For Keegan Kilrea and the rest of the Lyons girls soccer team, it was hard not to smile after their 4-3 shootout victory over Downers Grove North Saturday night in Countryside.
Not only did the Lions (7-7-1) rally from a pair of two-goal deficits in the second half, but they also went to their third shootout of the week. Unlike the previous two losses to Oak Park and York, Kilrea and Co. walked away on top this time on senior night.
“We lost some heartbreakers this week,” said Kilrea, who drilled home the game-winning goal in the shootout.
“There was a lot of the line when I took my shot, but I know speaking for all the seniors that this feels great to come back and win.”
Steph Condon, Emma Havlit and Melissa Wink scored for the Lions in the second half. Kaitlyn Svec had the lone goal in the second half for the Mustangs (8-5).
“We knew it was going to be big week going into the week, and I felt good about our chances in all three games,” Lyons coach Bill Lanspeary said. “The two previous shootout losses were devastating given how well we played and the effort put in by our team on back-to-back days against Oak Park and York.
“So winning in a shootout (Saturday) gave us some redemption, but it was really more about the heart and character that this team showed in coming back from two goals down. I couldn’t be happier for our seniors.”
Bulldogs clinch conference
The Riverside Brookfield soccer team blanked Fenton 2-0 to clinch the Metro Suburban Conference title last week.
Ellie Bergstrom scored a goal and assisted on a goal to lead the Bulldogs (10-5, 8-1). Goalkeeper Anita Balchunis earned the shutout.
LT boys track takes second
The Lyons Township boys track and field team finished second at the McCarthy Memorial Invitational on Friday.
The Lions’ Sam Kehoe took first in the 3,200-meter run in 9:38.6. Adam Stephens won the 800-meter in 1:57, and Jerry Rigo took first in the shot put with a toss of 54-4.25.
RB volleyball falls
The Riverside Brookfield volleyball team suffered a tough 25-17, 25-23 loss to Hinsdale South on Saturday.
The Bulldogs made a run late in the second game to take a 23-22 lead, but Hinsdale South roared back to close out the win.
RB was led by Pete Jansen’s eight kills. Jon Rus finished with 13 assists. Tony Blatter and Claudio Arba led the defensive effort with five digs apiece.
LT coach retires
Lyons Township boys basketball coach, Conte Stamas, announced his retirement on Monday. Stamas closed out his high school basketball coaching career with an overall record of 248 wins and 133 losses. His record at LT was 156-90, with one trip to the state tournament in 2000-2001.
Stamas said he will continue to teach physical education at Lyons.
Brad Spencer contributed to this report.