Girls Soccer: Benet cruises to Class 2A sectional final

Story Image Madie Burke (2) of Benet Academy tries to go through Carrie Wagner (6) of Glenbard South to get to the ball. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
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Benet made short work of Glenbard South with a 6-0 win, in the Nazareth Academy Class 2A Sectional semifinal on Tuesday in LaGrange Park.

Catherine Caniglia and Jamei Borges scored two goals each to advance the Redwings to Saturday’s sectional final against the winner of Wednesday’s other sectional semifinal between the host school and Rosary.

“We been practicing really hard and come out with the same attitude every game,” said Caniglia. “We didn’t know what to expect of them. We wanted to come out hard and put them away early and not give them a chance to come back.”

Caniglia opened the scoring on a play started with a drive to goal by Meagan O’Hara. O’Hara passed to Caniglia whose initial shot was blocked by Raiders goalkeeper Dana Jourdan. However Caniglia fired the rebound back into the net to give the Redwings a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

Borges scored on a 25-yard free kick into the upper right corner of the net in the 19th minute, and the Redwings’ defense shut the door on the Raiders to put the game out of reach.

Redwings coach Bob Gros was concerned prior to the game that his team would have a letdown following a 15-0 win over Evergreen Park in the regional finals. There was no indication of that in this game. The Redwings (17-3-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one half.

“I thought we were a solid defensive team,” said Gros. “They worked hard until the end. We have a pretty potent offense and scored six goals today. We’re capable of playing long ball and playing possession. We can come at you from a lot of different angles.”

The Raiders (10-11-1) couldn’t match the depth of the Redwings team. Coming off the bench, Jessica Smetana scored a goal in the first half and Michelle Morefield added another in the second half.

“We have a lot of seniors and a lot of really good juniors as starters but the players off the bench are so strong and really determined when they come in,” said Caniglia.

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