BHS FILLIES SOCCER TO COMPETE AT STATE!
- Posted by Barrington Hills
- On June 17, 2021
CONGRATULATIONS BHS Fillies Soccer on your title of IHSA Class 3A Super-Sectional Champs!
You “GOAL” girls! 🙌⚽🎖🎉
The Barrington High School Varsity Girls Soccer team beat St. Charles East 1 to 0 (story below) and is scheduled to play the LaGrange Lyons for the
State Semi Finals, Friday, June 18, 4:30 PM at Hoffman Estates High School.
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Roundup for June 15
(1) Barrington 1, (1) St. Charles East 0
Barrington continues to be the pride of the Mid-Suburban League after again reaching the Class 3A Final Four following its 1-0 victory over fellow no. 1 seed St. Charles East last night before a crowd of more than 1,100 at Barrington Community Stadium.
The Fillies victory takes Ryan Stengren’s program into its fourth-consecutive finals weekend and tenth in program history.
“We’ve had some very good teams over the years, but none of them have come so far since the first day of training than this one,” said Stengren, who welcomed many new faces to his varsity roster and perhaps turned in his best-ever season as manager of the Fillies program.
“Fifteen players who never played a game at the varsity level, and now we’re playing into the final weekend of the season says so much about this terrific group of girls. “
The high-flying Fighting Saints came into this supersectional as the favorite to win their first state title since 2000, thanks in part to an all-star cast of players, which amassed a 22-0-1 overall record by outscoring opponents by an astounding 115-9. The swashbuckling attack was led by a sensational quintet of players.
McKenna Gahagan, Hannah Miller, Jenna Sitta, Megan Sreniawski and Ashley Stellon accounted for 85 goals and 68 helpers on the season but were unable to solve the Fillies in the most important contest of the season.
“Barrington slowed the game down on us, and never really let us play our style or brand of soccer that we do so well,” said disappointed Saints manager, Vince DiNuzzo, whose club never really had a quality shot on frame. Barrington keeper Coast Liapis did handle a well-driven corner from Miller in the 74th minute when the Saints began to throw numbers forward.
“Jen (Devona) did an outstanding job on no. 16 (Stellon) to help us control the middle and the heart of their attack,” said Stengren of the battle of two IHSSCA all-state players.
Devona was the galvanizing factor in the middle of the park for the Fillies (17-1-2). Her work rate, ability to win first and second balls, intercept passes and disrupt for 80 minutes was a key to the Barrington victory.
With a defense build around another all-state player, Kate McGreevy, the Fillies defended about as well as a side could against a dynamic Saints attack. They conceded little in front of Liapis, who registered her 11th consecutive clean-sheet and 17th overall.
“Kate (McGreevy) is often overlooked because of the way we defend as a team, but tonight you saw just how good she is keeping us composed. The entire unit played just great,” said Stengren.
Devona and goal-scoring hero Riley Raynor credited the other for the game-winner which came in the 47th minute after an inch-perfect ball played from Brooke Brown onto the foot of Devona that was key in the eventual Raynor strike.
The Fillies played a short corner. Devona initiated with a pass to Brown after she ran across the field to break free. Her facile return pass back to Devona led to a sublime inward swinger. The ball found an unmarked Raynor at the back post; she ended the sequence with a voracious header into the back of the net.
“There one good chance ended in the back of the net, and that’s the way this sport goes sometimes,” said DiNuzzo, who reminded the press of how proud he was of this club, and how much he enjoyed watching the way in which they approached each training session and their play during an incredible and memorable 2021 season.
Barrington meets (2) Lyons (19-0-0) in the 2:30 p.m. Friday Class 3A semifinal at Hoffman Estates. The Lions rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat (1) Sandburg 2-1 Tuesday afternoon.