full strength, but they will have to attempt to shut
down Hannah Schultz if they hope to make it back to the sectional final
8:15pm (2) Evanston vs (3) Lane
The Wildkits are the most-improved team of 2014 and could continue their
epic rise with a win over Lane in the sectional semifinal round. However,
the Indians have been in this position before and have a good deal of
experience that could see them return to the UIC Sectional finals.