LISLE — Lisle’s girls soccer team might think about playing more doubleheaders if the results are going to be like this.
Playing two games in two locations less than four hours apart Saturday, the Lions outscored their opponents 14-2 in a pair of wins that brought their record to 7-3.
Less than 24 hours after a 5-2 road loss to Willows Academy, Lisle started Saturday with a 7-2 win over visiting North Shore Country day. It was the Lions’ second-highest goal total of the season.
“This is pretty much the same team as last year,” said Ashleigh Zurek, who tallied a hat trick in the first game on a right-footed goal, a header and a left-footed goal. “I think we’re really coming together right now.”
Skyler Tomko scored twice, making it six goals for the week. She scored twice in Lisle’s 6-0 win over Plano April 10, which came on the heels of a pair of goal in the Lions’ 2-1 win over Herscher April 9, which itself went a long way to the Lions’ goal of winning the Interstate Eight Conference.
“That game was huge for us,” Lisle coach Paul Kohorn said of the win over Herscher. “I told the girls Tuesday, ‘We can’t win conference but we can lose it,’ and we stepped up and played a strong game in terrible conditions.”
The cold and windy conditions Saturday weren’t much better, but after topping NSCD, Lisle went on to beat Westmont 7-0 as part of the Timothy Christian tournament. Zurek, Tomko, Kelsey Kretman, Sierra Birdsell, Kara Laue and Catherine Smith scored against Westmont. The Lions will play the Sentinels again at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in an Interstate Eight Conference game.
Going 4-1 in five games over the course of five days and scoring a big win over a conference rival is a great boost as Lisle looks ahead to another big conference match next Tuesday at Manteno.
“I definitely think we can win conference. Beating Herscher makes us more confident,” Zurek said. “We’ve never won it and we still have to play Manteno, but hopefully this year is the year for us.”