Girl’s soccer falls short of sectional title


While the Bears possessed the ball and had opportunities to score in the first half, the Barrington Phillies had the lead 1-0 at the half. After two more goals from far outside the box, Barrington was crowned sectional champions and moved on to the super-sectional game.


The team ended the season with a record of 14-2-2 overall, and was ranked the second seed in the Glenbrook sectional for postseason playoffs. After a slow first half in the regional semi-final versus Zion-Benton, the Bears picked up the pace as well as the goals to advance to the regional finals.


The team then faced the Stevenson Patriots in the regional final. Madeline Blasko, junior midfielder, and Erin Neeson, sophomore midfielder, helped the Bears posses the play as well as attack and keep the Bears on the offensive side of the field. The Patriots couldn’t find an answer for the speed of forwards Rebecca Kubin, sophomore, and Emily Udelhoven, junior, and the Bears won the regional championship with a score of 5-0.


“We did a really good job of playing our game and possessing the ball. When we had opportunities we shot, and a lot of them went in. We’ve been working on scoring more all season, and I think this game was when we really achieved that goal,” Siena Robertson, sophomore defender, said.


In the sectional semi-final versus Hersey, the Bears struggled to find an offense or get shots off in the first half. By the second half, the team was running faster and putting more pressure on Hersey’s defense, but a lack of shots pushed the game into overtime. With four minutes left, Carolyn Radecki, senior forward, found the back of the net on a cross from the side to bring the Bears to the sectional championship.