Three one-goal loses can cause a lot of frustration at times.
But those type of results against quality competition also shows how close the Fenwick boys soccer teams is to getting over the hump and making some noise in the second half of the 2007 season.
“We’re dealing with several key injuries right now,” Fenwick coach Robert Watson said. “But at the same time, we are very happy to be playing in the Pepsi Showdown. It’s giving us a chance to play various teams from around Chicago to see where we stand.”
The Friars, which were seeded No. 16 in the 32-team bracket, opened tourney play with a 1-0 loss to Kelly on Sept. 4.
“I was a bit disappointed with this game,” Watson said. “We may have been caught looking ahead and just played flat. In the end, you have to give credit to Kelly, who played a very good game. They were ready to play.”
Buffalo Grove got the best of Fenwick in the second round, as it walked away with a 2-1 victory over a depleted Friar squad.
“We were missing several key players that had prior commitments with service hours at school,” Watson said. “It was a great experience for us, because Buffalo Grove had a great field and is a very talented team.
“We were very happy we could compete with them without four of our starters. They were well coached, and I think it was an exciting game for the fans to watch. Even though we lost by one goal again, I was very happy about some of the younger players stepping up.”
Fenwick had a number of chances on Saturday at the Lyons Soccer Complex to find the back of the net, but it couldn’t during a 1-0 loss to Streamwood.
“We had several chances to score, but we couldn’t get one in,” Watson said.
Watson’s squad will host Lane Tech at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the fourth game of the five-game tournament. The Indians suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to Mt. Carmel in the first round, before beating Andrew and Oswego in the last two games of the Pepsi Showdown.