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Vikings Stun No. 1 North Stars On Rare Play

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2009 by Jason Rossi
By Jason Rossi - Geneva Republican Newspaper

The Illinois High School Association has soccer playoff host sites read an announcement that states, “IHSA soccer is fun, exciting and unpredictable.”

Tuesday night at a Class 3A Bartlett Sectional semifinal, it was all three, at least for one of the participants.

After 80 scoreless minutes in regulation, Geneva shocked St. Charles North, the sectional’s top seed, 1-0 just over a minute into overtime with an Emily Hinchman goal that came off an indirect free kick inside the penalty area.

“We were being aggressive against their defense, working the ball right at them,” Hinchman said. “We were being more aggressive (than earlier in the game) and it worked for us.”

Geneva (11-7-3) had just two shots on goal for the game, and none in the first half. A rare obstruction call against the North Stars early in overtime set up the Vikings for an indirect free kick about 6 yards off the end line and 5 yards wide of the left post.
Sarah Tennant rolled the ball to Hinchman, who buried the uncontested shot in the upper-right corner of the goal.

“Anything can happen in golden goal,” Hinchman said. “It’s whichever team wants it more.”

North (15-1-3) put one in the back of the net with just over three minutes left in regulation when Leah DeMoss crossed the ball to Alecia Natale, who flicked it on to Alex Messacar at the right post, who put it past Geneva keeper Katelyn Allen.

But the goal was disallowed on an offside call, and the Vikings scored four minutes later.

“I think we had great opportunities early in the game we didn’t finish, and we’ve got to finish them,” St. Charles North coach Ruth Vostal said. “You hate to say it, but it’s not our night.”

With the win, the Vikings earned wins over all three of their Tri-Cities rivals this season.

“They gave us a great game,” Geneva coach Megan Owens said. “They’re a fantastic team. I’m just happy for the kids. They played their hearts out and as a coach you couldn’t ask for anything more.”


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