HINSDALE – Lyons Township had been salivating at the opportunity to get another shot at Hinsdale Central.
The Red Devils beat LT on penalty kicks on April 30 in a game that decided the West Suburban Silver title. Round two between the rivals came in a sectional final on Friday at Central.
Two early goals from Red Devil senior Casey May prevented any LT revenge. Central beat the Lions 3-1 to advance to Tuesday’s supersectional against Sandburg at Lewis University.
May scored 38 seconds into the match by getting on the end of a long ball and burying her shot. She added another in the 13th minute with a first-touch shot just inside the penalty box.
It was the second year in a row the top-seeded Red Devils (16-3-3) knocked out the No. 2 seed Lions (16-5-2) from the playoffs. The rivalry drew a crowd that nearly filled the home stands at Dickinson Field.
“It’s Hinsdale Central-LT so you throw out this seed, that seed,” said Central coach Michael Smith. “There’s something about that rivalry that’s special. It’s magical. These girls both sides they grow up knowing that rivalry. There were little girls sitting in the stands for Hinsdale Central, for LT that saw it so they’re going to latch onto that rivalry. For years to come it will be one of the best match ups in the west suburbs.”
Catherine King got the Lions within one by scoring a free kick from 27 yards out. She lofted a shot like a golf iron that pinged in high off the far post.
Jenn Jarmy closed out the scoring for Central in the 78th minute by scoring on a counterattack when the Lions had sent everyone forward.
“We got some opportunities that it would have been nice to finish, but not as many good ones as we would have liked,” said LT coach Bill Lanspeary. “I think this team exceeded our expectations. We certainly thought we had a good shot tonight.”