Huntley goalkeeper Jessica Galason didn't have a lot to do for much of Saturday afternoon's contest against Elk Grove.
The senior made back-to-back saves in a matter of a couple seconds late in the game to preserve a two-goal lead. The Red Raiders' Samantha Bessey added another goal a minute and a half later to help Huntley to a 3-0 victory over the Grenadiers.
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"Galason came up big on the two saves on the one play," Red Raiders' coach Kris Grabner said. "If it's not for that, it's a 2-1 game and who knows at the end."
Elk Grove (1-2) did not have a shot on goal until there was less than 7 minutes remaining in the game. The Grenadiers tested Galason with 2:40 remaining. Galason got a hand on a Nikki Zaino shot and the ball went off the crossbar. The rebound went to Cassie Slattery, who headed the ball. Galason went to her right and made that save as well.
"I was able to get a hand on (Zaino's shot). I thought I was able to get over, but luckily it hit the crossbar," Galason said. "I quickly got right back up for the rebound. I had a feeling she was going that way because that side was more open."
Sophomore Autumn Maravigila gave Huntley (2-1) the lead with 12:35 remaining in the first half. Kaitlin Costantino's corner kick eventually come out to Rachel Zobott. Her touch went high and was held up by the wind. Maravigila outjumped a defender and head the ball home.
"Once Rachel hit the ball up in the air, I knew it was my opportunity to get a head on the ball," Maravigila said. "It ended up going in."
Alexandrea Sunter made it 2-0 with a shot from 35 yards out with 32:03 remaining in the game. After Galason, who finished with three saves, kept the two-goal advantage, Bessey made a nice turn in the Elk Grove penalty area and scored for a 3-0 lead.
"The two girls (Zaino and Slattery) we have running up top are going to make things difficult on the opposition a lot of times," Grens' coach Dan Klaus said. "We have to be able to give them some support so they don't have to do 50 yards of work every single time."
Melissa Solorio made 12 saves to keep Elk Grove within striking distance for most of the game.
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