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Girls Soccer: Oak Forest turns aside Reavis

Updated: April 30, 2013 10:32PM



With the end of regular season near, Oak Forest coach Stacey Lane is hoping to see her team peaking at the right time.

She certainly liked what she saw Tuesday night.

The host Bengals scored twice in the final six minutes to pull out a 3-1 Senior Night victory over Reavis in a South Suburban crossover.

“This is absolutely what we wanted to see,” Lane said. “Hopefully, this will carry over into the rest of our season. The pace we played with and the confidence we had working it into the corners and switching the ball, it was like night and day in the second half compared to the first.”

Senior Iris Montoya gave the Bengals (8-6-1, 7-4) a 2-1 lead with 5:37 to go, heading home a well-placed corner kick from Kelly McEathron.

The goal came after a prolonged stretch of pressure put on by Oak Forest. It was the Bengals’ fourth corner kick of the half.

“It felt really good,” Montoya said. “I didn’t even know it was going to go in. I just jumped.”

Maddie Baxa scored with 1:21 left in the match to ice it.

It was Baxa’s second goal of the night. She converted a penalty kick, after Montoya drew the penalty, with 11:04 left in the first half for a 1-0 lead.

“This was a huge win,” Baxa said. “It was Senior Night and everyone was really excited. The team played great.”

Reavis (9-7, 6-4) quickly answered Baxa’s first score as Priscilla Solorzano made a strong move and ripped a high shot past Nour Salah (5 saves) just 55 seconds later.

The Rams could not put anything together in the second half, though.

“We had a tough conference loss in penalties to Shepard on Friday and we just haven’t been the same team since,” Reavis coach Phil Basile said. “We lacked intensity. Oak Forest came ready to play and I felt like my girls were on their heels the whole time.”

Jakki Padilla had 10 saves for Reavis.



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