With a sterling hat trick, Anna Casmere helped guarantee visiting Benet Academy left Arlington Heights in charge of the East Suburban Catholic Convention ladies soccer race after a 5-1 victory to spoil Senior Day for host St. Viator on Thursday.
The victory moved the Redwings to an ideal 12-0-0 general, and 5-0-0 in league play, with key back-to-back victories over Joliet Catholic Academy and St. Viator, their two closest challengers for prime honors within the ESCC.
“It was a kind of video games we needed to simply grind out a victory and with the intense warmth, and Senior Day in school for us (Wednesday), our power stage wasn’t the place it wanted to be within the first half. However we turned it round within the second half to get an essential win in opposition to our longtime rival,” mentioned Redwings coach Gerard Oconer.
Casmere collected a ball from Mariana Pinto then broke into the field and completed with deadly precision to provide the guests an early lead simply 5 minutes into the competition.
“Even with us getting that first objective I assumed our first half of play, and particularly on the very starting, we began out actually sluggish,” mentioned Casmere. “On the break, we talked about taking part in with extra urgency, and extra one-two touches, and once we did we have been capable of take management of the sport.”
The Redwings had some bother with the excessive stress the Lions (6-3-2, 2-1-1) would deliver, significantly from senior Caroline Sexton, who ran all day lengthy on the Benet again line whereas creating probabilities for herself and her teammates.
Sexton would deliver the Lions’ devoted to life when she hit the equalizer within the forty third minute, and for the following 5-6 minutes, it appeared the objective would supply the momentum the Lions would want to show the match of their favor.
“Sexton’s objective gave the impression to be precisely what we wanted however once we did not make the most of it Benet quickly hit the go-ahead objective, after which we ran out of steam to permit them to take over the sport,” mentioned Lions head coach Mike Taylor.
Paige Neri, who along with Pinto would have a hand in 4 of the 5 Redwings targets, supplied the helper on Casmere’s second objective within the 58th minute, a beautiful end when she introduced Lily Collins off her line with a fast transfer to her proper.
Nora Hanson ran up the left aspect earlier than whipping an ideal ball to the again submit the place Casmere steered in her third of the sport at 72 minutes.
An personal objective elevated the Benet benefit to 4-1 shortly thereafter, earlier than Jaimee Cibulka added yet another to the rating line within the eightieth minute on Pinto’s third help of the day.
“It was a typical Benet-St. Viator sport — laborious fought, bodily, and loads of motion on each side of the ball — and to the credit score of our ladies, they discovered a method to play a robust second half to get the outcome we got here right here for,” mentioned Oconer.