MUNSTER — It’ll be different this time.
At least that’s how Lowell feels about Thursday’s rematch with Northwest Crossroads Conference rival and host Munster in the semifinal round of the Class 3A girls soccer sectional.
“It’s going to be a hard game, but I think if we bring our all we can put up a good fight,” Red Devils junior Svannah Bevineau-Rock said. “I think we have the heart in it now. I think we have a good team and we’re really connected now.”
The Red Devils advanced to the second round with a 6-1 win over Morton in Tuesday’s sectional opener. The Mustangs move on after a 8-0 win over E.C. Central.
“I wanted to try out some subs, see who I could get out on the field,” Lowell coach Scott Baum said. “It’s going to be a tough game (against Munster). It’s definitely going to be a tough game but, pretty much, don’t underestimate us.”
Munster won its regular-season meeting with Lowell 4-0 on Sept. 19. The Mustangs are seeking a third consecutive regional title.
“The girls are focused. They know what they want and they know how it makes them feel (to win),” Munster coach Val Pflum said. “They want to honor that tradition.”
Pflum said the Mustangs always have a goal to make it to the second week in October, when former players can come back while colleges are on fall break.
Lowell (6-7-1) needed some time to score in its match, with Emily Garcia finally finding the nylon in the 22nd minute. That 1-0 score would carry into the break.
Bevineau-Rock added to lead very early in the second half.The junior striker rebounded a Gabrielle Alessia shot that Morton keeper Savannah Czajkowski stopped but couldn’t corral.
Kiana Chandler scored later in the second half and Garcia tallied a second. Bevineau-Rock scored two more to finish with a hat trick.
“I think the way we’re playing as a team right now is really good. We are progressing,” Bevineau-Rock said. “This is a great way to start off our sectionals.”
Kendal Ziel scored the first goal for the Mustangs (11-3-2) in the fourth minute of the nightcap. It was a rebound of Adeline Andello’s shot. Andello got her first goal with a header off Ziel’s cross a few minutes later.
Her second was about five minutes later. Juli Nelson, Olivia Foley and Riley Portone would all score before halftime.
Andello completed the hat trick in the second half. That gives her the school record for a career with 46.
“I feel very accomplished to do this and have my name on the record,” Andello said. “I’m super happy. This whole season, I told myself I had to beat the record.”
The Devils and Mustangs will meet in Thursday’s semifinal, the winner of which will square off against the Lake Central/Crown Point winner in Saturday’s championship.