MANTENO — After remembering how stressful and tenuous last year’s sectional championship win against Chicago University in a shootout was, Herscher’s girls soccer team was more than ready to avoid going into any extra time during this year’s IHSA Class 1A Manteno Sectional championship. The game featured an Illinois Central Eight Conference battle against a Coal City squad that was looking for its second sectional title ever, let alone two in a row.

With new key additions of freshmen Danica Woods, Gianni Jaime and senior Macey Moore, alongside their top two returners in Katelyn Borschnack and Elise Kukuck, the Tigers managed to take care of business with a 6-2 victory Friday evening to help earn back-to-back sectional championships.

The Tigers improved to 20-2 in the process, as they advanced to next week’s super-sectional, which they host. The Coalers, who earned their third-ever sectional title game appearances after comeback wins against Bishop McNamara in the regional finals and Chicago University in the sectional semis, saw their season end at 12-8-2.

Cody is a sports journalist who's been with the Daily Journal since 2020. He's been a sports reporter since his days at the University of Iowa where he graduated in 2019.

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