The Evanston Township High School girls soccer team has done something that not too many others have done. They have won Regionals the last nine years and will try to make it ten in a row this year.
The 2010 season got under way on March 18 when the Wildkits faced off against Central Suburban League South foe Glenbrook South at Evanston’s Lazier Field at Memorial Stadium. Glenbrook South took an early lead off a penalty kick and added another goal late in the first half to go up 2-0.
The Kits could not get anything going offensively the entire game, but they held the Titans in check in the second half, keeping the score at 2-0 to the end. The Kits got only two shots on goal in the second half.
On March 23, the Kits faced Stevenson on a brisk evening at Lazier Field. Defense was the name of the game in this one. In the first half, both teams failed to score and combined for only nine shots on goal. That meant the Kits have gone scoreless in the first three halves of the season.
In the second half, the defensive battle continued. The Kits controlled the ball for much of the half, but that did not result in any goals. With just over 14 minutes remaining, Stevenson scored. They added another goal with just over a minute and a half remaining to seal the victory for the visitors, 2-0.
The next day, the Kits played Hinsdale South in Evanston. After dropping the first two games of the year, the Kits were due for a win. “You guys are so close. I can taste it, and it’s sweet,” shouted a parent as the Kits took the field before the game.
About half-way through the first half, the Kits had a shot on goal, which was deflected and recovered by Evanston’s Carly Norris, who then kicked it past Hinsdale South’s goalie for their first goal of the season. Then with seven and a half minutes remaining, Lilli Barrett O’Keefe dribbled the ball down near the goal where she found Jessica Shatkin in front of the net: Shatkin kicked it past the goalie for a 2-0 lead.
Thirteen seconds into the second half, Norris scored her second goal of the game to give the Kits a three-goal lead. But Hinsdale South did not give up, scoring the next two goals to pull to 3-2. Hinsdale threatened to tie it with three late shots on goal, but the Kits denied them and held on for the 3-2 victory, their first of the season. As of March 28, the Kits’ record stood at 1-2.
The Kits’ schedule included a trip to Alabama during the school’s spring break. In that trip, the Kits played Briarwood Christian Academy on Mar. 29 and will play Spain Park High School today. From there they return home and face Deerfield in Evanston on April 12. The following day they visit Highland Park.