Girls soccer: Four second-half goals push Lake Forest past Lakes

Story Image Lakes' Leah Baker (left) tries to get the ball from Lake Forest's Dani Loeger. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: May 22, 2012 9:49PM



Lake Forest scored four goals in 13 minutes early in the second half to erase a halftime deficit and the Scouts went on to club host Lakes 5-2 on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 2A sectional girls soccer tournament.

The Scouts (16-4-2) will face St. Viator on Friday night for the title and a berth in the tourney’s Round of 8.

The teams played early in the year and St. Viator won 1-0.

Lake Forest dominated play in the first half, against Lakes, but conceded the lone goal when Leah Baker banged home a rebound in the 37th minute on the Eagles’ only chance.

After intermission, the Scouts had a goal 23 seconds in waived off by an offsides call, but the Eagles then were overwhelmed by a sparking display of how to finish an attack.

Kali Polich got the equalizer in the 45th minute, Catherine Traut scored in the 48th and 55th minutes, and Abby Shipp tallied in the 57th minute when Lakes keeper Kara Jones made the save but fell into the net with the ball.

That ended the competitive phase of the contest.

“At halftime, I thought we’d be fine,” said winning coach Ty Stuckslager. “We had to work on some things and we ended up doing them.

“One was attacking the goal and getting crosses. In the first half, we’d get crosses at the near post that were 20 yards wide. In the second, three or four of our goals came from putting the ball near the penalty spot and just attacking the goal.”

On the other side, Lakes (14-10-1) coach Kevin Kullby said his team did its best.

“We hung in there with our game plan, waiting for the moment to counter and make something out of it. We certainly did that in the first half,” he said. “In the second half, they kept pushing us back, pushing us back, and getting us closer to our goal.

“In some ways, getting here (to the sectional) was somewhat of an overachievement,” Kullby added. “We had a lot of new players, including a freshman goalie. Hopefully, this experience will help them in the future.”

Lakes’ other goal came on PK (girl hauled down in the box on a breakaway), and Mikaela Brown banged it home in the 67th minute.

But Lake Forest answered six minutes later when Kelly Murphy scored from in close.

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