After battling to a 6-3 halftime lead, New Trier pulled away behind winning draws and ground balls to defeat Lake Forest 14-5 in the IHSA Supersectional.
The Scouts came out strong, winning draws by Kara Antonucci and taking advantage of scoring opportunities. That's when Charley Meier stepped up and Katie Busch directed the draws, allowing the Trevians to gain control of the ball. Meier had a career high 10 draw controls and 3 ground balls.
With the score 5-3, Clare Mulhern forced a turnover and Sophie King was fouled going to goal. King then buried a free position shot with 58 seconds left for her fourth goal of the evening. To start the second half, Meier scored on a free position shot but Ginger Leonardi answered back for Lake Forest to make it 7-4 with 23:02 left. That's when the defense stepped up and Trevs owned the draw circle. King then scored on another free position shot and then Courtney Kaskey fed to King cutting through around the crease to help New Trier pull away and score seven unanswered goals. Great defensive pressure kept the Scouts from coming back. Olivia Tragos, Olivia Zaban, Gaby Malnati all forced turnovers and Sammie Johnson had an interception to end the game.
On attack, King had a big night, as she scored six goals. Claudia Shevitz had four goals. Kaskey had two big assists. Meier also had two goals and Annie Thompson had two nice crease roll goals. Sabrina Rice played very well in goal with five saves. Mulhern was all over the field, forcing three turnovers and getting four ground balls.
New Trier will advance to play Naperville North at 7 pm on Friday at Hinsdale Central in the first IHSA state series.