Girls soccer: Montini rallies to take third at state

  • Montini players gather around the third-place trophy after defeating Normal University during Saturday's Class 1A state third-place game at North Central College in Naperville.

      Montini players gather around the third-place trophy after defeating Normal University during Saturday's Class 1A state third-place game at North Central College in Naperville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Sawyer White closes in on Normal University's Eve Whitlow (21) during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville

      Montini's Sawyer White closes in on Normal University's Eve Whitlow (21) during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Montini goalkeeper Natalie Gartland, left,  was solid in the net during the shootout to help defeat Normal University in Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville

      Montini goalkeeper Natalie Gartland, left, was solid in the net during the shootout to help defeat Normal University in Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Maren Hoovel (9) makes a second-half goal to tie the game in the closing mintues of the second half against Normal University during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville

      Montini's Maren Hoovel (9) makes a second-half goal to tie the game in the closing mintues of the second half against Normal University during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Avery Lucatorto hits the turf chasing down the loose ball with Normal University's Grace Yyoder (3) during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville.

      Montini's Avery Lucatorto hits the turf chasing down the loose ball with Normal University's Grace Yyoder (3) during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Annalee DeFeo, right, and Normal University's Elis Luallen (15) jump for the header during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville.

      Montini's Annalee DeFeo, right, and Normal University's Elis Luallen (15) jump for the header during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Montini goalkeeper Natalie Gartland, right, reacts to a goal as Normal University's Alyssa Brown (5) and Adriana Crabtree celebreate the point during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville.

      Montini goalkeeper Natalie Gartland, right, reacts to a goal as Normal University's Alyssa Brown (5) and Adriana Crabtree celebreate the point during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Anna Carrigan (7) gets to the ball ahead of Normal University's Charlise Carr during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville.

      Montini's Anna Carrigan (7) gets to the ball ahead of Normal University's Charlise Carr during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Maren Hoovel celebrates her first-half goal against Normal University goalkeeper Olivia Checchi (19) during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville.

      Montini's Maren Hoovel celebrates her first-half goal against Normal University goalkeeper Olivia Checchi (19) during Saturday's IHSA Class 1A state girls soccer third place game at North Central College in Naperville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/29/2022 10:18 AM

Montini midfielder Sawyer White spent her senior year trying to be the best leader she could be.

She set a high bar.

 

White capped a stellar high school sports career Saturday by helping the Broncos win their first state trophy in girls soccer. She converted the first penalty kick in the shootout of Montini's 3-2 comeback victory over Normal U-High in the Class 1A third-place game at North Central College.

White, who finished the season with 10 goals and 19 assists, will play soccer and basketball at Illinois Wesleyan. She was captain in both sports at Montini this year.

The Broncos (14-5-1) had never won a sectional before this season but advanced to the state finals with a roster stocked with 12 freshmen, six of whom started.

Junior forward Maren Hoovel, who scored 26 goals to lead the Broncos in scoring for the second straight season, served as a co-captain with White and senior defender Anna Carrigan this season.

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Like White, Hoovel also plays basketball. She sat out this winter while recovering from a torn ACL suffered a year ago, but returned to the soccer field better than ever and scored twice Saturday after Alyssa Brown and Alison Heller scored on breakaways to give Normal U-High (16-11) a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Hoovel put the Broncos on the board with 12:40 left in the first half. She beat a defender into the left side of the box before poking a right-footed shot inside the right post for her 25th goal of the season.

Even so, Montini was on the brink of defeat when White heaved a throw-in toward the middle of the Pioneers' box. Hoovel got to in the middle of a scrum and rolled a shot inside the right post to tie the game at 2-2 with 2:50 to go in regulation.

The Broncos were even happier after winning the ensuing shootout 4-2. White, freshman Naomy Gonzalez, Hoovel and junior Jillian Parrilli converted penalty kicks for Montini, while freshman goalkeeper Natalie Gartland stopped two of U-High's four attempts.

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