WHEATON — The Glenbard North girls soccer program has made significant strides over the past year and a half and that continued even in a heartbreaking loss Monday.
Going toe-to-toe with perennially strong Wheaton Warrenville South, the Panthers were forced to walk away with a moral victory after the Tigers scored with 28.6 seconds left in the second overtime to pull out a 2-1 win.
“We had a chance to win the game. There was no shortage of effort,” said Glenbard North coach David Stanfield. “And if we can improve the quality of our passing a little more, we can further increase our chance of winning.”
After a scoreless opening half, the home team cracked the scoreboard with 21:50 left in the match when A.J. Jakuszewski converted a rebound off a corner kick with a volley into the goal.
That appeared like it was going to hold up but with two minutes remaining, Glenbard North’s Alyssa Jones was taken down in the penalty box and Ashley Pogue converted the resulting penalty kick to knot the score at one apiece.
Each team had opportunities in the two overtime sessions before Wheaton Warrenville South caught the Panthers on a counter attack and Caroline Holmes found a wide-open Anna Fank with a cross and the freshman deposited the pass into the right-side of the goal.
Afterward, Wheaton Warrenville South coach Guy Callipari was extremely complimentary of the Panthers.
“Give them a lot of credit,” the Tigers coach said. “They are well-organized, they possessed the ball well and they came at us in transition. They asserted themselves and created scoring opportunities and that’s good. We needed that, we needed to play under pressure.”
The loss dropped Glenbard North’s DuPage Valley Conference record to 2-2-1 and its overall mark to 7-5-2.
“It’s a really interesting DVC, it’s really wide-open,” Stanfield said. “That’s the frustrating thing, we could easily have four wins. But we’ve acquitted ourselves extremely well. It would be nice to finish strong in conference and stay healthy.”
After a match Wednesday against Wheaton North, the Panthers were scheduled to play Willowbrook on Saturday before competing at the West Chicago Invite on April 29 and May 1.