Frank’s goal stands up as Fenwick earns date at Toyota Park
Fenwick's Bridget Hillsman sidesteps Lincoln-Way West defender Meghann Lange. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 25, 2013 10:23PM
NEW LENOX — Fenwick’s Lauren Frank said the Friars’ home field is “so bumpy.” Her and her teammates longed to play on the flat, pristine grass at Toyota Park.
Thanks to Frank’s goal Friday night, they’ll get that chance.
Frank scored off Cali Pyzdrowski’s corner kick for the lone goal as the Friars held off Lincoln-Way West 1-0 in a Windy City Ram Classic semifinal in New Lenox.
“I’m so excited,” Frank said. “I’ve been to Fire games there and I can’t even imagine stepping on that green field and looking up into the stands and everything. It’s going to be so cool.”
Frank got free in the middle of the box and leaped to get a foot on Pyzdrowski’s cross off a corner, tucking her shot inside the left post with 28 minutes, 31 seconds left in the second half.
“That’s our thing,” said Frank, who scored her fourth goal in three games. “Corner kicks are our thing. We had a couple earlier that were so close. We just had to keep it up.”
Jesse Cwik recorded the shutout for Fenwick (3-0), which will meet Bolingbrook in the championship match at noon Sunday at Toyota Park.
After surrendering the goal, the Warriors turned it up a notch and created several late chances.
Cori Brennan had three shots sail just wide, her best opportunity coming off her own steal, as she sprinted down the right side, but saw her shot go awry with just under 16 minutes left.
West also came up empty on a corner kick and a free kick from striking distance late.
“It came down to size in the box,” West coach Jeff Theiss said. “(The Friars) had a lot more size than us and on balls in the air we were at a huge disadvantage. We knew we had to limit corner kicks.”
Kayla Lojas had three saves for the Warriors.
After his team earned a pair of 7-0 wins in the opening two rounds of the tournament, Fenwick coach Robert Watson was happy with how it responded to its first true test of the season.
“I was extremely pleased with how we played against a really good team,” he said.
“We’ve been talking about wanting to play at Toyota Park for years and now we’re there.”