The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls soccer team’s season concluded with a 1-0 loss to New Trier in an IHSA Class 3A regional title match on May 20 at Oak Park Stadium.
Teagan McNally’s goal with 15:42 remaining in regulation was all the Trevians would need.
“We played a hard-fought game and left everything on the field,” said OPRF coach Christie Johnston of the Huskies (11-8). “We had some opportunities, but couldn’t find the back of the net tonight.”
The regional defeat was a tough way to end an otherwise solid season for OPRF. The Huskies spent several weeks ranked in Chicagoland Soccer’s Top 25 poll, and Johnston believes a good foundation has been created to set up the program for more success.
“We have a good team coming back,” she said. “The seniors have been the glue of the success we’ve had the past two years, and now it’s time for the other girls to step up.”
In Class 2A, Fenwick High School won its own regional, blanking Pritzker 5-0 on May 20. Caroline Henige notched a hat trick, and Natalie LoGiudice and Abbie Rogowski each added a goal for the Friars (10-6-2).
Fenwick will host the sectional tournament this week, and the third-seeded Friars will meet Lake View in a semifinal on May 25 at the Dominican Priory.
Also in Class 2A, Trinity (2-12-1) saw its season end May 17 with a 10-0 loss to Payton Prep.
The Simon sisters — Hannah (freshman) and Rachel (junior) — combined for five goals and Greta McNulty added a hat trick as OPRF defeated visiting Downers Grove North Co-Op 9-5 in an IHSA sectional quarterfinal May 23. Hannah had three goals and two assists, and Rachel two goals.
“They’ve been playing together for their whole life and it shows,” said OPRF coach James Borja. “Hannah has been our second-leading scorer all season as a freshman, and that’s impressive.”
OPRF (9-11) got off to a fast start when McNulty scored just 15 seconds into the contest. The Huskies took a 5-2 lead into halftime and stayed ahead because of their stingy defense.
“That’s one thing we’ve been harping on the last couple of weeks,” Borja said. “We want to make sure we’re helping out and communicating.”
OPRF faces sectional host Hinsdale Central on May 25 in a sectional semifinal.
Later on May 23 at OPRF, Trinity (9-11) allowed York to score the game’s first six goals during the opening four minutes. The rocky start was too much for the Blazers to overcome as they fell to the Dukes 17-5.
“I think we have improved greatly this year,” Trinity coach Jim Moy said. “We called up five or six JV players for tonight and they gave us some good minutes.”
The Smith sisters — junior Paige (four) and freshman Rian (one) — accounted for all five goals.
“We’re going to have the Smiths as our foundation and we’ll build a supporting cast around them,” he said. “We expect to be much better next year.”
Fenwick defeated host Mother McAuley 9-8 in a sectional quarterfinal. The Friars (7-10) will travel to St. Ignatius on May 25 for a sectional semifinal with the host and top seed Wolfpack.
Both OPRF and Fenwick saw their seasons end May 23 in the sectional quarterfinals.
The Huskies (6-11) fell to Mount Carmel 11-5 at Hillcrest, while the Friars (7-12) lost to Marist 13-4 at St. Rita.
OPRF finished fourth with 16 points at the IHSA Class 2A Maine South Sectional. Senior Luca Lissuzzo was the Huskies’ lone state qualifier, finishing fourth in singles.
Fenwick, seeded seventh in the Chicago Wolcott Sectional, opened the postseason May 23 with a two-set victory over Westinghouse (25-7, 25-13) in an IHSA regional quarterfinal at Proviso East.
Caleb Groll had seven kills and Zach Hernandez two aces for the Friars (10-12), who faced Walther Christian in a semifinal May 24 after press time. A Fenwick win would likely mean facing second-seeded Lane Tech for the regional title May 26.
OPRF (21-9) is the Wolcott Sectional’s top seed. The Huskies opened May 24 against Elmwood Park at Prosser in a regional semifinal, with the winner meeting either Chicago Academy or Marine Leadership for the regional title May 26.