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Girls Soccer: Andrew shuts out Providence

Andrew's Lauren Bialas (left) Providence's Kyleigh Maday battle for ball during their soccer game New Lenox Thursday March 14 2013.

Andrew's Lauren Bialas (left) and Providence's Kyleigh Maday battle for the ball during their soccer game in New Lenox Thursday, March 14, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 16, 2013 4:04PM



When Kelly Blyth scored the first goal of Andrew’s season Thursday night, it was a moment she had waited the past 16 months for.

Blyth, a junior who missed the entire 2012 season after tearing an ACL in November 2011, was the beneficiary of a strong run down the left side of the field by Chloe Annerino, who crossed to an open Blyth in the middle of the box.

Blyth finished with a line-drive shot for a 1-0 lead 24 minutes into the match at Providence.

“It was a tough year-and-a-half process to get back and that felt great,” Blyth said. “It was awesome.”

Blyth’s goal was just the beginning of an impressive season debut for the Thunderbolts, who rolled past the Celtics — a sectional finalist last season — 3-0 in New Lenox.

Lauren Bialas and Sydney Gountounas also scored for Andrew.

Thunderbolts coach Loren Zolk had wondered in the preseason how his team would score after the graduation of Katie Truesdale, the school’s all-time leader in goals.

That wasn’t a problem Thursday.

“When you put it out there publicly that you don’t know where your goals are going to come from, that’s a challenge to all of them,” Zolk said. “Things were clicking (Thursday). You hope all games are like that.”

Bialas poked home a rebound after Emma Peele put a free kick of the crossbar for a 2-0 lead 30 minutes in.

Providence goalie Katie Rash (5 saves) kept the Celtics (0-1) afloat, making three strong stops — including a diving save on a Gountounas strike that deflected off a defender — in the first three minutes of the second half.

“I was really happy with Katie,” Providence coach Dan Potempa said. “She’s been playing goalie since her freshman year and she’s gotten leaps and bounds better every year.

“We’ve just got to get out there and play more and start working together as a team.”

Gountounas scored off a Karlie Perkins pass to cap the scoring.



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