Girls soccer: Benet just misses Class 2A state title

  • Benet team captains hoist their second-place trophy following their IHSA Class 2A state championship game loss to Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Benet team captains hoist their second-place trophy following their IHSA Class 2A state championship game loss to Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet players console themselves following their IHSA Class 2A state championship game loss to Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Benet players console themselves following their IHSA Class 2A state championship game loss to Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Annastacia Thiel (20) heads the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game against Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Benet's Annastacia Thiel (20) heads the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game against Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Deerfield's Erin Emory (11) kicks the ball during their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game win over Fenwick at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Deerfield's Erin Emory (11) kicks the ball during their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game win over Fenwick at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Deerfield players pose with their third-place trophy following their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game win over Fenwick at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Deerfield players pose with their third-place trophy following their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game win over Fenwick at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Deerfield players celebrate a goal their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game win over Fenwick at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Deerfield players celebrate a goal their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game win over Fenwick at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Fenwick's Grace Kapsch (28) and Deerfield's Emily Fox (8) head the ball during their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Fenwick's Grace Kapsch (28) and Deerfield's Emily Fox (8) head the ball during their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Deerfield's Emily Fox (8) gets control of the ball during their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game win over Fenwick at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Deerfield's Emily Fox (8) gets control of the ball during their IHSA Class 2A State consolation game win over Fenwick at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Mariana Pinto (10) and Triad's Jackie Barkus (6) battle for the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Benet's Mariana Pinto (10) and Triad's Jackie Barkus (6) battle for the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Rachel Burns (17) heads the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game against Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Benet's Rachel Burns (17) heads the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game against Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Triad's Carson Bohnenstiehl (12) and Benet's Rania Fikri (2) go after the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Triad's Carson Bohnenstiehl (12) and Benet's Rania Fikri (2) go after the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Reese MacDonald (5) heads the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game against Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Benet's Reese MacDonald (5) heads the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game against Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Keira Petrucelli (9) and Triad's Macy Mell (11) go after the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Benet's Keira Petrucelli (9) and Triad's Macy Mell (11) go after the ball during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Benet's Shannon Clark (00) makes a save during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game against Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

    Benet's Shannon Clark (00) makes a save during the IHSA Class 2A state championship game against Triad at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

 
By Mike Garofola
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 6/4/2022 4:55 PM

Chris Catanzaro broke the hearts of the Benet Academy faithful when the Triad senior fired her 58th minute blast to help the Knights capture their second consecutive Class 2A state soccer title Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over the Redwings.

"We obviously all would have liked to win this game today, but this team has come such a long way, and has accomplished so much. So today we lost to a fantastic opponent, and that's the way the sport of soccer goes," said Redwings tri-captain Annastacia Thiel, who has been accepted into the Kelley School of Business at the Indiana University.

 

"We played hard and gave it all that we could. (We) came up a little short, but we have nothing to be ashamed of at all," added senior Katie Lewellyan, who recently was named ESCC Player of the Year. She proved to be a key figure in the Redwings' 10th league title and eventual second-place state finish.

Lewellyan, the lone holdover from the 2019 state championship team, watched a Triad (25-1-0) side come out and dominate possession with a high pass completion rate. Most of the play went through the aforementioned Catanzaro and her teammate alongside her in the middle of the park, Ezra Wilder.

"(They) moved the ball around really well on us today. (We) played a little too direct, which we normally do not do. (But) I was still very proud of our effort against a very good opponent," said Thiel.

The Redwings (22-5-0) who came into this contest on a stretch of 13 games unbeaten with eight of those results shutouts, created just a handful of chances over the 80 minutes at North Central College. It's best came in the first half when Eleanor Mahan was allowed to tee-up her effort from 18 yards which was saved by Triad's all-state keeper, Reagan Chigas.

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Catanzaro's brilliant angled strike in the 58th minute was clinically perfect. But the Redwings did respond with Anna Casmere, the hero of Friday's 3-2 victory over Deerfield, at the heart of that response.

On three occasions, Casmere would roar up the left side, drawing two challengers with her before playing wonderful balls across and into the box -- forcing the Triad defense to parry those troublesome efforts out of the area.

The Redwings appeared to have the chance to equalize four minutes from time when a penalty kick was called -- sending Mariana Pinto to the spot -- but the senior rattled her attempt off the bar.

The ball spilled free, but Casmere's rebound attempt went just wide.

"We were in this game right until the end, and had a chance to send it into overtime, but it wasn't to be. (But) what a great effort from a great group of girls who nearly won a state title, I am very proud of each and everyone of them," said Benet coach Gerard Oconer.

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