Sadly, Stevenson’s run at the cup ended in a tough game against the tourney’s #1 seed, a very good team, the Metea Valley Mustangs. The two teams seemed really well matched and credit the win to the Mustangs for making the most of their chances by scoring on their first two tries midway through the first half with some very well placed goals. This was particularly surprising since a stubborn Stevenson defense rarely allowed the Mustangs into their defensive third and turned back most runs quickly. Stevenson fired nine shots in the first half alone yet, as will happen unless they find the back of the net, they don’t do much good. With about 2 ½ goals per game this season and lots of quality tries, it was certainly a frustrating afternoon. .
Unlike the York game, where our Pat's traded goals in a very physical game before winning with a golden goal in the 9th minute of overtime, it seemed as if we were in control through most of the first half and were certain that a two goal deficit could be over come but it was not to be. Good luck to the Mustangs the rest of the way and we hope to meet again in the IHSA tournament J.
Stevenson 5- York 4 (OT). The Stevenson Patriots are incredibly grateful to make it to the “Elite 8” in such a prestigious tournament. The Patriots had a rough start suffering a 1-0 deficit early on. Soon after York’s goal, Junior Hanna Levi responded by burying one in the back of the net off of a beautiful assist by Senior Katie Krejsa. Despite a back and forth game by both teams, Stevenson never gave up. Olivia Whalen recorded a goal off of a through ball from Junior Ali Olson. Krejsa went on to finish her ninth goal of the season from a pass by Levi. The Patriots were down 4-3 with just minutes left of regulation time when a foul was called outside of the 18-yard box. Junior Jenna Weiner took the kick placing it on Senior Olivia Whalen’s head, resulting in a spectacular goal to tie the game in the final minutes. Going into overtime the Patriots had no doubt they would put York away. In the first half of overtime Jenna Weiner took another free kick from 30 yards out and buried the ball near post to win the game. York played a hard-fought game; however, the Patriots won the match with perseverance and Patriot heart.
Stevenson 2 - St. Ignatius 0. This is Stevenson's third year in the Pepsi Showdown. Especially after tonight's win against St. Ignatius, the Patriots hope to do well in the tournament. Senior Katie Krejsa scored both goals for the Patriots. In the first half, junior Jenna Weiner served a beautiful pass to Krejsa allowing her to advance into the 18 yard box and draw a foul. Krejsa scored the first goal on a penalty kick, and the second goal off an assist from junior Hanna Levi in the second half.