2012 PEPSI SHOWDOWN "MUSCLE MILK SHOWCASE SATURDAY
The Lady Tigers of Plainfield North have advanced to the 2012 Pepsi Showdown Final Four next Saturday after defeating the Lockport Porters 2-0. Plainfield North's next opponent will be Lake Forest who defeated Elk Grove Village 2-1 in Overtime. The winner of the Plainfield North / Lake Forest match will meet the winner of the Metea Valley / Loyola Academy match for the 2012 Championship.
In consolation bracket play, the SPC's Plainfield Central earned a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Maine South while Plainfield East and Oswego both lost their contests, 4-2 & 4-0 respectively.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
2012 PEPSI SHOWDOWN "MUSCLE MILK SHOWCASE SATURDAY"
At Olympic Park, Schaumburg
Chicago Lane Tech 3, Sycamore 1
Lyons Township 1, Wheaton Academy 0
"Pepsi" Championship Bracket Elite Eight Matches:
Game 27: Lake Forest 2, Elk Grove Village 1 (OT)
Game 26: Loyola Academy 2, New Trier 0
Oak Park Fenwick 2, Niles North 1
Wheaton North 2, Huntley 1
"Pepsi" Championship Bracket Elite Eight Matches:
Game 25: Metea Valley 3, Stevenson 0
Game 28: Plainfield North 2, Lockport 0
Mundelein 1, Chicago Whitney Young 1
Warren 2, Chicago Payton College Prep 0
Joliet West 3, Chicago University High 2
Oak Park-River Forest 3, Marian Catholic 1
Glenbrook South 4, Oswego 0
Lake Zurich 4, Plainfield East 2
Hersey 1, Jacobs 0
York 3, Deerfield 0
Wheaton-Warrenville South 2, Hinsdale South 1
Lincoln-Way North 4, Chicago St. Ignatius 0
Maine South 1, Plainfield Central 1
The Plainfield North (9-1-1, 3-0-0 SPC) Lady Tigers continue to impress in the 2012 Pepsi Showdown after defeating a formidable Lyons Township (6-1-1) squad in their Sweet Sixteen Round match-up. Now that the Lady Tigers have made the Elite Eight, they will have to do battle with a very solid Lockport Porters (7-2-0) team. The Porters advanced to the Elite Eight by defeating Lake Zurich 2-1- in an Overtime Penalty Kick Shootout on Thursday. So, as far as potential barn-burners go - this next match-up should be a real dandy as the competition level has just been raised by another notch. But make no mistake, the Lady Tigers are every bit the Elite Team as the Lockport Porters are and a win here would shine an even brighter light on the Southwest Prairie Conference.
The SPC have not only been well-represented in this year's tournament but they have also performed very well thus far. Even though three of the SPC Teams were knocked-out of the Championship Bracket, the Muscle Milk Consolation Bracket is tough as nails. Thursday's games saw the Lady Bengals of Plainfield East (9-4-1, 2-1-0 SPC) defeat Chicago St. Ignatius 3-2 while the Lady Panthers of Oswego (4-6-0, 2-1-0 SPC) lost a heartbreaking 3-2 contest versus Sycamore and Plainfield Central's Lady Wildcats dropped a 2-0 decision versus Lincoln-Way North. I am sure that there are still some good performances remaining from these teams as the tournament continues.
Of the three teams in the consolation bracket, Plainfield East have been the most pleasant surprise. This is a team that could very well surprise a few opponents the rest of the way and will be a handful once the IHSA State Playoffs begin. Clearly, Plainfield North and East are the two best teams thus far, but Plainfield Central and Oswego must be respected with their core of talented players. As it stands right now, though, the four best teams in the SPC are the one's who are being showcased in the 2012 Pepsi Showdown Tournament.
And as an observer of the Southwest Prairie Conference - well let's just say I am more than pleased with our talent.
RESULTS: THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
2012 PEPSI SHOWDOWN 2ND ROUND: SWEET SIXTEEN
"Pepsi" Championship Bracket
Game 17: Metea Valley 2, Wheaton Academy 0
No. 1 seed Metea Valley (11-1) got unassisted goals from Alyssa Fox and Holly Krol to advance to Saturday’s Elite Eight showdown against No. 9 seed Stevenson. Megan Geldernick posted the shutout. Kristen Morency had 10 saves for No. 16 seed Wheaton Academy (4-2).
Game 18: Stevenson 5, York 4 (OT)
In the first overtime contest of the 2012 Pepsi Showdown, Jenna Weiner’s goal was the difference for No. 9 seed Stevenson (5-2-1) in the Sweet 16 battle. Hanna Levi, Olivia Whalen (two), Katie Krejsa also scored, while Ali Olsen, Weiner (two) and Krejsa had assists. Goalie Cori Calcateera had 13 saves. Christina Ordonez (two), Courtney McHugh and Bryce Banuelos scored for No. 7 seed York (7-3). Christina Orodonez, Abby Wilkins and McHugh had assists, while goalie Anna Bell had five saves.
Game 19: New Trier 1, Jacobs 0
Maddie Mulford’s second-half goal off a Jess Weaver assist propelled No. 5 seed New Trier (9-0) into Saturday’s Elite Eight, where it will face rival Loyola at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. Goalie Emma Schaff posted the shutout, and Jessie Berman and Rachel Shellenback also had strong games for the Trevians. Goalie Alyssa Koeppler suffered the tough loss for No. 12 seed Jacobs (7-4-2).
Game 20: Loyola Academy 2, Hersey 0
Margret Walker and Meeghan Smith found the back of the net for No. 4 seed Loyola (10-0-1) in the Sweet 16 showdown. Tori Iatarola and Smith handed out the assists, and goalie Brittany San Roman halted seven shots for the win. The Ramblers have allowed just one goal in 11 games. No. 13 seed Hersey dropped to 8-3-2 despite the strong play of defenders Sarah Magnunson, Olivia Stasiuk, Kayla Knauss, and Emily Moody. Goalie Morgan Harris finished with six saves.
Game 21: Elk Grove Village 2, Wheaton North 1
Kelly Naughton’s second half goal broke a 1-1 tie to give No. 3 seed Elk Grove (7-0-1) the thrilling Sweet 16 victory. Kelli Hubly assisted on the game winner. Rachel Pruim scored in the first half off a Naughton assist. Goalie Melissa Solorio got the win goal. Lexi Pelafas scored for No. 14 seed Wheaton North (5-5), and Jessica Kiely was in goal.
Game 22: Lake Forest 2, Wheaton-Warrenville South 1
After a scoreless first half, No. 6 seed Lake Forest (7-2-1) scored a pair goals (Mackenzie Mick, Catherine Traut) in the second half to advance to Saturday’s Elite 8 at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. Allie Danneker and Kali Polich had assists for the Scouts. Caroline Holmes (goal) and Kate Fowee (assist) provided the offense for the No. 10 seed Tigers (2-4-2).
Game 23: Lockport 2, Lake Zurich 1 (OT-PK)
Cortney Jerzy scored in regulation and then recorded the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout to help No. 8 seed Lockport (7-2) rally for the road win and a spot in Saturday's Elite Eight against No. 2 seed Plainfield North. Sam Spencer assisted on Jerzy's goal.
Game 24: Plainfield North 2, Lyons Township 0
No. 2 seed Plainfield North captured the Sweet 16 home win thanks to a first-half own goal and a second-half tally from Heather Handwork. Paige Polonus posted the shutout for the Tigers (9-1-1). Maggie Orlowski had 11 saves for No. 15 seed Lyons (6-1-1).
"Muscle Milk" Consolation Bracket
Chicago Lane Tech 4, Warren 0
Amanda Macuiba (four saves) and Nicole Villareal (two saves) split time in goal for Warren (2-5-2).
Glenbrook South 1, Oak Park Fenwick 0
April Cronin's goal was all the Titans (4-3-4) needed to capture the road win in the Muscle Milk Consolation Bracket on Thursday. Nicole Sroubek had the assist, while Kelsey Byers had one save to earn the shutout. Sydney Galvez-Daley had 20 saves for Fenwick (2-4-1).
Hinsdale South 2, Joliet West 1
Alyssa Lokanc had both goals on assists from Jessica Koziol, as the Hornets (2-6) won at home in the Muscle Milk Consolation Bracket. Taylor Adler scored for Joliet West (2-8), and goalie Joline Butler had six saves.
Huntley 0, Deerfield 0
In Muscle Milk Consolation action, Deerfield goalie Bailey Bradford (four saves) to post her fifth shutout for the Warriors (3-2-5).
Lincoln-Way North 2, Plainfield Central 0
Rita Craven (goal), Kristi Cesario (goal), Jessica Bean (assist) and Valen Manns (assist) powered Lincoln-Way North (7-3-1) to the home win in the Muscle Milk Consolation Bracket. Michelle Balcerzak had five saves to earn the win. Tiffany Lenza recorded four saves for the Wildcats (6-4).
Maine South 3, Mundelein 0 (at Loyola)
Alison Cottrell (two) and Allison Curry (one) had goals for Maine South (7-3-1) in the Muscle Milk Consolation Bracket. Goalie Emily O’Grady registered the shutout. Michaela Valin and Cristina Loverde split time in goal for Mundelein (2-6-1).
Marian Catholic 2, Chicago University High 0
Debo Akinsanya and Hailey Losselong scored for the Spartans (2-6) in the Muscle Milk Consolation Bracket. Zakiya Harris and Colleen Ryan had assists, while Sarah Sieracki had three saves for the shutout.
Niles North 1, Chicago Whitney Young 0
In Muscle Milk Consolation action, Luci Valenzuela scored off an assist from Michelle Scaunas for Niles North (2-6-1). Goalie Itzy Hernandez had three saves for the shutout. Goalie Rachel Hobert recorded 13 saves for Young (4-5-2).
Oak Park-River Forest 3, Chicago Payton College Prep 0
Goalie Katy Oldach stopped 15 shots to help the Huskies (6-4) win in the Muscle Milk Consolation Bracket. Sofia Pappageorge, Tess Trinka and Erin Shrobolgen scored thanks to assists from Meredith Blattner and Mikaela Gillman. Mackenzie Trumbull had a solid performance for Payton (4-3-1).
Sycamore 3, Oswego 2
Nikki Anderson and Kaylan Mills scored for Oswego (4-6) on assists from Trisha Carr and Hunter Coppes. Goalie Amy Annala stopped eight shots for the Panthers.
Plainfield East 3, Chicago St. Ignatius 2
Anna Gahafer and Bri Bernholdt hooked up twice, with the latter scoring both goals to help Plainfield East (9-4-1) capture the road win in the Muscle Milk Consolation Bracket. Ashley Ayers also scored, while goalie Jessica Vargas stopped 13 shots to get the win. Noreen Walsh and Ellie Rollo tallied for the Wolfpack (5-4-3), and goalie Michelle Loyo had seven saves.
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