New Trier gets revenge against Lane, wins regional title

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New Trier 4, Lane 2


Last year, Lane (19-3-2) defeated New Trier 1-0 to win the regional title. The sixth-seed Trevians (12-3-7) got some payback Friday in the same round of the playoffs, opening up a 3-0 lead and holding on for a 4-2 win on their home turf. Thanks to its victory over the third-seed Indians in Northfield, New Trier advanced to play second-seeded Wheeling at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Class 3A Evanston Sectional semifinal.


Following an own goal with 17:12 left in the second half, New Trier’s lead was cut to 3-2. But senior forward Will Belliel took a pass from senior midfielder Jack Cornelo (who also scored two goals) and chipped a shot over the Lane goalie from 25 yards out, giving New Trier a two-goal advantage with 14:50 to go.


In addition to his assist on Belliel’s goal, Cornelo scored on a free kick from just outside the box in the first half and then he made it 2-0 with a goal nine minutes into the second half.


New Trier senior goalkeeper Andrew Gjertsen made eight saves and the two biggest came minutes after Belliel’s goal. The first was a leaping stop of a free kick, and the second was a lunging save of a header off of a free kick.


“The storyline last year was we couldn’t score in the postseason. … That wasn’t the case this year. We found our stride offensively.” — New Trier coach Wes Molyneaux

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