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Bolingbrook soccer breaks even after 6 games in 5 days

Raiders go 2-2-2 during stretch that included three Saturday games.

Bill Ackerman –
Bolingbrook midfielder Caroline Harvey (No. 5) races to the ball against Lincoln-Way West April 4 at home.
Bill Ackerman – Bolingbrook midfielder Caroline Harvey (No. 5) races to the ball against Lincoln-Way West April 4 at home.

BOLINGBROOK — The old adage reads that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Bolingbrook’s girls soccer team could probably bench press a Greyhound bus after last week.

The Raiders played six games in five days, culminating in a triple-header Saturday at the Moline tournament.

After topping Thornwood Friday night, the Raiders got on the bus and headed to the Quad Cities.

“We were under-manned and arrived in Moline at 11 p.m. the night before the tournament started,” coach Martin Uscila said.

The Raiders were under-manned Saturday because Northwestern recruit Nikia Smith and six other juniors stayed behind for ACT testing. Bolingbrook played the tourney with just 13 players.

Bolingbrook started the tournament with a 6-0 win over Rock Island and was tied 0-0 at halftime of the second against Untied Township, but by that time, Uscila said the thin roster was starting to wear down.

“By the second game you could see that our legs were starting to get tired,” he said.

United scored less than 10 minutes into the second half and added another goal later to deal the Raiders a 2-0 loss. A miscue along Bolingbrook’s back line led to the first goal, and a missed hand ball call on United led to the second goal, Uscila said.

“We actually played great and had plenty of scoring chances, but we just could not find the back of the net,” Uscila said.

Down 2-1 at halftime of the third game against Centennial, Uscila kept his halftime speech short and sweet.

“My speech was simple: ‘What other choice do we have? If you have to sprint 100 yards 100 more times, then what choice do we have?’” Uscila said. “They came out and were amazing.”

After peppering the Centennial goal throughout the second half, Bolingbrook leveled the score with 10 minutes left in the game and salvaged a 2-2 tie at the end of a marathon week in which it went 2-2-2. The Raiders improved to 8-3-3 on the year after a 3-0 win over Joliet Central Monday.

The Raiders started the week with a 1-1 tie against Willowbrook April 9, then fell to Bradley 2-1 on April 11. A 6-0 win over host Thornwood Friday night led them into Saturday’s Moline tournament.

The Raiders return home to play Lincoln-Way East at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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