Girls soccer: Casmere's clutch goal puts Benet in state title game

  • Benet players celebrate their IHSA Class 2A state semifinal win over Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Benet players celebrate their IHSA Class 2A state semifinal win over Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Deerfield's Emily Fox (center) kicks the ball as she's surrounded by Benet's Brinkley Douglas (left) and Gabi DiMatteo during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Deerfield's Emily Fox (center) kicks the ball as she's surrounded by Benet's Brinkley Douglas (left) and Gabi DiMatteo during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Reese MacDonald (5) kicks the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Benet's Reese MacDonald (5) kicks the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Annastacia Thiel (20) kicks the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Benet's Annastacia Thiel (20) kicks the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Deerfield players celebrate Emily Fox's (8) goal during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Benet at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Deerfield players celebrate Emily Fox's (8) goal during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Benet at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Gabi DiMatteo (left) and Deerfield's Jessie Fisher head the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Benet's Gabi DiMatteo (left) and Deerfield's Jessie Fisher head the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet players celebrate Anna Casmere's (center) final goal to win the IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Benet players celebrate Anna Casmere's (center) final goal to win the IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Brinkley Douglas (7) heads the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Benet's Brinkley Douglas (7) heads the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Reese MacDonald (left) and Deerfield's Erin Emory (11) go after the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Benet's Reese MacDonald (left) and Deerfield's Erin Emory (11) go after the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Deerfield's Emily Fox gets control of the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Benet at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Deerfield's Emily Fox gets control of the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Benet at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Keira Petrucelli (9) kicks the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Benet's Keira Petrucelli (9) kicks the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Deerfield at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Deerfield's Holly Deutsch (15) gets control of the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Benet at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    Deerfield's Holly Deutsch (15) gets control of the ball during an IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Benet at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, June 3, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

 
By Mike Garofola
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 6/3/2022 4:35 PM

Anna Casmere's wonder goal in the 72nd minute sent Benet Academy into Saturday's Class 2A state championship game after the Redwings' 3-2 victory over Deerfield Friday afternoon in Naperville at North Central College.

Next up will be reigning state champion Triad (24-1-0) who beat Fenwick 3-1 in overtime to set up the 1 p.m. title match at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

 

"There's so much history and tradition here at Benet, and we all wanted it to continue with a win today," said Casmere, whose club is on a 14-game unbeaten stretch, which includes consecutive victories over Joliet Catholic and St. Viator to claim its 10th ESCC title.

"This was a game we expected it to be -- two quality teams, both of which have talented players. And in the end, I believe it was the depth of our roster that might have been the difference," opined Redwings coach Gerard Oconer.

Katie Llewellyn stunned the Warriors (22-4-2) in the opening minute when she dribbled up the center channel from her own end, then cooly finished to give the Benet (22-4-0) faithful plenty to celebrate.

However, the Warriors have one of the finest sophomore players in the state in Emily Fox, and the silky smooth midfielder equalized in the 15th minute off Holly Deutsch's 30th assist of the season. She then put her club ahead at 38 minutes when her snap shot floated into the back of the net from 25 yards.

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"No. 8 (Fox) is truly an unbelievable player. She gave us trouble all throughout this game and was so dangerous each and every time the ball was on her foot," said Oconer.

"Emily is one special player," added Warriors coach Rich Grady.

The balance of power shifted firmly to the Redwings, thanks in large part to some Casmere, who drew her club back level in the 59th minute after redirecting an inch-perfect ball from Eleanor Mahan.

Staring down the possibility of extra time, Casmere made sure this contest was decided within 80 minutes with her ninth goal of the season that floated just inside the back post and under the bar to insure safe passage into the final.

"We left it all out there today. (It) was a game between two great attacking teams who went at each other for 80 minutes (and) unfortunately for us, they scored one more goal than we did," said Grady.

The Warriors will play their third-place match against Fenwick (13-7-2) at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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