Girls Soccer: Lemont, Andrew come up short in Lemont Cup semifinals
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media May 10, 2014 7:36PM
Updated: June 12, 2014 7:00AM
Huddling up before the start of the second half of Saturday’s Lemont Cup semifinal against the host Indians, Hinsdale South’s players let out a chant: “This is our year. This is our day.”
It was, indeed, the Hornets’ day as Maggie Nicosia and Tess Sobol scored in the second half of a 2-0 win over Lemont.
“This is really good for us,” Hinsdale South’s Maggie Nicosia said. “Lemont is a team that usually beats us and it seems like it’s always a tough, one-goal loss, so it feels really good to beat them.”
The Hornets (12-6), who have spent the majority of their time over the years in the Lemont Cup in the consolation bracket, advanced to take on Waubonsie Valley in the title game.
The date and time for the championship game was still to be determined after rain forced the tournament to begin Saturday instead of Friday.
Nicosia was in the right place at the right time to get the Hornets on the board. Cali Vanderplow’s corner kick went through the box and found its way to Kristina Bielke on the opposite side of the field. Bielke’s shot attempt was off target, but right at Nicosia who headed it past Indians goalie Kelly Fritz with 16:45 left in the match.
Sobol provided the insurance goal with 6:21 to go.
Lemont (15-2-2) had a pair of strong chances early — Aleks Mihailovic firing just wide off a corner kick and Kim Jerantowski missing wide as well — but couldn’t get anything going against the Hinsdale South defense in the second half.
“They outworked us in the second half,” Lemont coach Rick Prangen said. “The first goal was a soft goal for us to give up and we kind of panicked after that. Hinsdale South played well and they played with a greater desire.”
Waubonsie Valley 3, Andrew 1
After falling behind early, the Warriors — missing several seniors due to prom — rallied with three unanswered goals in the other semifinal.
“We can survive without (the seniors),” Waubonsie’s CiCi Gazder said. “They teach us a lot in practice. When we gave up that first goal, we knew we had to step it up. We knew we were better than that.”
Freshman Maggie Roe scored twice to lead the Warriors (16-1-3) and Gazder scored once.
Gazder collected a pass from freshman Julia Hosler and scored on a breakaway to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead with 23:23 to go. Roe added an insurance goal.
Brooke Zidek had a goal and Amanda Roche made six saves for Andrew.
“I hate to lose, but I’m definitely not disappointed with this,” Andrew coach Loren Zolk said. “We hung with one of the best teams in the state for 40 or 50 minutes. The first half was definitely a confidence builder for us.”