SCHAUMBURG – Lyons Township entered Saturday's PepsiCo Showdown semifinal against Buffalo Grove having surrendered four goals in its first eight matches.
The Bison scored that many in Saturday's match alone in a battle of undefeated teams. Buffalo Grove won 4-3 after trailing 3-1 in the second half.
The Lions (8-1) struck first via Katie Dougherty 10 minutes into the match. The Bison (14-0) answered about 20 minutes later on a goal from Allie Ingham.
Both Dougherty and Ingham scored again in a wild second half.
First, Kristen Janicki scored from outside the box less than 10 minutes into the second half. Then just a few minutes later Dougherty added her second by cutting back on a defender and scoring with a low shot to the far post.
"To get up 3-1 on that team was unbelievable because they're a fantastic team," LT coach Bill Lanspeary said. "In retrospect you wonder with a 3-1 lead if we didn't take a deep breath and relax a little bit. As soon as we did they were all over us."
The Bison comeback started with about 20 minutes left. Kim Herzog blasted a shot that goalkeeper Lidia Breen got her hands on, but couldn't keep out. Only a few minutes later the match was level when Ingham scored on a killer long shot from about 25 yards out.
Buffalo Grove scored the winner with less than two minutes remaining when Herzog was able to stuff in a low cross by just beating an LT defender to the loose ball.
Despite the loss, LT proved at the tournament that they can play with top teams.
"They played unbelievably well through this tournament, this stretch and really all season long," Lanspeary said. "We're playing some awfully good teams. Glenbrook South [which LT beat 2-1 in the quarterfinal Thursday] is very, very good and Buffalo Grove if they're not the top team, they're right there. We can take away from it that we can play with them. We can play with anybody."