NAPERVILLE – Jean Cote stood alone guarding the net.
The Hinsdale South sophomore was one-on-one with Normal West's Carolyn Peters as Peters took a penalty kick early in Friday's Class 2A state semifinal soccer game at North Central College.
Cote stopped the penalty kick as well as the ensuing rebound shot on goal to give the Hornets an early spark. But the Wildcats broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half and won the game 1-0.
The Hornets will play Chatham Glenwood in the state third place game at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Hinsdale South (19-7-1) registered eight shots on goal to Normal's five, but they couldn't slide anything past Wildcats' keeper Natalie Freeman. Ali Lokanc broke loose for a sharp-angle shot from the left side of the net in the 10th minute and Kelly Flemm had a solid chance from the top of the 18-yard box in the 33rd minute.
Cali Vanderplow and Cassie Jensen registered shots early in the second half and the Hornets had a flurry of late corner kicks, including one that led to a save by Normal defender Amber Helton, but they couldn't find the back of the net.
Regardless of the outcome in the third place game, South is assured of winning the first state trophy in program history.