Girls Soccer: Glenbrook North tops Lockport
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 9, 2013 8:58PM
Lockport's Brynn Feeley (7) moves the ball around Glenbrook North's Katherine Weber (20). | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 9, 2013 10:52PM
Lockport coach Todd Elkei was worried his team might start out a little flat Tuesday.
As it turns out, the start was fine. It was what came after that bothered Elkei.
The host Porters took a quick lead on Mary Licata’s goal, but were outplayed the rest of the way, suffering a 3-1 loss to Glenbrook North in a Pepsi Showdown second-round game.
“It seemed like mentally we weren’t ready,” Elkei said. “Then we scored one and I thought we’d be fine, but as soon as (Glenbrook North) scored once, all the girls’ heads went down. I told them that this was one of two times I can remember in the three years I’ve been here that they didn’t seem to have that fight.”
The loss capped a tough few days for Lockport (4-2-1). Midfielder Taylor Stortz was lost for the season last week because of a leg injury, and fellow midfielder Jessica Liutkus also is out after suffering third-degree burns to her leg in a fire Saturday.
“(Liutkus) was such an emotional leader for us,” Elkei said. “Maybe the girls just tried too hard to win for her.”
Licata scored just over five minutes in on a rebound after Leah Plescia made a strong rush and had her shot saved.
The Spartans (4-1-2) drew even on Montana Paley’s goal with 13:08 left before the break.
The second half was all Glenbrook North. With 30:35 to go, Maggie Washelesky drew a penalty and Rachel Hirshman converted the penalty kick with a low line drive past Lockport goalie Alyssa DeYoung.
Washelesky added a goal on a breakaway with 11:25 left.
“There were a lot of holes in the back of the (Lockport) defense,” Washelesky said. “We just had to keep attacking.”
DeYoung kept the score from becoming lopsided, making five saves, including some gems.