LISLE – Saturday was a busy day for the seniors on the IC Catholic Prep soccer team.
The Class 1A sectional final took place at Benedictine University in the morning and graduation was in the evening.
After a 2-0 win over Queen of Peace, the seniors were able to go to the ceremony with a sectional plaque. IC will take on Johnsburg in a super sectional at Hinckley-Big Rock at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the right to make a state semifinal.
“It’s even more exciting,” said senior midfielder K.C. Morris. “I would have been bummed to go to graduation with a loss. Now we can show everyone that we mean business.”
Another senior, Angela Toritto, got the Knights in front early with a goal in the second minute and IC was in control the rest of the match. Meghan McCann scored another goal in the fourth minute of the second half to double the lead.
Morris helped the Knights stay on the front foot by controlling the play in the middle and helping to protect her defense. When the back four of Erin Maloney, Lauren Roberto, Mairi Doyle and Lauren Foit were called upon they shut down the team from Burbank. Sophomore goalkeeper Bailey McCann picked up her third shutout of the playoffs.
“No one thought we were going to go this far,” Morris said. “Even at our school people were saying you guys will go out in regionals. It’s nice proving people wrong.
“It feels awesome to get pumped before the games. It’s getting really fun.”
The sectional title is the second in school history, matching the success of 2008.
“For IC it’s rarefied air,” said IC coach Tod Privett. “They play with a lot of heart. There’s passion. At a small school like this, if you find the right kids you can find that because they’re a family and it matters.”