Girls Soccer: Tinley Park breaks through against Reavis
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 11, 2014 8:14PM
Updated: April 12, 2014 6:53PM
Through nearly 60 minutes of scoreless soccer Friday against Reavis, Tinley Park hit posts and crossbars. The Titans missed just wide and just high.
So when captain Jenna Rivera found herself with a chance, sprinting unmarked down the sideline toward the Reavis goal, she knew she couldn’t miss.
“We practice that play all the time,” Rivera said. “We’ve been doing that same exact drill for an hour straight in practices. I knew I couldn’t miss or my coaches were going to be really mad at me.”
Rivera made the tough-angle shot look easy, scoring on a shot inside the far post.
“It was like, ‘Finally, we got one,’ ” she said.
Rivera added a second goal and the host Titans held on for a 2-0 win in a South Suburban crossover.
The first goal came at the end of a long surge that saw Tinley Park (5-2, 3-0) in the attacking zone for six straight minutes. Rivera had a shot stopped by Reavis goalie Makayla Spielman (6 saves), and the Titans’ Stephanie Nichols — who in the first half fired a laser that went off the post and the crossbar and out — fired a shot off the post again before Rivera ended the frustration.
“It can definitely be tough to not get angry when you have so many chances and don’t score,” Tinley Park coach Michelle Youngberg said. “We just rely on the players to work together and overcome it. Jenna capitalized and put the ball on frame. Her leadership is big for us.”
Rivera made it 2-0 and sealed the victory, poking home a cross from Breda O’Donnell off a corner kick with 5:47 to go.
Alexis Boyer made two saves to record the shutout.
The best chance for Reavis (3-5, 2-2) came in the opening moments of the second half, when Ewelina Kima sent a pass to Alexis Delgado who crossed the ball to Patricia Rzadkosz in the middle of the box. Rzadkosz’s shot was deflected wide.
“Tinley Park is a very good team and they outplayed us,” Reavis coach Phil Basile said. “I feel like we should have matched up much better than we did, though. For us, it’s a matter of which team is going to show up. We’re inconsistent. We were awful (Friday).”