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Updated: April 7, 2012 9:57PM
Jenna Baker scored a pair of goals and Sarina Umlauf added a solo tally as visiting Lakes blanked Waukegan 3-0 on Saturday in a non-conference girls soccer match.
Eagles keeper Cara Jones had little work (two saves) as the freshman recorded her second shutout in a row.
Lakes (2-1-1) had 13 shots on frame and had another half-dozen chances that went awry.
“The first two goals were really nice, kind of like you draw it up on the board,” Lakes coach Kevin Kullby said. “We could have had probably three other goals that way, but we didn’t[finish].
“It was tough because of the thick grass, and the different grooves (on Waukegan’s football field) made it difficult to control the ball, and they were just hounding us. It felt like they were playing with 12 players, they were pressuring us so well. That made the game a little more difficult that perhaps it was on paper.”
Baker scored in the 15th minute from Umlauf, who crossed a perfect pass into the box for a one-timer.
Then in the 22nd minute, Baker took a back-pass from her twin sister, Leah who had dribbled to the end line and fired a rocket home.
Umlauf scored right after the second half started.
Waukegan is now 3-6 on the season but has scored just one regulation-time goal in its last six games.
“It’s like the lottery right now ... which team shows up to play,” Waukegan coach Jose Fernandez said. “It’s frustrating because we keep having the same conversations over and over about what we’re not doing right.
“I don’t know if it’s the pressure of knowing we do have the talent to be competitive or something else.”
On Monday, Lakes will play Carmel in a key non-conference matchup, and is at rival Antioch on Tuesday.
“Jenna and Leah Baker, and Katie Mason ... they’re all very experienced players,” Kullby said. “They’ve probably played upward of 70 varsity games and it’s showing.
“Hopefully, they’ll pull up the game of the rest of the team in these games ahead because we’ll need it. Carmel on Monday will be a real test, and then we have to be geared up and ready to play Antioch. No matter what they have or don’t have, they’re always a tough game.”