Girls Soccer: St Viator downs Normal U-High in 2A third-place match

Updated: June 2, 2012 5:26PM

St. Viator was a day late but hardly a dollar short on Saturday.

One day after suffering a disappointing 1-0 loss to St. Francis in the Class 2A state semifinals, the Lions recovered to play one of their best games of the season in routing Normal U-High 4-1 in the third-place match at North Central College in Naperville.

Senior forward Katelyn Hammarlund scored twice and Erin Renee Murphy and Erin Malone each had one goal for St. Viator (16-9-4), which played with a purpose U-High could not match.

“We wished we played like this yesterday,” Hammarlund said. “[Coach Mike] Taylor said we played with Viator tradition, so we ended on a good note.”

U-High (19-7-1) could have started the match on a good note, but Lions goalie Morgan Hess rushed off her line to make a diving stop on a breakaway by Brooke Hail-Martin in the sixth minute.

That woke up the Lions, who took a 1-0 lead when Hammarlund scored on a penalty kick in the 10th minute after Chloe Lutheringshausen was fouled in the penalty area.

Hammarlund’s second goal came 4:29 into the second half. Lutheringshausen sent a pass from the left side to Hammarlund, who was open at the top of the box and scored on a 17-yard shot.

Five minutes later, Murphy scored on a short shot from a sharp angle after a Pioneers’ clearing attempt ricocheted off St. Viator freshman Kayne Stanley. The Pioneers spoiled the shutout bid on a goal by Marissa Villafuerte with 14:38 remaining after the Lions had pulled their starters, before Malone finished the scoring with 3:22 left, heading in a corner kick by senior Katherine Petrovich for her first goal of the season.

“[Yesterday’s performance] is not how we play, so then when we got on the field today we were like, ‘okay, we’re going to play St. Viator soccer, show them what we really are,’ so we could show them what would have been in the final game if we played right,” Hammarlund said. “There’s only two teams that can end on a win, so I’m happy that we’re one of them.”

So is Taylor, who has led the Lions to two trophies in his first three years at the helm. The Lions were second in 2010.

“I’m disappointed with yesterday’s result but I’m pleased with how we finished,” Taylor said. “It’s a class win. It’s a classy bunch of kids. They were my first ones, so they are a special group. Those seniors are special to me and I will miss them dearly.”

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