Breaking News Bar
updated: 5/23/2014 10:34 PM

Big-goal Bailey does it again for Stevenson

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent

Erin Bailey has a knack for scoring game-winning goals in the regional final.

She did it a couple of years ago as a sophomore and has done it again as a senior, leading the Patriots to a regional championship on Friday night.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Bailey hit the game-winner in the second overtime that carried No. 14 seed Stevenson past No. 12 Libertyville 1-0 in 2OT's in the Class 3A regional final in Lincolnshire.

Stevenson (7-10-4) will meet top-seeded Buffalo Grove (22-1-3) in the Libertyville sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Buffalo Grove won its own regional final over Palatine 1-0.

Bailey's tally was her first of the season. It came in the 94th minute after a failed clearing attempt by Libertyville. Bailey stepped up, knocked the ball down at the top of the box and delivered a rocket into the back of the net.

"It was a big goal," said Bailey, a defender who stepped forward on the play. "We had an initial shot from Emma Jaeger, then it came back out. I just knew that I had to place it or it would go out of control. It was a little lucky. We're definitely the underdogs here."

Just two years ago, Bailey sent Stevenson into the sectionals with a game-winning goal in the final two minutes with a header off a corner kick to beat Prospect 1-0.

Stevenson has battled injury problems all season and at one point had eight players out. But in the postseason the Patriots have recovered many of those players.

And now Stevenson has pulled off upsets over No. 4 seed Hersey and its rival, Libertyville.

"It's always a battle with (Libertyville)," Stevenson coach Kevin Heffernan said. "It's a sweet game when we play them. It doesn't matter who wins, it's an amazing game. It was hard-fought both ways. Anybody could've won that game. It came down to one great crack at the end.

"This team has more heart than any other team that I've had. I told them a long time ago that players that were injured gave the rest of the players a chance to play -- a chance to improve and contribute to this team. Once we got to the playoffs, it made us stronger when they got back. Now we're just a stronger team, and they are showing it."

Maddy Boutros made 9 stops in goal for the Patriots.

Libertyville (8-8-2) had won five straight going into the match and had been playing its best soccer of the season. The Wildcats upset Glenbrook South in the regional semifinal 2-1 on Tuesday.

Libertyville had its share of chances and opportunities but couldn't convert.

"We just didn't play our best game,," Libertyville coach Andy Bitta said. "I thought this team came a long way this season. There was a lot of improvement. I expect us to be very strong next year."

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here