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York's Pepsi Showdown run ends in semis

Plainfield North knocks off Dukes 2-0 to earn spot in Toyota Park final

Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:09 p.m. CDT
(Matthew Piechalak — mpiechalak@shawmedia.com)
York sophomore forward Kate Leonard traps the ball during a home match against Lyons Township on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

SCHAUMBURG — After stringing together three quality performances to get to the Pepsi Showdown semifinals, York’s run came to an unceremonious end.

The Dukes lost to Plainfield North 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Schaumburg’s Olympic Park and it wasn’t a memorable game for York.

“In the first three games I thought we played really well,” said coach Chris Halupka. “I thought today was probably our worst game of the entire season.”

The Tigers scored twice in the first half and York (7-3-1) had difficulty creating their own chances to come back. Ellie Ordonez, Bryce Banuelos and Alyssa Kovatchis had the Dukes’ best cracks at goal on the day, but none truly threatened the Tigers.

Plainfield North advanced to the final at Toyota Park. Playing at a professional stadium would have been a nice bonus for the Dukes.

“It would have been a great opportunity for the girls,” Halupka said. “The worst part is I don’t think we’re satisfied with our effort today.

“It was almost shocking in the sense that it’s a semifinal game and we should have done better. It’s really disappointing because I definitely think that we did all the right things to get ourselves here and then the day that we have a chance to go on to the final we didn’t show up to play today.”

York was the No. 17 seed in the 32-team tournament and had knocked off higher seeds Deerfield, Loyola and Glenbrook South to get to the semifinal.

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