Lyons Township girls soccer coach Bill Lanspeary has a problem any coach would love.

“It’s hard for me to pick any standout players because everybody is playing so well,” Lanspeary said. “Our defense and goalkeeper have been outstanding, our midfielders are controlling play and our forwards are generating a lot of offense.”

The Lions crushed Downers North 3-0, New Trier 2-0 – on goals by Emily Lange and Kelsey Holbert – and nipped Glenbrook South 1-0 on penalty kicks to advance to the finals of the Pepsi Showdown against Loyola on Sunday night at Toyota Park, where things didn’t turn out so well for the LT.

Lyons fell 1-0 to Loyola to finish second in the tournament. Laura Gardner’s goal off a corner kick two minutes and 21 seconds into the game proved the difference for the Ramblers.

“I think nerves, emotion, got the better of us for the first 10-15 minutes,” said Lanspeary of the loss to Loyola. “Once we settled down we played pretty well. Both teams were very tough defensively, and neither team had many scoring opportunities throughout the game.

“That’s the way it goes sometimes,” added Lanspeary. “It was a great experience for our team, a fantastic run through the tournament, and certainly something to build on for the rest of the season.”

The Lions headed into this week with a record of 9-3-1.

-Marty Farmer