Girls Soccer: Sandburg gets past Lincoln-Way West
By Steve MIllar For Sun-Times Media April 3, 2013 9:30PM
Lincoln-Way West's Kendall Watson (12) goes for a header against Sandburg's Sarah DeWolf during their soccer game in New Lenox Wednesday, April 3, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 5, 2013 2:59PM
All the momentum that Sandburg built up in the first half Wednesday night quickly was dashed when Lincoln-Way West’s Natalie Tannura scored just before the break to make it a 1-1 game.
For the Eagles, it was a tough blow to be sure, but one they were ready to deal with.
“That’s happened to us a lot already this season,” Sandburg’s Morgan Manzke said. “We’ve gone into halftime tied or down in most of our matches, but we’ve done a good job bouncing back and winning. I think that says a lot about the character of our team.”
Manzke, who assisted on Sandburg’s first goal, scored twice in the second half to lift the Eagles to a 3-1 win in a SouthWest Suburban crossover in New Lenox.
With 15:32 left in the match, Manzke was taken down in the box and earned a penalty kick. She converted on a line-drive shot that West goalie Kayla Lojas (4 saves) got a piece of but couldn’t quite stop, giving the Eagles (4-1) a 2-1 lead.
“We had tired legs and that led to the penalty that changed the complexion of the game,” West coach Jeff Theiss said. “Our fitness was an issue in the second half, so we need to work on that.”
Manzke, a senior captain, put the match away eight minutes later, picking up a loose ball in the middle of the field just outside the box and quickly firing a high shot into the net.
Manzke followed the advice of coach Desi Vuillaume, who often pleads with her to shoot more.
“I was definitely trying to find more shots,” she said. “Right now, everyone is contributing. We’re starting to click offensively.”
Meghan Carmody was another catalyst for the Sandburg offense, setting up several opportunities.
“Meghan doesn’t get the credit she deserves,” Vuillaume said. “She makes a lot of things happen for us.”
Freshman Jen Olsen scored on a rebound off a Manzke shot to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead before Tannura poked in a rebound, after a Cori Brennan shot hit the crossbar, for West (6-2-1).