ETHS girls soccer: Wildkits boot Von Steuben 11-0, advance to regional finals

Nadia Van den Berg has played all over the field since she started playing football for Evanston.

The versatile senior proved on Tuesday that she hasn’t forgotten how to put the ball in goal, despite shifting into a role where she’s more of a facilitator for attacking central midfield.

Van den Berg scored 2 goals – after scoring just 1 goal before Tuesday – and led the Wildkit girls to an 11-0 slaughter against Chicago Von Steuben in the semifinals of the Class 3A regional tournament at Lazier Field.

Evanston, the No. 1 in the New Trier Sectional complex, flashed the Panthers with 4 goals in the first 13 minutes, including 2 each from Van den Berg and top scorer Jocelyn Leigh.

Two more goals from Reserve Sofia Dailey gave the Kits a 10-0 lead at halftime, and the second half was cut to just 20 minutes per Illinois High School rules with one-sided battles.

The Wildkits improved to 17-2-1 overall and face Lincoln Park in Friday’s championship game at 7 p.m. at ETHS. Lincoln Park eliminated Niles West 2-0 in Tuesday’s other semifinal.

Three ETHS players who hadn’t scored all season – senior Shea Ackman, senior Brigid Zoltan and junior Molly Riley – eventually broke away against a Von Steuben defense that was “no pressure” rather than low pressure.

In addition to bursting out 11 goals, the Wildkits were called offside on at least a dozen occasions and Panther goaltender Isabel Martinez was credited with 14 saves in the abridged contest.

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