Prep roundup: Weird way to win sectional for Nazareth soccer
After beating Little Village 3-0 on Oct. 30 in a Class 2A sectional semifinal, Nazareth’s boys soccer team received a forfeit win in the sectional final. Scheduled opponent Kennedy had fielded an ineligible player in the playoffs and Nazareth was handed the victory. It is the first sectional title in school history. The Roadrunners advanced to Tuesday's supersectional against Washington at Lemont.
The top-seeded Chargers lost in a sectional semifinal to No. 4 seed Kennedy 4-2 on Wednesday at Riverside Brookfield. St. Joseph finished the season with a 16-4-3 record.
The Lions won at No. 4 seed St. Ignatius to claim a regional plaque on Thursday. LT won 25-18, 25-22 to win the program’s first regional since 2011. LT had won nine straight regionals before falling short last season. Alex Hojnar had a team-high seven kills. In the semifinal, the Lions beat Downers Grove South 19-25, 25-10, 25-22. The sectional semifinal is Tuesday against top seed Glenbard South.
The Roadrunners’ memorable season came to an end earlier than they would have liked. After going 29-6 in the regular season, Nazareth was defeated in a regional semifinal against a three-loss Montini team. The Roadrunners won 25-12 in the first game, but the Broncos evened the match by winning game two 25-21. Naz led 16-10 in game three, but couldn’t close it out and lost 25-21 in the decisive game.
The Friars beat Curie 25-6, 25-17 in the playoff opener, but lost 22-25, 13-25 to host St. Ignatius in a Class 4A regional semifinal on Oct. 29.
The Chargers lost to Montini 25-10, 25-7 in a Class 3A regional quarterfinal at Timothy Christian on Oct. 28.
The Panthers forced Argo to three games, but were defeated in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal on Oct. 28. Argo won 25-21, 21-25, 27-25 to end West’s season.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
With three runners inside the top-20, LT booked a place at the state meet. The Lions were third at the Hinsdale Central sectional on Saturday. James Ryan (ninth), Henry Hostettler (18th) and Kevin Kilrea (20th) led the Lions.
No Bulldogs qualified for state from the Class 2A Wheaton Academy sectional. RB was ninth. Kevin Faje, 27th overall, just missed out on state. He was one individual runner short of advancing.
A 14th place finish at the Class 2A Wheaton Academy sectional meant no Roadrunners qualified for state. Johnny Bareis (69th) was the top Nazareth runner.
Salvatore Flight crossed the finish line ninth to earn a trip to state from the Class 3A Lake Park sectional. Brixton Rill was 18th, three place short of joining Flight. Fenwick was ninth.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
A third place run by Lexy Rudofski wasn’t enough to get the Lions into state as a team. LT was sixth, one place and five points off the fifth place cut, at the Hinsdale Central sectional. Rudofski and Katie Hamor (22nd) qualified individually.
Led by winner Mailin Struck and 17th place finisher Sarah Melone, the Bulldogs qualified for state as a team. Struck ran a time of 17:27 to win the race by 36 seconds. RB was fifth overall.
The Roadrunners were one spot out of making it to state as a team, finishing sixth, but Claire Ramsey qualified individually. The freshman finished 22nd to grab the last individual spot. Teammate Gianna Levato was three places behind her.
Olivia Ryan and Briana Daley booked return trips to state from the Class 3A Lake Park sectional. Ryan, a junior, earned her third state appearance by crossing the finish line third. Daley is a four-time state qualifier after taking 12th. The Friars were seventh.
The Lions were second in the West Suburban Silver meet over the weekend. LT scored 233 points compared to Downers Grove North’s 306. Kimmy Vitek was LT’s lone conference champ by taking first in diving.
The host Bulldogs took fourth out of six teams at the Independent Conference meet on Saturday.
The Friars edged out Loyola and host St. Ignatius for the Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference title Sunday.