“We had some good chances in the first half, but we had great chances in the second half. That second goal really was the clincher.”
Guerin had more of the ball in the first half but Northwestern had the best look at goal as a good diagonal pass put Brutus in on the left side of the box for an open shot in the 25th minute. His shot from 16 yards went wide of the near post.
Guerin allowed Northwestern a couple looks in the second half as a Brutus header was handled without trouble by Guerin goalie Tarcisio Trujillo and Olsen got off a snap shot in traffic that looped wide.
Shortly thereafter, Guerin broke through and Northwestern never got another shot on target as the Guerin dominated possesson and pushed the Tiger midfield deep into its defensive area.
“I thought we were so fundamentally sound in that second half, and we just didn’t turn over the ball and didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Cech said.
LaDow had seven saves for Northwestern.
“The guys really played their hearts out,” Wagner said of his team. “It’s a phenomenal group.
“They met my expectations. They played hard. We tried to do what we planned to do and it just wasn’t enough.”
Wagner thanked members of the Tiger football squad for coming out to support the soccer team in the regional final, as the gridders had done in the sectional. It helped make for a big crowd that overflowed the Tipton bleachers.
“I just thought that Northwestern played their hearts out and you hate to see a team have to lose in this kind of game because they played so well,” Cech said.