GIRLS SOCCER: Junior Maggie Brett scored two goals and senior Maggie Avery recorded her 13th shutout of the season Tuesday as the Ramblers earned a 3-0 win over Glenbrook South in the Class 3A sectional semifinals at Glenbrook South.
“We came out strong and executed every part of our game plan,” Loyola coach Scott Ackman said. “The girls played one of the best overall games of the year.”
Second-seeded Loyola (20-1-3) plays top-seeded and last year’s Class 4A runner-up New Trier on Friday in the sectional final. The Ramblers last won a sectional title in 2013.
Brett got the Ramblers on the board early off an assist from Avery. Junior Emily Crisman made it 2-0 in the first half on a penalty kick. Brett added her second goal after intermission off a direct kick by senior Cate Shellenback.
The defense of senior Riley Burns and juniors Lauren Daffada, Kiersten Kerrane, Megan Kurtz and Chrisman helped hold the Titans to four shots on goal.
Ackman said the midfielders — senior Anna Holton, junior Sophie Doerr, junior Sammie Holton, sophomore Vanessa Murray, Shellenback — were instrumental in the win, too.
“They controlled the play and were fantastic,” he said.
Along with Brett, senior Stephanie Ramsay and sophomores Alex Guzzardo and Ellie Zern put pressure on Glenbrook South’s defense, totaling nine shots and four on goal.
“This win was truly a team effort, and I’m very proud of the girls,” Ackman said.
The win was Loyola’s 10th in a row. The Ramblers aren on a 15-game unbeaten streak.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Ramblers advanced to the regional final at Evanston with a 25-22, 25-14 win over Buffalo Grove on Tuesday. The No. 6 seed at the Glenbrook South Sectional, Loyola (25-12) plays No. 3 Deerfield on Friday.
In the win over the Bison, senior Drake Johnson had nine kills and three blocks. Junior Jack Howard totaled 11 kills, while senior Nick Howard finished with four kills and three blocks. Sophomore John Hitt contributed 12 assists, two kills and two blocks. Senior Rees Gray had 14 assists, and senior Matt Wiertel had two kills and six digs. Freshman Ryan Merk finished with seven digs.
Loyola lost to Deerfield 25-11, 25-18 in the championship match at Evanston’s invitational May 12.
BOYS TENNIS: Senior Alan Arocho earned a 3-4 seed at the Class 2A state tournament and squares off against Owesgo freshman Gabriel Sardo on Thursday at Hersey.
In the doubles bracket, senior Andy Paden and junior Jack Livaditis play Glenbrook South’s Jacob Adas and Marc Blekhman on Thursday at Wheeling. Seniors Daly Frost and Tommy Sullivan open against Shepard’s Timothy Kopec and Jakub Zolnik on Thursday at Palatine.