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Girls Soccer: Stagg runs past Reavis 5-0

JazmCastanStagg moves ball against Reavis for Sandburg Regional Semifinal Wednesday May 21st 2014 OrlPark. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

Jazmin Castanon, of Stagg, moves the ball against Reavis for the Sandburg Regional Semifinal, Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 in Orland Park. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 21, 2014 10:11PM



Stagg coach Chris Campos quickly can identify his team’s biggest struggle during the regular season.

Sometimes that ball just did not want to go into the goal.

Opening play at Wednesday’s 3A Sandburg Regional, the Chargers shook off their offensive woes, scoring three first half goals on the way to a 5-0 semifinal win over Reavis.

“Every regional game is a fresh start, and we knew with a win we’d get to play Sandburg,” Stagg’s Allison Stefan said. “That’s always a friendly rivalry.”

Stagg (7-7-3) will play host Sandburg at 4:30 p.m. Friday for the regional title. The Chargers fell to Sandburg 3-1 earlier this season.

Stefan and Jazmin Castanon each scored two goals Wednesday, while Hannah Yandel had a goal and an assist for the Chargers.

It was Stefan setting the tone early, connecting on a penalty kick just four minutes into the game.

Less than 10 minutes in, Castanon found the net after Yandel dribbled the ball into the box and served up an open shot for her teammate.

“I called for it, and Hannah got me the ball,” Castanon said. “Somehow the shot went in, and I was happy it did. Just a rush.”

Castanon added her second goal on a beauty of a shot. After fielding the ball in the box, she made a spin move and blasted a shot just under the crossbar and over the outstretched hand of Reavis goalie Makalya Spielman.

Stefan and Yandel scored their goals less than five minutes into the second half.

“I think we all expected more this season,” Stefan said. “We knew we had a young team, and we fought really hard at the end of the season. The beginning was rough, but we’re ending it the way we wanted it.”

No. 10 seed Stagg had defeated No. 7 seed Reavis 1-0 earlier this season.

“It’s a loaded sectional with a lot of improved teams,” Campos said. “We had an underwhelming year, but we’ve got potential. The girls did a nice job, and with five goals, we’re happy.”

Reavis finishes the season 13-9. Coach Phil Basile’s squad expects to return nine starters next season.

“We got deflated after that first goal,” Basile said. “That sets the tone, and that’s the issue with our girls. It’s all about momentum. After that, we looked like we were pouting.”



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