Updated: May 27, 2014 4:04PM
1. Mother McAuley is the ultimate Cinderella. On May 3, the Mighty Macs fell to 2-8-2. Since then, they’ve gone 4-1-1. The No. 14 seed in the Class 3A Andrew Sectional, McAuley stunned No. 3 seed Andrew 3-2 in the regional semifinals, then got revenge on rival Marist – which beat McAuley 1-0 earlier in the month – with a 2-1 win to claim the Andrew Regional championship. It’s McAuley’s first regional title since 2008. The Mighty Macs have their work cut out for them in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal against Sandburg. The Eagles earned a 4-0 win when the teams met March 24, though McAuley certainly has come a long way since then.
2. Providence has its revenge. The Celtics’ season ended last year with a loss on their home field to Joliet Catholic in a regional final. Providence also let a late lead slip away in an overtime loss in the teams’ regular-season meeting this year. Friday, though, the Celtics topped the Angels 3-1 to win the Class 2A Rich East Regional. Alyssa Dorning led the way with two goals and Kyleigh Maday added another. Providence takes on top seed Lemont in Tuesday’s Lincoln-Way West Sectional semifinals.
3. Lincoln-Way East has a freshman phenom. Friday was an unbelievable night for the Griffins’ Emily Scianna. Scianna scored all five of her team’s goals as East raced past Shepard to win its first regional title since 2008. Scianna provides major firepower for a team that will need it Tuesday as it takes on the stout defense of rival Lincoln-Way North in an Andrew Sectional semifinal. North won the teams’ regular-season meeting 2-0.