Girls Soccer: Lincoln-Way Central blanks Marist
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media March 22, 2013 11:54PM
Lincoln-Way Central's Sarah Ortman (10) tackles Marist's Nina Kadich (6) during Friday evening's game between Marist and Lincoln-Way Central high schools. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 25, 2013 7:15AM
Lincoln-Way Central was on its heels a bit early Friday night against a Marist squad that came out of the gates attacking and seized momentum.
It took just 61 seconds, though, for the Knights to turn the game upside down.
Brooke Mejdrich and Sara Petrone scored 61 seconds apart for the game’s only goals as Central earned a 2-0 win in New Lenox.
“The first goal energized the team,” Mejdrich said. “We got confidence and we started playing better.”
The Knights (1-0-1) took the lead with 23:38 to go in the first half when Petrone flicked a long, diagonal pass that Mejdrich was able to run down, beating Marist goalie Amy Kruse (2 saves) to the ball.
With Kruse out of the net, Mejdrich didn’t miss. It was the sophomore’s first high school goal.
“It was a great flick by Sara,” Mejdrich said. “I was surprised the goalie came out. I just went with my instincts and took the shot.”
With an assist already in hand, Petrone added a goal moments later, finishing a long Paige Proctor pass from the defensive backfield.
“Getting that second goal that fast put us through the roof,” Petrone said. “It definitely shook Marist.”
The RedHawks (0-1), with Claire Oosterbaan and Kara Bock leading the offense, created some strong chances of their own, but most of their shots were off target.
Twenty-three minutes into the game, Oosterbaan split two defenders, but was denied on a diving save by Jessica Phillips.
In the second half, Oosterbaan was taken down in the box and earned a penalty kick, but shot wide.
Proctor, Sarah Ortman, Maddie Stephens and Meghan Killinger led the defensive effort for the Knights.
“Our ‘D’ should be good,” Central coach Dan Radz said. “We have a lot of girls back, and Paige is a great leader back there. Offensively, we caught them flat-footed with a couple of backside balls. We worked on that, and we played it well twice.”