LEMONT – To hear Rick Prangen talk about it, his Lemont soccer team is going down a dangerous path.
Having once again dominated the South Suburban Conference, to the tune of allowing only two goals in their 11 victories, the Indians haven’t been challenged by upper-level competition on a consistent basis.
So even after Lemont (17-3-2) opened up the Class 3A postseason with a 7-0 victory over Rich South to set up a matchup with Evergreen Park in a regional final today, Prangen worries whether his squad will ratchet up its play the deeper it advances in the playoffs.
“It’s hard, it’s definitely a hard road for us in terms of trying to play at a higher level,” he said. “A game like Tuesday, you can see it is in hand in the first 10 minutes. It is hard to motivate and that’s why we’ve been working on competing in practice.”
“We had a sharp practice Monday but [Tuesday] was a bad game for us. It sounds foolish with a 7-0 win, but it was a bad game.”
In his mind, Prangen is comparing his team’s output with some of the top teams they have seen.
“The way I look at it, if we would have played Downers Grove South [on Tuesday], what would have happened?” the coach said. “If we would have played Waubonsie Valley, what would have happened? Well, it wouldn’t have been a good result.
“But we did get by the first game. Hopefully we keep progressing and keep moving on. It’s not about winning things. All I ask if we play our best game the last game of the season.”