Girls Soccer: Downers Grove South coasts past Homewood-Flossmoor

Updated: May 29, 2012 10:53PM

Downers Grove South smothered Homewood-Flossmoor at the start of the Class 3A Benedictine University Supersectional on Tuesday night, pinning the Vikings in their end while scoring twice in the first eight minutes.

A third Downers South goal with 26 minutes, 29 seconds still left in the half prompted one H-F fan to shout “Come on, Red, keep your heads up,’’ but the 3-0 halftime deficit turned into a 6-0 loss for the Vikings (17-6-2).

“We knew they were real aggressive in the air, and they proved it today,’’ H-F coach Charlie Ward said. “We couldn’t contain their size. We couldn’t contain their strength. If the rule was keep the ball on the ground, I think we would have had a chance to win.’’

Ali Farkos, H-F’s All-State midfielder, made a similar assessment of the outcome.

“They were a million times better with the balls in the air,’’ Farkos said. “We could not figure it out to save our lives. If we could have, we would have had a much better game.’’

Downers South’s Rachel Ruggiero, Flo Beshiri and Brittany Dietz netted the first three goals. Sarrah Ludwig scored twice in the first six minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach.

“Being big and physical in the air, you’re going to create opportunities,’’ Ward said. “I think if they continue with that same pace and that same approach, they should have a real good chance of winning state.’’

Downers South (19-5-3) advances to Friday’s state semifinals to face St. Charles North, a 1-0 winner over host Barrington.

A teary-eyed Farkos recalled the Vikings’ successful season, which included getting to the supersectional for the third time in five years.

“No one really thought we were going to go this far,’’ Farkos said. “It was really good to get all the way up here again. It’s sad to see it end, but it was a really great season.’’

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