SCHAUMBURG — For Lyons Township girls soccer, the Pepsi Showdown provided games against top competition, but also exposed a few problems the Lions need to work on.
LT entered the tournament undefeated and went 2-2 over the tournament’s four games.
“You figure out where you are,” said coach Bill Lanspeary. “You figure out where you need to work. You see some of the things that other teams are doing to you to expose that. It prepares you and makes you better.”
The Lions lost to Huntley in the second round of the main draw on April 9, a result Lanspeary argued was a harsh result.
“We outplayed them big time in the first half and didn’t capitalize on chances and gave one up on a long ball free kick with 30 seconds to go in the half,” the coach said. “It just changed things a little bit. I thought we were going to come back and still win that one and we gave up one late on a set piece. That one hurt. We thought we should have advanced at that point.”
LT got back on the winning track with a 1-0 win at Hinsdale South on Thursday. Audrey Anfield scored the goal and was assisted by Emily Lange. Surprise sophomore goalkeeper Lidia Breen continued her strong season with her fourth shutout of the season.
The Lions finished on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Loyola, the tournament’s top seed that lost to York in the second round.
Lanspeary has been happy with the team’s defensive play. The Lions had allowed six goals in eight matches before Tuesday’s West Suburban Silver match at Downers Grove North. However, the offensive output hasn’t been as desired, especially through the run of play.
“We’ve got to be more dangerous going forward,” Lanspeary said. “There’s no question about it. I think what we’ve got will carry us a long ways, but we’ve got to get more through the flow of play. Being solid in the back and dangerous on set pieces, that’s pretty good. Our possession is coming along. We’ve still got to figure a lot of things out.”