One game the Fenwick soccer team is looking forward to this week is a showdown with cross-town rival Oak Park.
The Friars will take on the Huskies Saturday as part of the Pepsi Showdown hosted by Oak Park. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Fenwick lost to Andrew 2-0 in the opening round and fell to Stagg by the same count last Thursday. On Saturday, the Friars’ scoreless streak continued with a 1-0 loss to Larkin.
“The game against Fenwick will have a huge impact on our sectional seeding,” said Oak Park head coach Paul Wright. “We’ve had five tough losses and two ties that could have easily gone the other way. Our record does not represent the type of team we can be.”
After knocking off Larkin 2-0 in the opening round of the Pepsi Showdown, Lyons was tripped up by Hersey 2-1 in second-round play on Friday night in Countryside.
“Kelsey Holbert has played well and been a threat nearly every time she touches the ball,” Lyons coach Bill Lanspeary said. “She has been great at setting up other players.
“Katie Nasenbenny has helped us possess the ball and been a key to our attack. Then there’s Emma Havlat, who has played well in the back and kept us organized. Ali Todhunter has been dangerous up top and played quite well throughout the tournament, and Alison Lindeen has done a real nice job defending and attacking from the outside mid position.”
The Lions bounced back on Saturday in the consolation bracket with a 5-0 pounding of Providence.
“We’ve played pretty well so far,” said Lanspeary, who will host Payton in fourth-round action of the Pepsi Showdown on Thursday. “I’m very happy with how our attack is improving and we’ve improved defensively.
“We had a couple of breakdowns in marking against Hersey on corner kicks, and that really cost us. We hoped and thought we could make the Elite Eight of the tournament and then give anyone a good game from there. But those breakdowns hurt us and now we’re hoping to finish 4-1 in the tournament.”