The tables have definitely turned in the Evanston-New Trier soccer rivalry.
The Wildkits retained the fire hydrant trophy in the head-to-head series by defeating the Trevians for the third straight season, this time by a 2-0 count, Thursday night at Lazier Field. Two goals by junior defender Brett Lowry knocked New Trier (8-1-3) from the unbeaten ranks while lifting the Kits to 9-1-2 on the year.
With the victory, Evanston bounced back from a 1-1 tie with Glenbrook South that will likely cost the Wildkits any chance to claim the Central Suburban League South division championship outright. By beating the Trevians, ETHS moved to 2-1-1 in league play but still trails New Trier and GBS in the point standings.
Thursday’s win also boosted ETHS back on top in the all-time series with New Trier. The Kits now own an overall mark of 39 wins, 38 losses and 21 ties versus New Trier since the series began.
Lowry, who also spearheaded a stout defensive effort by the home team, tallied on a head ball with 34 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the first half on a corner kick from Cobi Ortega, then registered an insurance goal when he pushed forward and found the back of the net again in the 48th minute. Aaron Stone earned the assist on Lowry’s second goal.
“We’ve beaten them three years in a row, and I think it’s just because now we have higher quality players coming through our program than before,” said Stone, a senior midfielder. “We’re just a better team now.”
“That’s a great win for us against a very strong team,” said Evanston coach Franz Calixte. “They’re a dangerous and disciplined team. But I really liked how composed we were on defense tonight. We’ve been pretty successful at home this year. Brett Lowry did a great job for us on offense and on defense. He had a charley horse in the last couple of minutes against Glenbrook South (Tuesday) and we weren’t even sure if he’d be able to play tonight. He really came through for us tonight.”