Staying together and working with one another carried the Warren girls soccer team a long way this season.
But on Tuesday, 12th-seeded Warren ran into another team with similar beliefs, as fifth-seeded Glenbrook South shut out the Blue Devils 4-0 in a Class 3A regional semifinal.
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The Titans (17-4-4) next host fourth-seeded Carmel (14-3-2) at 11 a.m. Saturday in the regional championship round at Glenbrook South.
A total of 11 seniors played for Warren this year, and many of them competed together since they were 8 years old. This core group helped the Blue Devils strive for a successful run as Warren finished the season at 10-10-3.
"We worked hard all season long and had a good year," said Warren senior midfielder Karly Moe. "We had problems winning the ball and playing with the feet. But they were pretty tall and we lacked some height. (Glenbrook South) was a good team to go against."
Warren played Glenbrook South early in April and earned a 1-1 tie on the turf in Gurnee. This time the game was played on natural grass.
"We knew that it would be a tough game coming in," Warren coach Ryan McCabe said. "We knew what to expect. There wasn't much we could do --they got some good goals.
"It was a different result. I knew we wouldn't surprise them after our outcome earlier."
Glenbrook South scored early as Nicole Sroubek found the back of the net after an assist from Eleni Haramaras in the eighth minute.
Taylor Fuderer added another Titans goal after a corner kick in the final minute of the first half.
Glenbrook South added two more goals during the second half. Haramaras scored on a penalty kick, and Lindsey Oldshue scored unassisted.
Blue Devils keeper Amanda Macuiba made 10 stops.
"I was very concerned about Warren coming in," said Glenbrook South coach Seong Ha, whose team now has 17 shutouts. "One of the things I was worried about was their counter-attacking -- and their goalkeeper, Macuiba. If we didn't come organized, then (Warren) was fully prepared to take it to us.
"The goal we got early was a monster and a table-setter for the match."