LOMBARD – Glenbard East sophomore goalkeeper Sierra Dana had to sit through 70 minutes of cold soccer before she even took the field, but she definitely made her mark on the game.
Dana made two saves in the penalty shootout to help the Rams defeat Fenwick Wednesday in Lombard. East won 2-0 in penalty kicks after a scoreless game and advances to the final of the Windy City Classic to be played at Toyota Park Saturday at noon.
Haley Lydon was barely tested and kept the Friars off the board during 60 minutes of scoreless regulation and 10 more goalless minutes in overtime. Then Dana stepped in for the shootout, as was decided before the game.
"I came into the game knowing that I was going to be the one to take PKs if we had to go there," Dana said. "I was just trying to be supportive of my teammates on the field and if my time comes I would be prepared and come in ready knowing I could do it."
Dana stuffed Fenwick's first shot down the middle and dove to her left to make the second save. Brittany Paganucci scored on the Rams' second attempt and Kelly Ravenscraft scored on the next turn. Fenwick hit the crossbar on the third and fourth attempts.
"I've taken a lot of PKs in practice," Dana said. "I don't know if it's so much strategy. It's what I feel in the moment. I can tell some players will go somewhere. I just try to do the best to get in their heads and make them go the way I want them to."
The Rams haven't allowed a goal in the four games to get to the final. Paganucci has three goals and three assists so far.
"We knew that if we play the game that we know we can play that we'd have a chance," East coach Kent Overbey said. "It's all come together. Four shutouts, you can't beat that."