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Glenbard East soccer puts in complete effort in win over Glenbard South

Rams score once in each half to knock off district rival

LOMBARD — Glenbard East girls soccer coach Kent Overbey was looking for a full 80-minute effort out of his team after Naperville North dismantled them on Wednesday.

He got it in the form of a 2-0 win against visiting Glenbard South on Monday in Lombard.

The Rams (6-3-2) received goals from Taylor Hallcox and Jess DeJong.

“We definitely cranked it up,” Overbey said. “We haven’t had a full 80 minute game in a while where we thought we played well. Naperville North last week (a 3-0 loss) was tough for us so we knew this was going to be a big one. It’s a district game. We wanted to come out with a full effort and I thought we did that in the back.”

Junior midfielder Alex Ruffer hit the crossbar with a shot just a few minutes into the match and South’s Nicole Schutte did the same midway through the first half.

Ruffer was in the middle of the action again, winning a 50-50 ball and finding Megan Mrazek, who sent Hallcox free down the left wing with a through ball. Hallcox scored with a wicked curler at the edge of the penalty box in the 25th minute.

Ruffer assisted East’s second goal by sending a short corner to DeJong, who hit a shot inside the far post in the 49th minute.

“Alex Ruffer is tough as nails,” Overbey said. “She stays in there, takes the tackles. She totally, completely controlled the entire game. Both sides of the field, up and down.”

DeJong missed a chance for her second goal by blasting a penalty kick over the bar later in the match.

Freshman forward Brittany Paganucci also showed off her talent with some dazzling ball skills down the wing to torment the Raider defense.

The Raiders (3-6-2) had scoring chances early, but couldn’t convert and eventually the Rams wore them out. South is 2-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference with a big match against Riverside Brookfield on Thursday.

“It’s good for our girls to play against teams that play these harder schedules,” said South coach Glen Eggert. “We’re gambling some Ws and Ls on the lessons that are going to hopefully carry us into the postseason.”

The Rams have three games at the Niles West Tournament throughout the rest of the week.

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