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Sports

Bolingbrook soccer suffers close loss despite solid defense

It was a familiar story for Bolingbrook’s girls soccer team

BOLINGBROOK — It was a familiar story for Bolingbrook’s girls soccer team.

The defense was stellar, but the offense couldn’t find the back of the net in a 1-0 penalty-kick loss to Lincoln-Way East Monday night.

“We played well but we just didn’t have a lot of finishing chances,” coach Martin Uscila said. “I thought we controlled the game pretty well. Our midfielders did a good job controlling the game, but their goalkeeper only had to make two saves.”

Striker Rachel Schneider went down to a season-ending knee injury earlier this month, and since then the Raiders (9-4-3 overall, 1-1 SouthWest Suburban Blue) had been trying to find the finishing formula. Melissa Verdin, a junior who started the year at midfield, has been playing striker since then.

Complicating things has been a slew of injuries that have affected the depth at Uscila’s disposal. Carolyne Rodriguez suffered a season-ending knee injury, and on Monday, Sophia Sychowski left the game and will miss at least a week.

“One of our strengths was the depth we had,” Uscila said. “We started the season with 18 players and the plan was all 18 would play. Now I’m down to four subs.”

Bolingbrook travels to face Sandburg at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and takes on another SWSB contender when it welcomes Lockport at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. A date with another conference heavy-hitter, Homewood-Flossmoor, awaits. Despite the injuries and the offensive struggles, Uscila expects the Raiders to continue competing.

“We’re running the gauntlet, but I could see us winning all three of those games,” Uscila said. “We’re still playing competitive soccer and doing good things out there. Our defense is really doing well and keeping us in games, we’re just trying to figure it out offensively.”

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