It doesn’t make a difference how much a girls soccer team dominates the time of possession or the number of shots on goal it records.
In the end, the only thing that matters is the scoreboard, as Lyons found out Saturday in Countryside.
Despite controlling the match, the Lions were unable to find the back of the net once again during their 1-0 loss to Lincoln-Way Central on Senior Day.
It was the second time in five days that Lyons was unable to get into the scoring column. It also dropped a 1-0 decision to Hinsdale Central last week
“We hit the post and missed a couple easy opportunities,” Lyons coach Alex Hernandez said. “Give [Lincoln-Way Central] credit. They scored, and that’s what matters.”
The Knights (5-4-1) cracked the scoring column early in the first half when junior Cara Freeman capitalized on one of her team’s few opportunities.
“We controlled the game but couldn’t score,” said Lyons’ Courtney Curby. “If we were to play them again, we’re pretty confident about our chances.”
Before the game, Lincoln-Way Central coach Dan Radz decided to change his team’s formation from a 4-4-2 to playing with five defenders in a 5-4-1 formation.
“We practiced the formation for about 25 minutes before the game,” Radz said. “We needed to get some people to work harder, and it worked.”
Hernandez’s squad played without the services of senior Katie Rehor, who was forced to miss the match after picking up two yellow cards during the Lions’ 3-0 victory over Downers Grove North on Thursday.
“Not having her hurt us today,” said Hernandez, whose team will open play in the Naperville Invitation beginning Friday night. “We really missed her out there.”
Lyons (6-2) wore jerseys from the 2001 season in honor of former All-State star Jenna Johnson, who played for the Lions from 1998 to 2001.
Johnson died in December while training for the Los Angeles AIDS research marathon.
At halftime, the soccer program observed a minute of silence in honor of Johnson, and presented her family with Jenna’s 2001 jersey in a frame. Lyons also officially announced that a scholarship will be created in her memory.
“(Assistant coach Andy) Newcomb did a great job organizing this,” Hernandez said. “This was a heart-wrenching loss for us and the community, because we wanted to win this one for Jenna. We’ve dedicated this season in her memory, and her family remains in our prayers.”