Girls Soccer: Carolyn Nash’s overtime goal lifts Glenbrook South past New TrierPalatine, 5/29/12
New Trier's Sarah Connors clears the ball away from Glenbrook South's April Cronin during their supersectional at Fremd High School May 29. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun Times Media
Updated: May 29, 2012 9:23PM
During the second half of Tuesday’s Class 3A Fremd Supersectional, Glenbrook South midfielder Carolyn Nash took a corner kick that curved straight out of bounds. The junior blamed the wind.
Nash could laugh about that misfire after the game because it was her left-footed corner that curved straight into the net at the near post 1:31 into the first overtime to give Glenbrook South an improbable 1-0 sudden-death victory over New Trier in Palatine.
“We were fighting back and forth for 80 minutes, and we go into overtime and there was an opportunity,” Nash said. “I just took a deep breath and did a corner like I usually do. I try to curve it in (to the box), so we can get a rebound or somebody can get a head to it, but somehow it curved into the goal.”
The Titans (21-4-4) advanced to the Class 3A State semifinals where they will meet Naperville North at 5 p.m. Friday at North Central College in Naperville. Glenbrook South last reached state in 2010, finishing fourth. Six girls remain from that team.
New Trier (24-1) controlled the Supersectional for long stretches of the second half, twice hitting the goalpost and another time hitting the crossbar with long-range shots.
“New Trier dominated us, and we did what we could to keep things balanced,” Glenbrook South head coach Seong Ha said. “I’m probably going to tell (our goalkeeper) Emma Sailer to go kiss the goalposts a couple times. We got something out of nothing. It’s just unbelievable.”
Like many at the game, New Trier head coach Jim Burnside thought it was just a matter of time before his team found the back of the net.
“You think it’s coming, it’s better to get a couple posts and a crossbar than nothing. We were in the neighborhood. We were knocking and just didn’t stick one in,” Burnside said.
The coach continued: “It doesn’t matter what happens. The score matters. (Glenbrook South) is a good team. They worked hard and got a goal.”