Girls Soccer: Manteno’s Class 1A title quest falls short

Updated: May 26, 2012 10:39PM

For nearly 60 minutes Saturday night, Manteno stayed strong against Quincy Notre Dame’s high-powered offense and even generated a few offensive chances.

Then Notre Dame broke through, scoring three times in a 10-minute span to capture the Class 1A state championship with a 3-0 victory at North Central College in Naperville.

It was the second state title in three years for the Raiders (28-0), who became the fourth team in state history to finish unbeaten and untied. They also knocked off Manteno 2-0 in the 2010 final.

“It’s so awesome,” Notre Dame sophomore Cassidy Foley said. ‘‘We’ve worked so hard for this. I think everybody knew that [Manteno] was going to be a good team and I think our whole team gave a great effort.”

Foley provided the only offense the Raiders would need when she ran onto a 43-yard free kick from Shelby Ulrich and knocked a short shot past goalie Paige Trimbur for her 37th goal with 20:48 left in the second half.

“Shelby Ulrich played a great ball to me and I knew we had to get something there,” Foley said. “I don’t know how I scored. I think I closed my eyes and it luckily went in.”

Three minutes later, Notre Dame made it 2-0 when Hannah Thomas headed home the rebound of a shot by Jordan Frericks that struck the crossbar. Frericks then scored on a breakaway with 10:40 left.

“I think we made probably five mistakes the entire game and three of the five they put away,” Manteno coach Jake Emerson said. “Those three forwards are the real deal. If you’re going to beat them, you’re going to have to be flawless in the back. For 60 minutes we were right where we wanted to be.”

The Panthers (22-4) were close to flawless in the first half thanks to the defensive play of Brittani McCorkle, Alyssa Snodsmith, Taylor Moore and Hannah Ondrey in front of starting goalie Emma Shores (four saves), who repeatedly came off her line to grab dangerous balls. It marked the longest scoreless stretch this season for Notre Dame, which potted 133 goals.

“We really didn’t have a plan,” McCorkle said. “We just came in and played with our hearts and just tried to play our game. I feel we played tough.”

The Panthers now have won three trophies, including one state title, in the past four years, and they feel more could be in the offing with McCorkle the only starter lost to graduation.

“I can’t speak enough about our girls,” Emerson said. “Quincy comes in with 14 seniors and we have 11 sophomores, so we’re excited about our future.”

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