Girls soccer: Warren makes Lake Forest earn tieLake Forest Ali Danneker heads the ball vs. Plainfield North in the Pepsi Showdown Semifinals on 4/21/12 | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 24, 2012 9:38PM
Catherine Traut banged home her own rebound in the 74th minute as host Lake Forest salvaged a 1-1 tie with Warren in a key North Suburban Conference Lake Division girls soccer game on Tuesday.
The result makes the Scouts 1-0-2 in the division and 9-3-2 overall. Warren is 1-2-1 and 4-6-3.
Warren’s Kenzie Verheyen scored from Sky Anselm in the 10th minute and the Blue Devils had much the better play in the first half, but couldn’t add to the advantage.
Then, Lake Forest took control, outshooting Warren 9-1 after intermission, although the last-best chance to score was a Warren shot that hit the crossbar in the final minute.
Lake Forest was coming off a great weekend in which it beat state-power Plainfield North in the semifinals of the prestigious Pepsi Showdown on Saturday, and then had a near-miss 1-0 loss in Sunday’s final to mighty Loyola.
“There are no excuses. Coming out after a big ‘high’ on Sunday ... the way they warmed up, you could tell they weren’t ready to play,” said Scouts coach Ty Stuckslager. “We got off to a slow start and they got the one goal.
“Hopefully, we learned that we have to warm up how we want to play. We can’t let Abby Shipp carry us for 15 minutes and then catch up to her pace.”
Shipp was a fireball in the first half, and had two shots that beat Warren keeper Amanda Macuiba, but were cleared off the line by defenders.
On the tying goal, Traut tracked down a through-ball from Lucy Edwards, hit the post with the first shot, and moved the twine on the rebound.
“I think we’ve come together as a team,” Trout said. “We know what balls to look for and what runs people are going to make.
“We know each other’s skills. That helps us know who to look for in different situations.”
Trout knew the Scouts were in trouble during warmups.
“We had a weak warmup and didn’t come out as strong as we usually do,” she said. “We’ve had strong starts of late, and I think we thought it would just happen again.”
On the other bench, Ryan McCabe was glad to forge the road tie.
“We’ve been playing well lately,” he said. “We’re starting to click a little bit. We have some girls coming back off injuries, and we’re finding places for them to fit in.
“It’s kind of frustrating to have the record we have when we’re capable of playing real good soccer.”
Macuiba finished the game with 13 saves, including one on a PK early in the second half.
If they had awards stars of the game, she would have gotten the top honor.