High school girls soccer: Cary-Grove, Jacobs advance to face each other in IHSA Class 3A regional final

ALGONQUIN — Cary-Grove and Jacobs battled through a tough Fox Valley Conference game earlier this season, with the Trojans winning 3-0 after adding two goals in the final two minutes. 

After wins Wednesday, the two are in for a rematch. This time with a regional title at stake.

C-G and Jacobs both cruised to victories in Wednesday’s IHSA Class 3A Jacobs Regional semifinals. The Trojans beat Grant, 7-0, and the Golden Eagles beat Larkin, 6-2. Jacobs and Cary-Grove will play at 5 p.m. Friday at Jacobs. 

C-G (11-3) kicked off the afternoon by scoring three times in the first half. With a strong wind blowing directly toward one goal, it was imperative to get ahead when the wind was an advantage. 

The Trojans did just that. 

“The first half it definitely helped to have the wind,” forward Teagan Jones said. “You were allowed to play the bigger balls that you weren’t allowed to play in the second half because they were disrupted by the wind.”

Jones scored one goal with an assist from Kelly Stayart. Alex Airhart and Natalie Gallant each scored in the half. 

Even after a slow start to the second half, the Trojans added four more goals. 

“The second half we started out a little rough,” Gallant said. “We were a little messy, and also running towards the wind was difficult.”

Gallant scored another goal and Stayart scored one. Isabelle Robinson and Kelli Ives each added goals late. Cary-Grove goalkeeper Miranda Malone made one save in the shutout victory.

Jacobs (11-7) scored nine minutes into its matchup against Larkin. Karissa Gottardo shot a ball that rebounded off Larkin goalkeeper Hailey Casebeer’s hands. Gottardo sent the rebound into the net. 

It was the first of four goals for the Eagles in the opening half. Maddie Belo scored two, including one on a penalty kick. 

“We all are pretty strong at PKs, but I like to step up and take the challenge,” Belo said. “I like to be the one to take it.”

Kelsey Medina scored the other first-half goal with an assist from Baylee Vincent. 

“We played a strong first half,” Jacobs coach Mike Hanley said. “I would have liked a few more shots on goal, but I think overall we played the game that we wanted to play. We found our wings out wide.”

Cassie Kowalski scored on a penalty kick five minutes into the second half. Larkin picked up two goals before Peyton Adams closed out the scoring with a goal in the final minutes. 

Like the Trojans, Jacobs game-planned a little bit for the windy conditions. 

“I tell my forwards they’ve got to be ready for that mistake,” Hanley said. “You know there could be an opportunity where (the defender) doesn’t play the ball right.”

Even though C-G won the April 27 matchup against Jacobs, 3-0, it had been a 1-0 game most of the way. 

“They’re a very strong team,” Belo said. “We’ve been working on a lot of things, getting back and challenging with their speed. We’re hoping we can put that into our game on Friday because we know they’re strong and aggressive.”


Natalie Gallant

Cary-Grove, Sr., F

Gallant scored two goals for the Trojans in the win over Grant. 


13: Combined goals for Cary-Grove and Jacobs in their regional semifinal victories. The two will square off 5 p.m. Friday at Jacobs.


Jacobs played without one of its starting defenders, Caitlin Kowalski, who was unavailable after suffering a concussion. She is expected to return Friday.

Cary-Grove 7, Grant 0 

Grant 0 0 — 0

Cary-Grove 3 4 — 7

First half

C-G: Airhart, 23:26.

C-G: Jones (Stayart), 12:28.

C-G: Gallant, 8:34.

Second half

C-G: Stayart (Ives), 14:33.

C-G: Gallant, 8:15.

C-G: Robinson, 3:55.

C-G: Ives (Robinson), 2:16.

Goalkeeper saves — Malone (C-G) 1, Werve (Grant) 15.

Jacobs 6, Larkin 2

Larkin 0 2 — 2

Jacobs 4 2 — 6

First half

Jac: Gottardo, 31:44.

Jac: Belo, 15:58.

Jac: Medina (Vincent), 4:38.

Jac: Belo, 2:05.

Second half

Jac: Kowalski, 34:21.

Lar: Baeza, 27:48.

Lar: Reyes, 13:07.

Jac: Adams, 4:30. 

Goalkeeper saves — Pasetes (Jac) 13, Casebeer (Lar) 7. 

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