New Trier gets revenge against Lane, wins regional title

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New Trier 4, Lane 2

THE SKINNY

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 thethird-seed Indians in Northfield, New Trier advanced to play second-seeded Wheeling at 7 p.m. Tuesday inthe Class 3A Evanston Sectional semifinal.

TURNING POINT

Following an own goal with17:12left in the second half, New Trier’s lead was cutto 3-2. But senior forward Will Belliel took a pass from senior midfielderJackCornelo(who also scored two goals) and chipped a shot over the Lane goalie from 25 yards out, giving New Trier a two-goal advantage with14:50to go.

THE STAR

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

BY THE NUMBERS

New Trier senior goalkeeper Andrew Gjertsen made eight saves andthe 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.

QUOTABLE

“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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