First, the bad news: the Lyons Township High School girls soccer team finally allowed a goal this season. It happened June 5 in the IHSA Class 3A regional final against visiting Jones College Prep.
The good news? It didn’t have a bearing on the game’s outcome as the Lions remained perfect this season with a 4-1 victory at Bennett Field in Western Springs.
“Our team was a little disappointed, but it really didn’t bother them,” said LTHS coach Bill Lanspeary of the goalless streak ending. “It was a heck of a run for our entire team.”
The Lions (16-0) got off to a fast start, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes as Eleanor Musgrove tallied twice and Jordan Lee-Caracci once.
Jones College Prep scored off of a free kick with about 10 minutes left in the first half, but that was all LTHS would allow for the duration of the contest. The Lions sealed the win late on a goal by Ava Dallavo.
LTHS was set to Downers Grove South in a sectional semifinal matchup on June 8 after the Landmark’s press time, with the winner facing either Benet Academy or Oak Park and River Forest High School for the championship on June 11.
RBHS bows out in regionals
The Riverside-Brookfield High School girls soccer team opened the Class 2A state tournament June 2 with a 2-0 home victory in a regional semifinal against Chicago University High, but then lost in the regional finals to host and top-seeded Wheaton St. Francis 5-0 on June 4.
RBHS finishes with a final record of 6-8-2. However, the Bulldogs will bring back the majority of the roster next year as only five players are graduating.
St. Laurence bounces Naz from tourney
Nazareth Academy’s girls soccer team began the Class 2A postseason with a 7-0 victory over Solorio Academy on June 1, but then fell to visiting St. Laurence in the regional finals on June 4 to finish with a 10-6-3 record.
“That was a tough way to go out,” said Nazareth coach Alex Wilkinson. “We hit the post three or four times. It just wasn’t our day.”
Senior midfielder Adriana Berruti led the Roadrunners with 16 goals and 10 assists, while freshman forward Olivia Austin opened some eyes with 14 goals and 3 assists.
With Austin among eight returning starters for next season, Wilkinson is excited about Nazareth’s future.
“[The St. Laurence] loss gives us fuel for next year,” he said. “We’re hungry.”
Fenwick falls in regional final
The Fenwick girls soccer season came to an end June 5 as Downers Grove South scored a pair of second-half goals to prevail 2-0 for a 3A regional title.
“It’s always disappointing to lose to end the season,” Fenwick coach Craig Blazer said. “But this team accomplished a lot and I’m really proud of them.”
Blazer felt the hallmark win of the year came on June 1 when the Friars upset Hinsdale Central 2-1 (4-3 on penalty kicks) in the regional semifinal.
“For us, that speaks volumes of the quality of competitiveness we had this year,” he said. “We led most of the game, then [Hinsdale Central] scored near the end and we could’ve folded. But we didn’t, and that says a lot.”
Senior forward Julianna Giuffre led Fenwick (8-3-2) with 11 goals for the year, while junior forward Kate Henige added 10. Giuffre is among eight seniors that the Friars lose to graduation.
But Henige, junior goalkeeper Audrey Hinrichs, and junior defender Abbie Rogowski will lead an experienced roster for next season, and Blazer is looking forward to what lies ahead.
“Our future is bright,” he said. “We can’t wait to get going.”