FREEPORT – The Rosary girls soccer team tread water after yielding an early goal in Wednesday’s 2A Freeport Sectional semifinal, and even out-possessed Prairie Ridge during stretches of the second half.
The Wolves’ surge in the opening stages after the break added up, however, as the Royals suffered a season-ending, 3-0, loss.
“It wasn’t our best game of the season, so I wouldn’t say we’re happy with ending this way,” Royals coach Kristy Kane said. “But it’s been a great season. I don’t want to take away from the conference title win or the regional win. [The Wolves] were a good team and had a lot of quickness.”
Prairie Ridge (16-2-1) struck early, with Bri Fenton scoring on a Kelsey Bear assist less than a minute into the match.
“When [the offense] scores really fast, we get pumped up. Then we’re also really scared that we might let it go,” Wolves defender Ali Fanning said. “We like to yell ‘First five!’ so we play our hearts out for the first five minutes so there’s no chance they can come back and get a goal in.”
Fanning, Hallie Simons and Jordan Reitz led Prairie Ridge’s defensive effort, holding Rosary to only four shots on goal. Fanning was told by Wolves coach J.C. Brown to mark Rosary’s top threat, forward Quincy Kellett, and Fanning held Kellett to only one shot.
Prairie Ridge scored twice after halftime. Rosary (15-4-3) stayed afloat behind goalkeeper Lauren Frasca, who made 12 saves.
“Lauren is such an athlete,” Kane said. “She always goes out there. She’s always pumped up. She was the one at halftime trying to get everyone riled up to come back. I expect Lauren to do what she did today, and that’s come out with some great saves.”