Girls Soccer: Lincoln-Way Central stings Homewood-FlossmoorHomewood-Flossmoor's Sammy Larocca (19) challenges Lincoln-Way Central's Cailyn Harrington (19), at Wednesday's game between Homewood-Flossmoor and Lincoln-Way Central. | Paul James Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 11, 2012 8:53PM
Lincoln-Way Central coach Dan Radz makes an important distinction in regard to his team’s strikers.
“We’ve got finishers, not shooters,” he said.
That was evident Wednesday night, when the Knights finished nearly every opportunity they got in a 3-0 win over host Homewood-Flossmoor in a SouthWest Suburban crossover.
“We had six kids out because they’re sick or injured and we’re still competing,” Radz said. “I feel like any of the 19 kids on my roster, I can put them in and not skip a beat.”
Rachel Post didn’t start for the Knights (7-3) because of a missed practice, but she quickly made her presence felt after entering 13 minutes in. Her cross found Sara Petrone, who finished with a high shot for a 1-0 lead.
Post scored with four minutes left in the half, pounding a long shot off the bottom of the crossbar that came down and — after a debate — was ruled to have crossed the goal line.
“We were doing a great job passing the ball,” Post said. “I was happy that shot went in, but if it didn’t, I knew I’d get another chance soon the way we were passing.”
H-F (4-2) held its own in possession and created some strong chances in the second half, but forced Central keeper Jessica Phillips to make just one save.
Ali Farkos led the H-F offense and nearly scored on a long shot that Phillips was able to punch over the crossbar.
“We’re doing everything but finishing,” H-F coach Charlie Ward said. “We’re getting opportunities, but putting them wide. We out-possessed Andrew (in a 1-0 loss) and Lincoln-Way Central. We’ve just got to keep improving and start finishing.”
Cailyn Harrington scored for the Knights in the final minute.
“It always feels great to get a shutout,” Central defender Lauren Kelly said. “We all work really well together and we see a lot of improvements from the first week.”