Madison Collins scored the game-winning goal with 58 seconds remaining and sent the Evanston girls water polo team to the championship game of the Central Suburban League tournament with a 5-4 victory over Maine East in the semifinals Friday night.
The No. 2 seed Wildkits will meet No. 4 seed Glenbrook North for the title at 10:15 a.m. today. GBN advanced with a 10-3 triumph over top-seeded New Trier in the other semifinal game.
Evanston improved to 19-6 on the season after defeating the Blue Demons for the third time this season. All three games were decided by a single goal.
Maine East led 4-3 at halftime and neither team scored in the third quarter, as Wildkit shooters hit the post at least four times in the period. Collins, who hit the crossbar twice at the start of the fourth quarter, finally broke through and found the back of the net off a pass from her sister, Honore, and knotted the score at 4-4 with 4 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in regulation.
She found the back of the net again in the final minute, and a steal by Aliya Abdelhak helped seal the ETHS win.
Millie Rosen and Karissa McBride scored first quarter goals for the winners, and Abdelhak scored in the second quarter in a “man up” situation. Maine East star Maria Protic netted three goals in the first half — one on a penalty shot — but was held scoreless in the last two periods.
Evanston goalie Olivia Everhart was credited with 13 saves and outdueled East star Isabelle Trier (18 saves).
Source: ETHS Sports Information