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  • Maddie Pokora, middle, walks off the field with her teammates as New Trier celebrates its 1-0 win during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Maddie Pokora, middle, walks off the field with her teammates as New Trier celebrates its 1-0 win during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Mackenzie Fuller walks off the field as New Trier players celebrate their 1-0 win during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubonsie Valley's Mackenzie Fuller walks off the field as New Trier players celebrate their 1-0 win during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • New Trier's Celia Frei, left, and Waubonsie Vallye's Sarah Griffith leap for a header during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       New Trier's Celia Frei, left, and Waubonsie Vallye's Sarah Griffith leap for a header during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Morgan Kemerling, right, directs the ball with a header in front of New Trier's Jackie Welch during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubonsie Valley's Morgan Kemerling, right, directs the ball with a header in front of New Trier's Jackie Welch during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • New Trier celebrates after scoring the game's only goal during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal against Waubonsie Valley at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       New Trier celebrates after scoring the game's only goal during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal against Waubonsie Valley at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Sarah Griffith, left, of Waubonsie Valley, and Celia Frei of New Trier leap for a header during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Sarah Griffith, left, of Waubonsie Valley, and Celia Frei of New Trier leap for a header during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Morgan Kemerling takes a shot on goal during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal against New Trier at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubonsie Valley's Morgan Kemerling takes a shot on goal during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal against New Trier at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Morgan Kemerling, left, and New Trier's Bina Saipi make contact as they pursue the ball  during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal against at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubonsie Valley's Morgan Kemerling, left, and New Trier's Bina Saipi make contact as they pursue the ball during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal against at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Kristen Dodson, left, tries to get past New Trier's Sarah Connors during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubonsie Valley's Kristen Dodson, left, tries to get past New Trier's Sarah Connors during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • New Trier goal keeper Dani Kaufman makes a save in front of Waubonsie Valley's Kristen Dodson during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       New Trier goal keeper Dani Kaufman makes a save in front of Waubonsie Valley's Kristen Dodson during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley coach Julie Bergstrom leads her team during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal against New Trier at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubonsie Valley coach Julie Bergstrom leads her team during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal against New Trier at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • New Trier's Alex Bukovac, left, and Waubonsie Valley's Callie Vitro pursue the ball during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       New Trier's Alex Bukovac, left, and Waubonsie Valley's Callie Vitro pursue the ball during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubosnie Valley's Maggie Roe, left, and New Trier's Alex Bukovac make contact as they pursue the ball during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubosnie Valley's Maggie Roe, left, and New Trier's Alex Bukovac make contact as they pursue the ball during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Kristen Dodson, right, tries to control the ball in front of New Trier's Sarah Connors during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubonsie Valley's Kristen Dodson, right, tries to control the ball in front of New Trier's Sarah Connors during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Maggie Roe gets in front of New Trier's Alex Bukovac after a throw-in during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

       Waubonsie Valley's Maggie Roe gets in front of New Trier's Alex Bukovac after a throw-in during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By Chris Walker
Daily Herald Correspondent

Waubonsie Valley hadn't lost since its season opener against Lyons Twp. on March 17.

The Warriors' incredible winning streak finally came to a startling end Friday night when they dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to New Trier at North Central in a girls soccer Class 3A semifinal.

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Waubonsie Valley (22-2-3) will look to rebound and win a third-place trophy against Lincoln-Way North at 5 p.m. Saturday.

"It's tough," Warriors coach Julie Bergstom said. "You're let down, but we'll show up and play tomorrow because they've worked hard. I just think the injuries caught up with us there. Unfortunately, it came down to one miscommunication and they got their one goal."

New Trier (30-1) avenged its lone loss of the season, a 2-1 match against these same Warriors, to move on to Saturday's Class 3A title game against upstart St. Charles East.

The Trevians got all the offense they needed at the 33:06 mark when Kelly Maday scored off a Maddie Mulford assist via a through ball.

"I think it was just urgency and determination and to just get that throw and seeing Maddie down that sideline and knowing I can count on her playing a nice through ball," Maday said. "When she gets the ball and looks up, I know I have to start making my run and doing whatever I can in my power to finish."

Maday's big finish ended Waubonsie Valley's hopes for its fourth state title and first since 2010. The Warriors had a good share of opportunities to net the equalizer, including a handful of combination attempts from Mackenzie Fuller and Kristen Dodson, but none came to fruition.

"It helped seeing them earlier in the season and knowing what we had to do this time to try to shut them down," Maday said. "I think our back line helped us with confidence all over the field."

Fuller and Dodson proved to be a lethal combination all spring, and once again they worked at pressuring the opposition, but this time they just couldn't net the equalizer. Still, it was surrendering the game-winner that stood out most and obviously sent them home for the summer

"We got beat up on our way here (to state)," Bergstrom said. "I'm proud of them. I thought they tried hard and we had to scramble."

Bergstrom made special mention of Emily Dickens and Callie Vitro, who were asked to provide more substantial minutes on the defensive side to overcome some of the team's injuries.

The two rose to the occasion to keep it a single-goal game, but the Warriors just couldn't counter and will have to turn their attention over to winning third place.

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