With just five matches remaining in the regular season for Chicago Christian’s girls’ soccer team, coach Tim Dustin knows the Lady Knights need to play with consistency.
During last Tuesday’s Suburban Christian Conference encounter with Guerin Prep, Christian was able to perform at that level most of the way, including in overtime. That allowed the Lady Knights to pull out a thrilling 3-2 victory.
Even with the score knotted 1-1 at intermission, Dustin commended his athletes.
“The first half was among the best soccer the girls have played thus far this spring,” he said. “The ball movement was outstanding, as many passes were one touch and the opponents were caught chasing the ball.
“With the ball movement, the girls played their positions outstandingly and had multiple chances to score. But they were just off the mark and had to settle for a tie at halftime.”
In the second half, Christian struggled to get footing and Guerin was able to apply some extra pressure. Still, the match extended beyond regulation as the teams were locked in a 2-all standoff.
In the overtime period, the Lady Knights grew aggressive and took the attack to the Lady Gators. Consequently, they secured numerous scoring opportunities and finally cashed in on a goal with just 30 seconds remaining to notch the win.
“We played a good game,” Dustin said. “The season is rapidly wrapping up and we will need to continue to improve and stay consistent with the work effort to gain momentum for the second season that follows.”
Christian has thus far received contributions offensively from Carolyn Richards, Anica Pausma, Kalyli Deckinga, Katie Voss, Megan Wise, Amber Voss, Lauren Kuipers, Therese Walsh and Julie Michaelis.
Sandburg won a pair of SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue matches last week, which assured it of its first divisional title since 2011.
The Lady Eagles edged Bolingbrook 2-1 on Tuesday before knocking off District 230 sister school Stagg 3-1 on Wednesday. A goal by freshman Christine Szymanski with six minutes left in regulation pushed Sandburg past the Lady Raiders, who had been locked in a tie with the Lady Eagles at halftime.
Sarah Dewolf delivered Sandburg’s initial marker.
“Despite dark skies in the first half and a constant rain in the second half, both teams put in a great effort,” Lady Eagles coach Desi Vuillaume said. “We played tough defense to earn the victory.”
Stagg jumped ahead of Sandburg 1-0, but the latter rallied with three scores in the final 26:17 to log the triumph and claim the SWSC Blue crown. Sam Milwat, Jennifer Olsen and Szymanski tallied for the Lady Eagles (9-3-1, 5-0).
Allison Stefan accounted for the Lady Chargers’ goal in the 20th minute on a penalty kick. It was awarded after Hannah Yandel was taken down by a Sandburg defender while making a strong move into the box.
Stagg (4-6-2, 2-2) also dropped a 2-1 verdict in Homewood-Flossmoor in another SWSC Blue meeting on Monday.
Hat tricks by Tiffani Kotas and Kelly Evancich carried Shepard (10-4-1, 6-2) to a 7-0 South Suburban Conference Red victory over Oak Lawn last Tuesday. Aubrey Quick had the Lady Astros’ other goal.
Wins over Andrew (22-25, 25-21, 25-17) and Lincoln-Way Central (25-18, 26-24) gave Sandburg a perfect week last week.
Dan Tynski’s 13 kills and Erik Krause’s 16 digs were the main ingredients in the Eagles’ conquest of the Thunderbolts last Tuesday. Leading the way past the Knights on Thursday were Neil Naughton, Kyle Van Stedum and Ian Zalewski.
Naughton and Van Stedum combined for a dozen kills, and the latter also made three blocks for Sandburg (15-7, 3-2). Zalewski dished out 20 assists.
Stagg (10-7, 2-2) scored a 25-23, 25-20 win over Bolingbrook in an SWSC Blue match. Trevor Crain (five kills, five digs), Kamil Krysiak (five kills) and Nick Stanek (13 assists were the Chargers’ main men.
Hussein Al-Rashdan distributed 28 assists and Doug Nelson drilled nine kills to power host Shepard to a 25-16, 18-25, 25-22 win over Lemont in a South Suburban Conference crossover match last Tuesday. Steve Szajek added eight kills and seven blocks for the Astros (7-12, 2-2).
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Shepard dropped an 18-10 decision to Lincoln-Way West last Tuesday despite a team-best four goals from Jerry Zachery.
Notching one score apiece for the Astros were Lucas Souza, Andrew Choragwicki, Sanders Yu, Patrick Muhne, Zach Sierzega and Alec Kleczkowski.
Zack Amendola’s hat trick guided Stagg to a 13-4 triumph over Shepard last Monday. The Chargers, however, were unable to defeat Sandburg in an SWSC Blue match on Thursday. There, the Eagles prevailed 11-9.
Leading the way for Sandburg was Mitch Zeiler, who registered six goals. Mitch Winkelmann was credited with four assists.
Chicago Christian slipped past Sandburg 3-2 last Monday, but neither squad enjoyed success later in the week. The Knights got blanked 5-0 by Wheaton-St. Francis in a Suburban Christian Conference encounter on Tuesday, while the Eagles fell short of Andrew by a 4-3 count on Wednesday.
A bright spot for Sandburg versus the Thunderbolts was Jonluke Passett’s win at No. 1 singles.
Shepard totaled 25 points to place fifth at the Brother Rice Invitational, which was won by St. Ignatius (76 points).
Second-place performances from Grace Foley in the 3,200-meter run (11 minutes, 37.36 seconds) and Rayphina Foma’i in the shot put (36 feet, 7 inches) guided the Lady Eagles (58 points) to fifth place in the 12-school Palatine Invitational on Saturday.
The host school finished first with 160 points.
Sandburg co-op lost a 13-9 decision to Nazareth Academy on Thursday. Grainne Kelly’s four goals led the visiting Lady Eagles (1-8).
Shepard went 1-2 last week as it defeated TF North (9-6), but fell to Bolingbrook (9-6) and Bradley-Bourbonnais (15-0).