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New Trier secures second consecutive sectional title, advances to state’s final 8 with win over Leyden

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New Trier secures second consecutive sectional title, advances to state’s final 8 with win over Leyden

Conceding an equalizer minutes before halftime is sort of at all times frustrating. However it’s a very bothersome prospect if you’ve outplayed your opponent for the higher a part of 40 minutes.

Latest Trier boys soccer completely controlled the opening half of its Class 3A sectional final match against the Leyden Eagles. But a fast counterattack from the Trevians’ opposition, paired with a moment of brilliance from Oliver Salgado, the Eagles’ star midfielder and all-state selection, modified the outlook of the competition because it leveled the rating at one.

But Latest Trier reset at halftime and opened the second on a mission to regain its lead. Senior Aidan O’Neill found the back of the web five minutes in, giving the Trevs a 2-1 lead and propelling them their second-straight sectional title on Friday, Oct. 27, in Evanston.

“Thirty-eight minutes of that first half we dominated, but we slipped up for 2 minutes and we let up a goal, and we knew that just couldn’t occur within the second half,” O’Neill said. “Our whole message during halftime was to win the total 40 minutes, haven’t any slip-ups and stay focused one hundred pc of the time.”

After waiting through a near hour-long delay prior to the beginning of the match on account of a referee shortage, Latest Trier opened the night with an aggressive attack that generated several shots on goal within the opening ten minutes.

Latest Trier’s attack broke free within the twenty second minute when sophomore Calyx Hoover found senior Ethan Green, who got behind Leyden’s defense and chipped a shot past the keeper for the Trevs’ opening strike.

“It was sort of a broken play to start with, but Calyx got the ball and he found me in wide open space,” Green said. “I used to be just in acres of space, and all I needed to do was just flick it over the goalie; Calyx did all of the work for me.

“I used to be ecstatic,” Green added. “It was an enormous momentum shift for the team and I believe the remainder of our play for the remainder of the sport just took off from there.”

The Trevs’ proceed to steadily pressure the Eagles however the team’s attack couldn’t find its second goal. Latest Trier’s stellar midfield play limited Leyden’s ability to generate consistent ball possession and the Trevs’ backline quickly squandered any potential Eagles’ threats in the primary 35 minutes.

But Leyden took full advantage of its lone scoring probability, capitalizing on the rare moment of opportunity allowed by the Trevians to even the rating.

“It actually made our halftime talk pretty easy because we knew that we would have liked to administer moments of transition higher, and so they showed the standard that that they had going forward,” Latest Trier head coach Matt Ravenscraft said of the Eagles’ equalizer.

“We clearly knew who their special players were and so they showed that they’ll hurt us if given the possibility, so I believe it was a lesson that the boys took to heart in a short time and so they handled those moments significantly better within the second half. We got here out strong within the second half, that response … a goal in the primary five minutes of the second half, was crucial and I’m really happy with the boys.”

Latest Trier got here out from the break firing — and it was only minutes before the Trevians turned their ferocious attack into one other goal.

Senior midfielder Cole Driscol showcased skillful on-ball composure as he cleverly dribbled past multiple Leyden defenders to deliver a well-placed cross pass to O’Neill, who buried the goal in the underside right corner of the web.

“It was all sort of a blur to be honest,” O’Neill said of the strike. “Cole made an incredible play dribbling past three kids to the endline, he made a extremely nice move and just cut it back to me and I believe it flicked off one in all the defenders, but I used to be just in the suitable spot and right place and had my head up and was in a position to slide it into the underside corner.”

Ravenscraft added that the early rating gave Latest Trier “belief” and put the Trevs “in the driving force’s seat.”

“It meant that that they had to come back at us a bit more, which just meant there was slightly bit extra space for us to play our game.”

Leyden’s best probability to again equalize got here not long after Latest Trier took the lead. The Eagles generated a serious threat when a centering attempt from an attacking winger found the foot of their sliding striker contained in the box. However the ball hit off the goal post and the Trevs’ keeper, Shafer Brahm, was in a position to corral the ball before further damage.

Latest Trier’s strong defensive play, led by the team’s backline of seniors Liam Lyers, Harrison Hahner and Kevin Farina, kept the Eagles’ attack at bay for the remainder of the night.

“They’ve battled all yr,” Ravenscraft said of Latest Trier’s backline. “They’ve chemistry and so they have trust and it takes loads to interrupt those boys down. … It was a extremely stellar performance.”

Latest Trier returns to the state’s elite eight in Class 3A for the second consecutive campaign.

It has been one more standout season for one in all the state’s elite soccer programs. The Trevians’ victory on Friday was the team’s twentieth of the yr.

“Winning sectionals is tough; winning big games isn’t any easy feat but this group has really shown throughout your complete season that they are built to win big games against big-time opponents,” Ravenscraft said.

The Trevs will compete within the supersectional on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in St. Charles. They may face the winner of Saturday’s sectional final between York and St. Charles East.

But no matter their opponent, the Trevs are desperate to avenge their supersectional, double-overtime loss against Stevenson last season.

“We feel hungry,” Ravenscraft said. “Obviously we were very close. That (Stevenson) loss still stings and I believe that has really propelled us and driven us. And from the coaching staff, that is where we wish to be. That is the stage where we wish to be yearly and we would prefer to go even slightly bit deeper this yr.”

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