There is something about playing in the Pepsi Showdown that brings out the best in Lidia Breen.
The Lyons Township High School senior goalkeeper saved all four penalty kicks to lift the second-seeded Lions to a 3-2 shootout victory over Warren in an opening round game Saturday at Olympic Park in Schaumburg.
It was the second time Breen has stopped four penalty kicks in a shootout. She also did it against Libertyville in last year’s Pepsi Showdown.
“There’s not really a formula to saving the penalties,” Breen said. “I guess I just go in there and try to relax because I feel like there’s more pressure on the shooter because no one expects us to save them.”
Warren goalie Liz Carrano stopped one shot and another LTHS attempt hit the crossbar, but Izy Scott and Margaret Lynch converted their kicks as the Lions (4-0-2) won the shootout 2-0. Lynch scored both goals in regulation, with Kristen Janicki and Grace Salvino getting the assists.
In other tournament action, Fenwick edged neighborhood rival Trinity 1-0 in the opening round of the second-tier Gatorade Bracket, a new 34-team competition that allowed the tournament to expand to 66 teams.
Caroline Knight scored two minutes into the second half off an assist from Lauren Stibich and Lexi Rodriguez recorded the shutout for the ninth-seeded Friars (2-3).
“We don’t get to play [Trinity] every single year so it was nice to get to play inside the tournament,” Fenwick coach Robert Watson said. “You can see that a lot of the kids know each other and grew up together on the same club teams, so it’s always fun.”
Fenwick controlled most of the action but backup goalie Kathryn Sugg played well for Trinity (3-3), which will begin playing Fenwick every year when the Friars move from the East Suburban Catholic to the GCAC in 2015-16.
“She kept us in the game, especially in the second half,” Trinity coach Dave Preston said. “She had some quality saves.”
RBHS girls soccer
Riverside-Brookfield is going to struggle to score goals this season, but there is nothing wrong with the Bulldogs’ defense.
Junior goalie Karli Rivera made eight saves, including two on breakaways, and combined with defenders Ivy Marcuci, Meaghan Dorsey, Julia Roedel, Sarah Sanchez and Esther Annoreno to hold Downers Grove North, a Class 3A team, scoreless for 55 minutes on Friday night before the Trojans broke through for two goals in 40 seconds en route to a 3-0 win at Carbajal Field in Cicero.
“I think we did really good and it was one of the games that we went it to knowing that it was going to be a challenge,” Rivera said. “Second half we had a couple of miscommunications but we still put up a good fight against them, and we could tell they were getting a little angry because they didn’t think we would be such a tough fight.”
Ellie Metros scored for Downers North (4-3) with 24:34 left in the second half and Jessica Ridderhoff made it 2-0 just 40 seconds later. Lexi Cittadine scored on a breakaway with 7:09 to go to finish the scoring for the Trojans, who outshot the Bulldogs 18-4.
Despite the constant pressure and blustery winds, Rivera kept RBHS in the game with her outstanding play.
“It was definitely one of my better games,” said Rivera, a second-year starter. “I went into it knowing that it was going to be a challenge.”
The Bulldogs (1-3) have been shut out in all three losses and have had three games postponed by the weather. Allie Kucera and McKenna Powers scored goals in a 2-0 win over Romeoville on April 7.