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Filed at 9:21pm CT, June 5, 2010 from NAPERVILLE
The Warriors from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora defeated the Eagles from Carl Sandburg in Orland Park Saturday night, 3-0, to become the 2010 girls' soccer champions for Class 3A, the school's third title in four years and their first in Class 3A.
Just before the half, Jessica Price scored for the Warriors off a Vanessa DiBernardo assist. After that, the match was without a goal until Waubonsie Valley's Hannah Klancik took her only two shots in the game during the final nine minutes, pushing both by goaltender Victoria Kappel to put the game on ice.
The Eagles had five shots on goal during the entire game, none of them getting by goaltender Allison Fox.
Julie Bergstrom's Warriors advanced only to the regionals last year, with an 18-4 record. But in 2007 and 2008, they went undefeated, taking the state's 2A championship in both years. She was honored as the National High School Coaching Association's Coach of the Year for 2009. Ms Bergstrom was also named the Illinois Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
The Crusaders from Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville capped a perfect 27-0 season when they defeated the St. Viator Lions from Arlington Heights, 5-3, in the state's final 2A girls' soccer game.
The game was tied, 1-1, at halftime, goals having been scored by Althoff's Megan Pawloski and St. Viator's Taylor Skala, assisted by Molly McMahon.
But in this afternoon game at North Central College, the first 10 minutes of the second half saw an explosion of scoring: Alexis Jones for Althoff scored first, followed about a minute later by her teammate Kelsey Dingis (assisted by Ms Pawloski). Ms Skala then had a penalty kick opportunity for St. Viator, which she converted, about two minutes after that. Whew.
Scoring was held in abeyance for about 10 minutes. Then Ms Pawloski, who had six shots on goal and two off goal, scored again for Althoff, Ms Dingis returning the favor of the assist. Ms Pawloski went on to score one more unassisted goal at 68:35, making the score 5-2.
Jackie Tumberger then scored for St. Viator with about five minutes remaining in the match, but a comeback was not to be.
For the first time in the 21-year history of girls' soccer at Quincy Notre Dame High School, the Lady Raiders became the state champs, defeating the Panthers from Manteno High School, 2-0.
Led by Abby Grawe, Shannon Foley, Jordan Frericks, Brooke Burgess, and Leigh McLaughlin, the Lady Raiders came on strong, bombarding Aryn Newsom, Manteno's keeper, with 16 shots on goal and nine off goal May 29 at North Central College.
This proved to be too much for Manteno. Quincy Notre Dame's goals came from Ms Foley, assisted by Alex Reis, in the first half, and from Ms Grawe, assisted by Ms Foley, in the second half.
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