Loyola downs North Shore, eyes Trevians
Updated: October 25, 2011 7:16PM
Even though Loyola lost both of its regular-season games against New Trier, Adelaide Hake believes Loyola’s field hockey team has what it takes to beat the Trevians.
The Ramblers dropped two 1-0 decisions to New Trier, but they will get another crack at the Trevians on Friday in the semifinals of the state tournament. The remaining games of the tournament will be played at Loyola’s Glenview campus. The championship game is Saturday.
Loyola set up the rematch Tuesday with its 4-2 win over North Shore. Hake scored twice, including an insurance goal with 4:37 to play, to avenge an earlier loss to the Raiders this season.
“We definitely think we can beat New Trier,” Hake said of the tournament’s top seed. “But we have to be on our game. It’s going to be a tough one, but we think we can do it.”
Two-time defending state champion New Trier earned its way to the semis Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Lake Forest Academy. Erin Petry and Molly Klare each scored, and Grace Higgins posted her second shutout of the playoffs.
Trevians coach Stephanie Nykaza likes the way her offense is coming on late in the season. New Trier (25-2) opened the playoffs with an 8-0 victory over Antioch.
“We hadn’t been scoring much going into the playoffs,” said the coach, who beat Loyola on Aug. 30 and again on Sept. 20. “We were missing a link, but I know we have girls that know how to score. I walked out (of the Antioch game) feeling good. We were solid.”
North Shore started strong against Loyola, taking an early 1-0 lead on Heather Mabie’s goal.
“When they scored that first goal, it scared us a bit,” Hake said. “We realized this could be our last game.”
But the Ramblers (13-6-1) responded with two goals to go into the half ahead 2-1.
“When they scored that second goal, it took the wind out of our sails,” said North Shore coach Sarah Mills, whose club ended the year 14-5-1.
Gieriet Bowen added to Loyola’s lead before Addie Ball scored with less than six minutes to play to get the Raiders within one again. But Hake secured the win with her second goal less than a minute later.
“They were finishing in front of the goal, Mills said. “They were hungry for it.”