With just five matches remaining in the regular season for Chicago Christian’s girls’ soccer team, coach Tim Dustin knows the Lady Knights need to play with consistency.
During last Tuesday’s Suburban Christian Conference encounter with Guerin Prep, Christian was able to perform at that level most of the way, including in overtime. That allowed the Lady Knights to pull out a thrilling 3-2 victory.
Even with the score knotted 1-1 at intermission, Dustin commended his athletes.
“The first half was among the best soccer the girls have played thus far this spring,” he said. “The ball movement was outstanding, as many passes were one touch and the opponents were caught chasing the ball.
“With the ball movement, the girls played their positions outstandingly and had multiple chances to score. But they were just off the mark and had to settle for a tie at halftime.”
In the second half, Christian struggled to get footing and Guerin was able to apply some extra pressure. Still, the match extended beyond regulation as the teams were locked in a 2-all standoff.
In the overtime period, the Lady Knights grew aggressive and took the attack to the Lady Gators. Consequently, they secured numerous scoring opportunities and finally cashed in on a goal with just 30 seconds remaining to notch the win.
“We played a good game,” Dustin said. “The season is rapidly wrapping up and we will need to continue to improve and stay consistent with the work effort to gain momentum for the second season that follows.”
Christian has thus far received contributions offensively from Carolyn Richards, Anica Pausma, Kalyli Deckinga, Katie Voss, Megan Wise, Amber Voss, Lauren Kuipers, Therese Walsh and Julie Michaelis.