The first nine shooters made their penalty kicks.
Riley Glenn made sure the 10th did not.
The Hinsdale Central junior goalie lunged to her right to stop Catherine King’s attempt, giving the host Red Devils a thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over rival Lyons on Tuesday at Dickinson Field in Hinsdale.
With the win, Hinsdale Central seizes sole possession of the lead in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division. The Red Devils (9-3-2, 4-0) lead Lyons (9-4-2, 3-1) and York (10-3-2, 3-1) by a game with two league matches remaining.
“I knew the situation going into it that if I saved it we would come out with the win,” Glenn said. “Then it was all just saying in my mind, ‘save it, save it.’
Glenn had guessed correctly on two of Lyons’ previous four penalties but come up empty. Against King, she fully extended her body to get both hands on the ball.
“I read it off her foot right away,” Glenn said. “I felt I was more confident on that one than the other four.”
After 100 minutes of regulation and sudden-death overtime failed to produce a winner, Erin Fitzgerald, Emily Lange, Abbie Pasquinelli and Ari Kowalski all scored in the shootout for the Lions.
But all five Hinsdale Central shooters – Lily Chetosky, Casey May, Katie Camden, Kaitlyn Livingston and Meghan Schick – also found the mark, with Schick’s kick putting the Red Devils ahead to stay and making up for missing a penalty during a 3-2 shootout win over Waubonsie Valley on April 20.
“I had to redeem myself for the Waubonsie game,” Schick said. “I went first and missed and I was really, really mad at myself. I went last this time, so I was mentally preparing myself because sometimes you think too much about it.”
Ironically, both King and Schick played vital roles in the two goals scored during regulation.
It was King’s 50-yard free kick that bounced over Glenn’s head and caromed off the crossbar, allowing freshman Grace Salvino to score on the rebound and give Lyons a 1-0 lead with 23:13 left in the first half.
“I definitely should have been more decisive on that one,” Glenn said. “My backs did a really good job of keeping that line there all game. I knew I had to redeem myself somehow.”
The visitors were energized by the goal and pressed to extend the lead. The Lions had a few chances to do so but two free kicks from Erin Fitzgerald missed.
Then Schick got the equalizer for Hinsdale on another unusual play. May was dumped in the Lyons penalty area and the Lions were whistled for obstruction, resulting in an indirect kick about 12 yards out.
Junior Kirsten Kozarits tapped the ball to Schick, who blasted a shot past the wall and into the upper right corner of the net with 10:43 to go in the half.
”For both teams, it was a battle royale,” Hinsdale Central coach Michael Smith said. “It was one of those things where both teams took those heavy punches in the beginning but stayed with it.
The Red Devils did not muster a shot for the final 63 minutes, while the Lions had two in the second half and four in the two overtimes. Glenn made two saves, including one on King’s head-high bullet of a free kick from 38 yards out in the first extra session.
“She’s become a star for our team,” Smith said of Glenn. “Could she have done better [on the Lyons goal]? Maybe, but when we needed her to step up, she did.”
The two sides could meet again on the same field in the Hinsdale Central Sectional title match on May 24.
“They play hard and today they made us play in a style that is not the way we like to play,” Lyons coach Bill Lanspeary said. “They do a very good job defensively and they force into some things that are uncharacteristic of us.
“We had a hard time finding space out there and that’s a credit to them. They’re disciplined defensively and get back nicely, so we had a hard time finding space and when we did, especially in counterattacks, we had some chances going forward and [were] just one little pass away here or there from really creating some better opportunities.”