Girls Soccer: Geneva storms past Wheaton North with six second-half goals
Updated: May 19, 2012 4:39PM
With two No. 1 sectional seeds already having been eliminated in regional play, Geneva felt a sense of urgency after battling through a scoreless first half Saturday against Wheaton North.
The Vikings played like a team with no time to waste, scoring six goals in the second half, including four on consecutive shots, en route to a convincing 6-0 win in the Class 3A West Chicago Regional title game.
The victory advances Geneva to the Schaumburg Sectional semifinals, where the top-seeded Vikings will take on either No. 4 seed St. Charles North or No. 6 St. Charles East on Tuesday.
“Our coach told us [at halftime] whoever had the most heart was probably going to come out with a win,” Geneva midfielder Catherine Allon said. “She told us just to leave everything out on the field because this could be our last game. We just worked our hardest to try to get the goals in.”
Allon scored the first two for Geneva (15-4-4) and now has 21 on the season. It was the second straight two-goal game for Allon, who leads an attack that has scored 14 goals in two playoff contests and 26 during its current four-game winning streak.
Allon’s first goal came on a left-footed shot from 15 yards out that Wheaton North goalie Jessica Kiely got a hand on but wasn’t able to stop. Michaela Loebel got the assist on the play with 34:25 left. Three minutes later a cross from Molly Axen found Allon alone in front and the senior rolled a short shot under Kiely for a 2-0 lead.
The Vikings continued the onslaught as Amanda Lulek collided with Kiely going after a long ball from Annie Waldoch. Both players went down, but Lulek booted a 17-yard shot under the crossbar as she was falling down at the 27:11 mark.
Loebel made it 4-0 when she headed home a cross from Ally Serra with 14:45 left.
“I think once we get our momentum going we start to pick up our speed of play and get our heads up and start connecting,” Allon said. “So once we get the first goal I think everything starts to click with us.”
Mary Landry and Catie Coghlan scored in the last six minutes for the Vikings, who won their seventh regional title in the past nine years but had memories of last year’s 1-0 overtime loss to Lake Park in the regional finals fresh in their minds.
“Especially after last year, we were definitely a little worried I think in the first half, especially with all the upsets last night,” Allon said. “We don’t want to underestimate any of our opponents.”
That included Wheaton North, which lost to Geneva 2-1 in overtime at the Naperville Invitational on April 20. But the ninth-seeded Falcons (10-10-1) were playing without injured defender Linnae Giuliano, who sprained an ankle in Wednesday’s four-overtime win over Bartlett, and lost another key defender, Lyndi Armstrong, to dehydration in the first half.
“[The Vikings] are extraordinarily dangerous,” Wheaton North coach Tim McEvilly said. “They controlled the game for 80 minutes. I thought in the first half we were able to at least negate those opportunities. We were holding our midfielders back to where we played compact and we didn’t give them clear looks at the goal.
“And in the second half we gave them space and let them step in front of us. Once it got 1-0, 2-0, I think the dominoes just fell down.”