Girls Soccer: Naperville North downs Lockport, claims own sectional

Story Image Abbie Boswell (5) of Naperville North collides with Lockport players Frannie Vargas and goalkeeper Cortney Jerzy (right). Jerzy was injured on the play an left Huskie Stadium in an ambulance. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: May 25, 2012 9:50PM

Zoe Swift scored early in the second half and Sarah Feder added an insurance goal with just under 10 minutes remaining to lift Naperville North to a 2-0 victory over Lockport in Friday’s Class 3A Naperville North sectional title game.

Swift utilized her speed to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead, running down the left sideline to catch up with the opportunity and sneak it past Lockport backup keeper Alyssa DeYoung with 34:29 remaining.

DeYoung replaced starting keeper Cortney Jerzy, who was involved in a collision at the end of the first half and was taken away on a stretcher midway through the second half.

“In the playoffs, anything can happen so you have to take advantage of any opportunity,” Swift said. “We had a lot more opportunities that we could have finished, which was frustrating, but we got two in.”

Lockport (18-8-0) was thrown into a very difficult position of trying to play the final 40 minutes while worried about the health of one of its leaders in Jerzy.

“Honestly, I’m not worried with the loss, but our thoughts are with Jerzy right now,” Lockport coach Todd Elkei said. “Even though we were still playing, I’m sure it was in the back of their minds because she’s been so instrumental in our playoff run.”

On the flip side, there were no worries for Naperville North senior keeper Allison Hitchcock who was inactive for most the evening as the Huskies dominated the midfield and allowed very few scoring chances.

“Our midfielders worked very hard for us today and they made it less stressful on the defense,” Swift said. “They’ve kept us in games all season and then all we have to do is convert while they hold the fort.”

Feder pretty much sealed the victory when she caught up with Christa Szalach’s header with 9:46 remaining.

“I kept stressing to them that if you put yourself in position enough times I know you’ll finish,” Naperville North coach Steve Goletz said. “We needed that first one from Zoe (Swift) and then I can’t say enough about Sarah (Feder) coming off the bench to make a run and get the second one.”

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