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Girls Soccer: Naperville North knocks out Lockport

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Updated: June 20, 2013 4:14PM



With commencement scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Naperville North, the Huskies’ seniors had extra incentive to win in regulation even with the kickoff of Friday’s regional championship moved up to 5 p.m.

For Abbie Boswell, taking advantage of the downpour that coincided with the opening whistle simply whetted her appetite for capitalizing on the wet surface. Her hat trick was instrumental in North’s 4-0 victory over Lockport.

Unfortunately for the Porters, who reached their highest state ranking at No. 12, the season ended for a second straight year because of the Huskies. Unlike 2012, when it was 2-0 setback in the sectional final, this loss ended a 10-match win streak shy of a regional trophy. Lockport finished with a 14-4-1 record.

The defending state champion Huskies improved to 17-0-2 heading into a Barrington Sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against the winner of Saturday’s Naperville Central-Neuqua Valley finale to the Bolingbrook Regional.

“We knew Lockport was on a roll, so we had to come out strong from the outset,” North co-captain Cora Climo said. “Plus, us seniors wanted to make sure we got the job done to get more time to get ready for commencement.”

Abbie Boswell rose to the occasion just 2:34 into the contest by stealing the ball and blasting an 8-yarder into the right side. At the 18:17 mark, Claire Hilburger served a stellar cross that Boswell slid into for a goal that clearly disappointed the Porters.

“We were hoping to get through the first 10 minutes-plus to get past our nerves, even though we were acting confident,” Lockport coach Todd Elkei said. “But once those goals happened, we never got into our game in the first half. We played harder in the second half, but that’s not enough especially against a team like North. They’re not going to give up goals easily.”

Boswell chalked up her 27th goal of the season with 16:25 left before intermission for a 3-0 lead. Hilburger notched her eighth assist by setting up Caroline Rico for a 12-yarder that slipped through the hands of Porters goalie Alyssa DeYoung.

“As an outside mid, I’m always look to dribble down the side and get a cross over, since we have such excellent finishers. Abbie and Christa (Szalach) always seem to be in the right spot,” Hilburger noted.

“That was clearly the best we’ve started in a long time,” North coach Steve Goletz said. “Those early goals were huge, and Abbie had great finishes. I thought Claire came in and really charged up our attack. With Zoe (Swift) out with the flu, we had everyone step up to get us this win.”



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