WESTERN SPRINGS – It was a busy day for Grace Nasenbenny.
The Lyons Township right back takes corner kicks for the Lions, and there were plenty to take in Saturday's regional final against Downers Grove South. LT racked up 14 corners, and two led to goals in the Lions' 3-0 win against the visiting Mustangs.
"We have a lot of tall people who can get on the end of it," Nasenbenny said. "I just try and look for anyone in there and hopefully they can get to it."
Emily Lange headed home the first goal of the match in the 31st minute off a Nasenbenny corner.
Then, on Nasenbenny's next corner Izzy Scott was able to get on the end of a loose ball in the box, blocking an attempted clearance into the net.
In the 35th minute Scott finished off a loose ball for her second goal and LT's third in a five-minute span.
Scott plays as a defensive midfielder so she's not usually scoring goals, but took advantage of her chances Saturday.
"I'm usually always defense so this is just right place, right time," Scott said. "It's nice to get a little glory, but my heart is at defense. Two is unimaginable. It's rare for me to even get one."
C.C. Holbert earned LT a penalty kick in the second half after weaving through a number of Mustang defenders and getting fouled in the box. However, Jamie Furio saved Erin Fitzgerald's penalty kick.
DGS' best hope to start a comeback also came from the penalty spot, but Lidia Breen dove to her left to stop Ava Porlier's penalty attempt.
LT (17-3) advances to Tuesday's Downers Grove South sectional semifinal against York, which beat Glenbard East 2-1 on Friday.
For DGS (10-9-3) it marked the end of a season that included a West Suburban Gold title.
"Unfortunately we couldn't keep them at bay in the air," DGS coach Abby Anderson said. "We were down with a lot of injuries. We lost a lot of starters here. We really came together at the end. I'm proud of the girls and proud of the season they played. Because of the injuries we were forced to play a lot of our younger players and that kind of sets the tone for us for next year."