Girls Soccer: WW South’s foward tandem takes down Glenbard East
Updated: May 7, 2012 7:50PM
Glenbard East will have to wait at least one more day to get its school-record 12th victory of the season.
Wheaton Warrenville South forwards Lexi Peterson and Kate Fowee made sure of that. The Big Ten recruits each scored two goals Monday to lead the visiting Tigers to a 4-0 DuPage Valley Conference victory over Glenbard East in Lombard.
Peterson, a Wisconsin recruit, added two assists while the Purdue-bound Fowee had one as WW South (10-6-3, 4-2) snapped Glenbard East’s four-game winning streak with an impressive offensive performance on a muddy grass field seemingly ill-suited to their talents.
“I think we came out and adjusted really well,” said Peterson, whose team plays most of its matches on turf. “They are obviously a really good team and they came out strong, but I think we adjusted well to the conditions and came together and put together some passes.”
Peterson and Fowee scored 79 seconds apart as the Tigers established their dominance early on. Peterson knocked in a Fowee corner kick for the first score with 32:27 left in the first half and then Fowee scored on a breakaway off a lead pass from Peterson.
The Tigers created several breakaways by using pinpoint passing from midfield and Fowee’s speed. Their final goal, which came with 25:23 remaining in the second half, was another example of this, with Peterson again assisting on a Fowee breakaway.
“We usually look for teams that might be [playing] flat in the back because both me and Lex can definitely both run onto a ball and when we do we’re alone,” said Fowee, who has 11 goals and four assists. “If they’re flat in the back we’ll try that a couple times. It’s not necessarily our go-to play…but if it works, it works.”
It worked fine against the Rams (11-7-3, 1-4-1), who gave up more than two goals for only the second time this season.
“They looked very good and on the ball they looked sharp,” Glenbard East coach Kent Overbey said. “For a team that doesn’t play on grass, it sure looked like they were just fine on the grass. It was quick plays over the top and we really haven’t been beat that way this year and they got three of them in the first half.”
The last of those three, which came with 2:50 to go before intermission, was the best goal of the game. The Rams had just cleared a free kick when Tigers freshman Rachel Conrady tracked the ball down on the right wing and sent a long cross into the middle of the box to Peterson, who hammered a 10-yard volley into the lower right corner.
“Rachel hit a perfect ball, so it was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time,” said Peterson, who has 12 goals and 12 assists. “It worked out well.”
Goalie Abby Fuster made three saves and defender Natalie Jensen cleared another ball off the goal line for the Tigers. Veronica Fairbairn was outstanding in making nine saves, including one on a Fowee breakaway, for Glenbard East, which has at least three more chances to break the school victory record.
The Rams travel to West Aurora (12-8-1, 0-5) on Tuesday, host Lyons (12-2-4) on Thursday and will play Downers Grove North (4-10-2) in the first round of the playoffs.
“It would have been nice to do it at home, so we’ll see if we can get that done tomorrow,” Overbey said. “[West Aurora] can attack and as you’ve seen today, we need to take care of the ball a bit better in the back and track players better.”