After defeating Naperville North in the IHSA semi-finals Friday 14-3, New Trier ran into a hot team on their home field, and lost to Hinsdale Central 13-3 Saturday to finish 2nd in the inaugural IHSA state series.
The Trevs finished a tremendous season 20-4, with wins over the defending Michigan state champs Rockford, a thrilling win in their season finale over Hinsdale Central and a dominating win over Glenbrook South for the CSL conference championship. This team embodied a team first attitude and played with tremendous determination and heart.
In the semi-final game against the Huskies, the Trevians jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held Lauren Platou, who scored 96 goals for Naperville and was an All-State selection, to only one goal with tremendous double teams and a nice faceguard by Madison Smith. It wasn't until 1:56 left in the half that the Huskies scored. The Trevs forced seven turnovers, including two by Gaby Malnati and Clare Mulhern to keep the Huskies in check. New Trier led 8-2 at half and then pulled away in the second half, shutting out Naperville North in the last 21 minutes of the game. Lucy Murray finished with a season high 10 points, scoring six goals and having four assists. Courtney Kaskey had four goals and three assists. Claudia Shevitz grabbed four draw controls.
In the state final, Kaskey tied the game against Hinsdale at 21:26 with a beautiful dodge, and then Murray rolled the crease and ripped a low bounce shot past the goalie to give New Trier it's only lead of the game 2-1 with 19:48 left in the half. But the Hinsdale defense stiffened and the Red Devils owned the ball on draws and on the ground, dominating time of possession. The Trevs defense was amazing in the first half, with the score 3-2, Jessica Joy scored with 1:27 left in the half to give momentum to the Hinsdale. The Red Devils dominated the second half controlling possession and scoring four unanswered goals to go up 8-2 before Charley Meier scored on an assist by Murray at 6:47. But that was the only highlight for New Trier, as Hinsdale would control the draw and Joy would immediately answer back to make it 9-3. The Red Devils poured it on at the end, scoring three goals in the final 1:23 for the first IHSA state title. Even though the Trevs played great on defense, they were only able to manage nine shots and controlled only three ground balls, way below their average for the season and not enough against a very strong and determined Hinsdale team. New Trier was only able to get four of 18 draw controls also. The game was a stark contrast to the regular season finale, when New Trier jumped out to a 6-3 lead and then rallied back down 7-6 to defeat the Red Devils 11-9.
New Trier finished the season 20-4 and will remember a great senior class, led by captains Courtney Kaskey, Sophia King and Sophie McGinnis. The Trevs will return several key starters for the 2019 campaign, including All-State selections Meier, Shevitz, Claire Gottreich and Murray.