LISLE – The IC Catholic girls soccer team is entering uncharted territory and loving it.
The Knights are still alive in the Class 1A playoffs after beating Hinckley-Big Rock 2-0 in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Benedictine University.
IC's only other regional title came in 2008 when IC went to the state quarterfinals in Class A. A win in Saturday’s sectional final against Queen of Peace, a 1-0 winner over Montini on Wednesday, would send the Knights to the Elite Eight again.
Mizzou-recruit K.C. Morris netted a first-half goal on a free kick from about 30 yards out and assisted Angela Torrito on a second-half score. The second goal came on a Morris free kick from behind midfield that took one bounce near the penalty box and Torrito ran onto it to head in the insurance goal in the 71st minute.
IC coach Tod Privett emphasized the importance of scoring on set plays since the Knights aren’t loaded with experienced soccer players.
“We've got to have great shape, we've got to protect each other and we've got to have set plays,” Privett said. “With K.C. and Angela, we can have set plays.”
The Knights played solid enough defense to survive a second-half push from the Royals before Toritto added the second goal. Sophomore Bailey McCann picked up the shutout in goal.
“For these girls, they’ve never been there so this is big,” Privett said.
Morris is unquestionably the star of the team and showed why with her performance on Tuesday. However, Toritto is also planning to play college soccer at Division III Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
In addition to Tuesday’s big goal, the speedy forward was one of three Knights, along with Morris and Dominique Lotz, to convert penalty kicks in the regional final against Timothy Christian on Saturday. IC won in the shootout after the teams were tied 1-1 through overtime.
“It’s really important to me, especially, and I know it’s important to the girls because we’ve never made it this far since 2008,” Toritto said. “This is extremely important that we’re even making it this far. I know the girls are working extremely hard to get even farther and make it to state.”