Girls Soccer: Haley Hruska keys Homewood-Flossmoor upset of Sandburg
Updated: May 26, 2012 6:29PM
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for a Homewood-Flossmoor squad that lost to graduation 2011 Southtown Star Player of the Year Kelly Lewers and top defender Emily Johnson among several key players from last year’s team that won a sectional title.
Instead, after Haley Hruska scored twice on headers to lead the host Vikings to a 3-1 upset of Sandburg in Saturday’s Class 3A sectional title game, H-F is back in the state’s Elite Eight.
“It’s amazing that we’re back in a super,” H-F coach Charlie Ward said. “I couldn’t be prouder. This was a total team effort.”
The Vikings (17-5-2) will meet Downers Grove South (18-5-3) in Tuesday’s Benedictine University Supersectional.
Hruska headed home Kate Vendrely’s well-placed free kick from 38 yards out for a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the match.
She scored again with 8:15 left in the half after Ali Farkos made a strong rush down the right side of the field and found Hruska with a cross.
“They were both perfect balls to me,” Hruska said. “The defense was tough, but I was able to get around them and get my head on them and I just hoped they went in.”
After coming up empty on a bevy of first-half chances, Sandburg (15-6-4) broke through 27 seconds into the second half when Morgan Manzke beat goalkeeper Kim Boehm (7 saves).
H-F answered just two minutes later when Chrissy Coderre’s tremendous cross found Lauren Hurley for the game’s final goal.
“That goal kind of deflated us the rest of the way,” Sandburg coach Desi Vuillaume said. “This is not the way we wanted to end it, but we have a young team that got a lot of experience.”
Just like last season, H-F lost to Sandburg in the regular season — falling 1-0 on May 8 — but got revenge in the sectional final.
“We knew we could beat them,” Hruska said. “We had to come out extra hard. It was intense.”