Girls soccer: St Viator shuts out Lake Forest

Updated: May 25, 2012 8:17PM

St. Viator scored in the 12th minute and Lions keeper Morgan Hess did the rest, as the squad from Arlington Heights knocked Lake Forest out of the Class 2A playoffs with a 1-0 win Friday in the finals of the Lakes Sectional girls soccer tournament in Lake Villa.

St. Viator (14-8-4) will play Freeport on Tuesday in the Round of 8, while Lake Forest calls it a season at 16-5-2.

Though they lost, the result wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Lake Forest attacked, attacked and attacked some more after conceding the early goal, but couldn’t get anything past Hess, easily the player of the game.

Not only did she have spectacular saves, but she gave up no rebounds.

“There was a lot of back-and-forth, especially in the second half. We gave it everything we had,” said Lake Forest coach Ty Stuckslager. “I thought they dominated us in the first half and finished (scored) under pressure.

“The second half, we created opportunities. Hat’s off to their keeper. She made some outstanding saves. It’s like the NHL ... you go with the hot goalie. In the second half, she won the game for them.”

Lake Forest’s best chance for the equalizer came in the 28th minute when Kali Polich’s header from point-blank range was caught by Hess.

In the 54th minute, Catherine Traut dribbled through multiple defenders and Hess made a diving save on the shot.

In the 66th minute, Gabby Perino had an open look from 10 yards out, but Hess made a diving save.

In the 76th minute, freshman Carly Hoke fired a rocket from 18 yards out that Hess leaped at and deflected over the crossbar.

Lake Forest also had numerous shots that wound up off frame.

“I’m tremendously proud of this group,” said Stuckslager. “Senior leadership on the field and off the field was outstanding.

“Unfortunately for some of these girls, it’s their last time playing. We talked before the game that win or lose, we want to play well and make sure we don’t feel bad about the way we played.

“The second half we did that.”

St. Viator’s goal was by Katherine Petrovich. She fired a shot from 15 yards out that beat Liz Clark (two saves on three S hots).

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