Girls Soccer: Hannah Condit guides Richmond-Burton to third-place finish in Class 1A State Finals

Updated: May 26, 2012 10:38PM

In a battle of young teams whose best days appear to be in the future, Richmond-Burton midfielder Hannah Condit had more motivation than most to end the season with a victory.

Condit, one of only four seniors on either roster in Saturday’s Class 1A third place match, made sure her prep career was capped with a win, setting up the game’s first goal and scoring the last as the Rockets defeated Lisle 3-0 at North Central College in Naperville.

The trophy was the first ever for Richmond-Burton (23-3-2), which had never advanced past regionals until this spring.

“It’s amazing,” said Condit, an Illinois College recruit. “We’ve been close to winning in regionals and unlucky things have happened, but to push through regionals and sectionals and supersectionals and get through to state is such a huge accomplishment not only for the team but just for the whole school.”

After losing 6-0 to Quincy Notre Dame in Friday’s semifinals, the Rockets were determined to get off to a good start and they did. Condit sent a corner kick sailing in front of the goal mouth and junior Sam Boettjer headed it in with 30:08 left in the first half.

“Yesterday we came out really timid and nervous but today we were very frustrated with how we played yesterday, so we said that we were going to come out and fix it,” Condit said. “I know where Sam usually is on corner kicks and we’ve found each other multiple times this season. That’s why we’ve scored on corners so it worked out again.”

The Rockets scored again 20 minutes later when Jessica Guenther sent a lead pass up the left wing to a streaking Amanda Hoglund. The freshman quickly dribbled around the defense and slid a shot under oncoming Lisle goalie Vanessa Roach for her 49th goal of the season.

Condit, who finished with 16 goals and 19 assists, made it 3-0 by converting a penalty kick with 30:46 left in the second half.

“We talked about jumping on Lisle kind of early, which we did in the first half,” Richmond-Burton coach Chris Wagner said, “and to play our brand of soccer, which yesterday we just couldn’t get going.”

Lisle (14-12-2) couldn’t get anything going for the second straight day. The Lions, who like the Rockets lose just one starter to graduation, were outshot 15-4. Junior Skyler Tomko took three of the shots, sending one over the crossbar in the first half and another wide left in the second half. Richmond-Burton goalie Hannah Koenig saved the other attempt.

“We played hard in the game, so unfortunately we did get fourth place but it was such a great accomplishment to get here and hopefully we’ll be back next year,” said Tomko, who led the Lions with 18 goals. “It was a new team basically this year and we’ve been learning throughout the whole season and improving so I have high hopes for next year that we’ll be even better.”

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