BRIDGEVIEW – Glenbard East girls soccer has been tough to score on this season, but Lincoln-Way North didn't need to score from the run of play to beat the Rams.
Brenna Stremlau scored from more than 30 yards out on a lofted free kick to score the only goal of the game for the Phoenix in the final of the Windy City Classic. North won 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park.
"Frankly I think our biggest issue is we're not used to playing on a field this size," Rams' coach Kent Overbey said. "We got the ball outside, we saw a lot of success, but you just get pulled out of shape. We had a hard time adjusting to take our shape again. I thought we did a great job defending them. We gave up one free kick and she made a great shot far post."
Alex Ruffer, Brittany Paganucci and Jordyn Fulton tried to engineer changes for the Rams, but they could not crack the scoresheet in the 60-minute match.
Regardless of the loss, the Rams are still off to a strong 4-1-1 start to the season and earned the trip to play in a professional stadium.
Fenwick 2, Willowbrook 0
In the third place game, Fenwick knocked off Willowbrook with a 2-0 win by scoring a goal in each half.
Willowbrook was pressing for the equalizer in the second half and controlled much of the possession, but the Friars (4-1) put the game away on a counterattack when Colette Jaslowski sent Caitlin Josephs on a breakaway. Josephs converted with just under 18 minutes left in the match.
"I think that it is important for them to experience something like that," Willowbrook coach Victor Marquez said of playing at Toyota Park. "I'm sure they will be talking about it forever. Hopefully next year we can come back again and play in the other game."
Willowbrook is 3-2 after taking fourth in the 32-team tournament.