High School Girls Soccer: De La Salle’s unbeaten season ends with loss in regional final
By Steve Millar
In what turned out to be its final win of the season, Mother McAuley had both a glimpse of the future and some memorable moments for its seniors in a dramatic playoff victory.
Senior Jane Hynes and freshman Xotchil Ramirez scored in overtime Wednesday to lift the ninth-seeded Mighty Macs to a 3-1 win over eighth-seeded host Bloom in a Class 3A regional semifinal.
McAuley (6-10) saw its season end two days later with a 9-0 loss to top-seeded Sandburg.
Hynes had quite the day against Bloom. After scoring just once in the regular season, she found the net twice in the playoff opener. The shortest player on the Mighty Macs roster at 5 feet, she came through both times on headers.
She scored in the 35th minute off a well-placed free kick from 40 yards out by Abigail Grobarcik.
After America Antunes tied it for Bloom (13-2-1) with 18 minutes, 57 seconds left in regulation, Hynes delivered again in overtime. She scored 86 seconds into extra time, sending a high header into the top of the net off Ramirez’s corner kick.
“I didn’t want it to be our last game, for us seniors, especially,” Hynes said. “We didn’t get to have a season last year, and this year we want to go as far as we can. Before overtime, we were like, ‘OK, we’re not losing.’ We came together and we were all mad and that worked, I think. We played for each other.
“Xotchil put in an amazing ball. Her corners are always spot on. It felt really good to be able to do something for the team. It was a lot of fun.”
Ramirez scored seven minutes later to give McAuley some insurance. Caitlin McGrane made 10 saves for the Mighty Macs.
Top-seeded Sandburg (16-1) rolled to a regional title with consecutive 9-0 wins over Oak Lawn in the semifinals June 2 and Mother McAuley in the championship game June 4.
Against Oak Lawn (4-12), Emily Ibrahim and Kristiana Pappanastos scored two goals each, while Shelby Fuller, Ashley Sak, Lola Karambenis, Sydney Gunkel and Mary Gallagher each scored once.
In the win over McAuley, Pappanastos led the way with a hat trick. Sak and Natalie Villarreal each scored twice, while Ibrahim and Kathy Barrios added a goal apiece.
Sixth-seeded Marist (11-8) saw its season come to an end with a 1-0 loss to host and third-seeded Andrew on Friday. Before that, the RedHawks rolled to a 10-0 win over T.F. United the semifinals on June 2.
Andrew also ended the season for Stagg (0-11-1), defeating the Chargers 3-0 in the semifinals on June 2.
Shepard (6-7-1) rolled to a 10-0 win over Crete-Monee in a regional quarterfinal on June 1 before falling 10-0 to Lincoln-Way Central in the semifinals on June 3.
Sixth-seeded St. Laurence upset third-seeded Nazareth 1-0 on June 4 to win a regional championship. Emily Garcia scored off a Vanessa Jones assist, and Megan Roche recorded the shutout for the Vikings (12-6-3).
St. Laurence opened the playoffs with a 4-0 semifinal win over Back of the Yards on June 1 as Garcia, Jazmin Ramirez, Jocelyn Ruiz and Avery Geigner scored a goal each. Roche had the shutout.
Richards and Evergreen Park both lost regional semifinals, with Richards falling 7-0 to Oak Forest and Evergreen Park losing 8-0 to Lemont.
Class 1A: Chicago Christian fell 6-3 to Beecher in a regional quarterfinal.
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