Girls Soccer: Skylar Tomko’s strike lifts Lisle into state semifinals

Story Image St. Edward's Katie Ayello, right, and Lisle's Breann Hutchison, left, watch fight for the ball during their super sectional game at Hinckley-Big Rock High School on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: May 22, 2012 9:16PM

With one “gorgeous” shot by Skylar Tomko, Lisle spoiled St. Edward’s dream of an encore trip to the IHSA Class 1A state semifinals as the Lions pulled off a 1-0 win in Tuesday’s Hinckley-Big Rock Supersectional.

In every statistical category representing offensive domination the Green Wave had the advantage from the opening whistle but with 16:06 left in regulation, Tomko dribbled from the left side of the penalty box toward the middle before launching a 17-yard chip shot that sailed under the crossbar.

“I was trying to keep the defender on my back and get to a point where I could turn and shoot in a fluid motion,” Tomko said in explaining her 18th goal of the season. “I just wanted to get it over the keeper and it definitely felt good leaving my foot.”

“That was just a gorgeous shot,” Lisle coach Paul Kohorn added.

It was also one of only four on frame for the Lions as opposed to St. Edward’s 15 on-target attempts that were part of a 27-7 advantage in overall shots. The Green Wave also had a 7-0 edge for corner kicks.

“For us it’s a real shocker and so tough on our seniors,” said St. Edward coach Tim Brieger, whose squad ends up 19-8-2 and just shy of repeating or exceeding last year’s fourth-place finish. “We hit three posts, the crossbar, just wide on a breakaway. Some days the ball is just not going to go in. It seems like we were in their end (of the field) the whole bloody game, but we just didn’t finish. They got the one that counted.”

Indeed Lisle did, much the same pattern the Lions have done before in being outplayed statistically, but still advancing with a more modest 14-10-2 ledger.

Could this be the “Lull-sle” strategy, lull the opposition into a false sense of security and then strike?

“I wish I could claim I was that smart,” Kohorn said. “We’ve even talked about how the first half we’re just not aggressive enough, then at halftime I get on them and they respond. I give a lot of credit to our defenders; our only senior on the field, Lauren (Prindeville) played incredible along with Sarah (Mogensen) and Christine (Young).”

“This win is just awesome,” Prindeville said while admitting the 2-0 season-opening loss to St. Edward was too far in the past to have had any relevance. “Coach told us there’s no real pressure on us because no one expected us to be here.”

Perhaps it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise since Lisle placed fourth in the 2010 1A finals when keeper Vanessa Roach was only a freshman. Now the school record holder for saves and career shutouts, Roach and her defenders chalked up their eighth clean sheet for 2012.

“This one’s going to be something I’ll remember for a long time,” Roach vowed. “I had a couple I fumbled, but I kept things under control and our defense kept the zero on their side of the scoreboard.”

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