Bridget Hilsman (left to right) Lizzie Cusick and Maddie Stupinski of Fenwick hold up the Windy City Ram Classic trophy after defeating Bolingbrook for the Windy City Ram Classic Championship at Toyota Park, Sunday, March 17th, 2013, in Bridgeview. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 19, 2013 6:28AM
Shootout losses are always tough to swallow.
But while there were some tears shed after Bolingbrook fell to Fenwick in Sunday’s Windy City Ram Classic Championship at Toyota Park, there were plenty of bright spots to take away from a successful first week of the season for the Raiders.
“It was a really good experience making it to the championship and playing here,” Bolingbrook defender Nikia Smith said. “It was a tough way to lose, but I’m really proud of my team and our fight.”
Jackie Mannion’s goal in the seventh round of penalty kicks was the game-winner as the Friars held a 5-4 edge in the shootout to earn a 1-0 win.
The teams were tied 3-3 after the original five shooters in the shootout as Cali Pyzdrowski, Bridget Hillsman and Maddie Stupinski scored for Fenwick (4-0) while Rachel Schneider, Caroline Harvey and Nikia Smith found the net for the Raiders (3-1).
Amy Fetters — who moved from defender to goalie when starter Karissa Jones was injured in the final seconds of regulation — came up with a big save on to keep Bolingbrook alive.
“All the credit to Amy,” Bolingbrook coach Martin Uscila said. “She’s not a goalie. We don’t have a backup goalie and for her to stick out and make a big save was huge.”
After Nora Madden scored for Fenwick and Jamie Gutierrez for Bolingbrook, Mannion’s goal became the game-winner when Bianca Rivera’s shot sailed wide for the Raiders.
“I was really nervous,” Mannion said. “I just aimed for the corner and it went in. It was really fun playing on this field and winning this tournament really got us pumped up and ready for the rest of the season.”
Fenwick’s Jesse Cwik made three saves in her fourth shutout of the tournament.
None were bigger than the one she made in the second overtime, when Melissa Verdin’s cross set up Harvey, whose shot was deflected by Cwik off the post and out.
Fetters and Jones made two saves each for the Raiders.