HINSDALE – Alison Cerny has noticed a big change for Hinsdale Central’s girls soccer team recently.
The defense has been solid in every game so far, but now the Red Devils are finding the back of the net more on offense.
“We definitely started out the season a little slow scoring-wise,” Cerny said. “But everyone is working so much better together and we’re getting more comfortable up top [in the attack].
“Everyone has been working to get better.”
Cerny scored the game’s first goal in Tuesday’s 3-1 West Suburban Silver win against Glenbard West.
After notching three consecutive 1-0 wins to start the season, the Red Devils scored 11 goals in their subsequent three games, all games they won.
Prior to defeating West, Central defeated Lane Tech 4-1 and topped Riverside Brookfield 4-0. Thursday’s scheduled game against Plainfield North brought another chance for the offense to shine.
Tuesday’s game was scoreless until late in the second half when Central (6-0 overall, 2-0 in the WSS) found its scoring touch.
“Clearly in the first half we were not playing our best,” Central head coach Michael Smith said.
“At halftime, we told [them] to be patient and realize they have the quality and skill to execute. We’re happy that the second half brought about positive results.”
Danielle Shayani scored to give Central a 2-0 lead. Glenbard West responded moments later with a tally of its own before the Red Devils potted a goal in the final minute to put the game out of reach.
The Hilltoppers’ goal was the first to be scored on the Red Devils in the run of play this season (Lane Tech’s goal came on a penalty kick).
Going nearly six games without allowing a goal speaks to the strength of Central’s defense.
As good as the offense has been recently, the defense has been just as good all season.
“Defensively, our goalies haven’t seen much, which is a tribute to the team defense, not just the back line.” Smith said.
“Early in the season it’s a lot more challenging for the offense to jump out there [at full speed].”
Hinsdale Central 3
Glenbard West 1
• Alison Cerny (assist Jennifer Saviski), 61:20
• Danielle Shayani, 63:52
• Meghan Schick, 79:15