Lions score in final minute to defeat Manteno in Girls Soccer
The Lady Lions soccer team, played their best game of the season as they defeated Manteno 3 - 2, at Manteno.
Sr. Calli Tomko got things started rather quickly as she scored 31 seconds into the game. After having the opening kickoff, the Lions exchanged a few passes and Soph. Alexa Fasone, made two great moves around some defenders before passing the ball to Soph. McKenzie Weaver. McKenzie back passed to a wide open Calli, who took one touch and then launched a 30 yard shot, which went over the keepers hands into the goal.
The Lions controlled much of the pace of the game and had some good chances to add to the lead, but unfortunately our shots went over the goal. Then in the 26th minute, Manteno took a corner kick which was initially defended, however the defense wasn't able to clear the ball and a Manteno forward put a looping shot over Soph Keeper Caitlyn Webber's head to tie up the game.
5 minutes later, Calli sent a long pass up the right side of the field and Jr. Midfield, Josie Brenigar out raced her Manteno counterpart to the ball. She sent a strong centering pass to the middle and McKenzie was able to get her foot on it but the Manteno keeper blocked the ball from going in. She blocked the ball straight to Alexa who sent it back into the goal.
With time running out in the half, Manteno picked up their pace and had some good plays in the Lisle defensive end. Their central midfielder picked up a 50/50 ball and took a couple dribbles to get past two Lisle defenders and then ripped a good shot to the upper 90 to tie the game.
The 2nd half was a very exciting with lots of back and forth action on the field. Caitlyn Webber played one of her strongest games in goal, making some aggressive plays around the 18.
It looked like the game was going to go to OT, as the clock was winding down. However in the 79th minute, the Lions had a deep restart after a Manteno foul and the ball was sent to the wide side of the field. Josie, once again centered up the ball to the middle. There was a lot of traffic in front of Manteno's goal and the ball was kicked back and forth between the teams a couple of times. McKenzie managed a shot towards the goal but it bounced off of a defenders leg and Alexa was there to clean it up and push it past the Manteno keeper giving the Lady Lions the 3 - 2 win.
This was a complete team effort as every player put in good effort through out the game. It was our most complete game of the season.
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