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Goalies stand tall in Glenbard East win

03/26/2014, 7:13pm CDT
By Steve Millar

Sierra Dana and Haley Lydon kept Fenwick at bay, helping shutout the Friars in the Rams’ 1-0 win in the semifinals of the Windy City Ram Classic. Glenbard East scored twice in penalty kicks to win.

It wasn’t enough for Glenbard East to shut out Fenwick through regulation and overtime Wednesday night. The Friars put up a zero in the penalty-kick shootout as well.


Sierra Dana came off the bench to make two big saves and host Glenbard East won the shootout 2-0 to capture a 1-0 win in a Windy City Ram Classic semifinal.


“Sierra’s a sophomore and she has great reflexes,” Glenbard East coach Kent Overbey said. “We have a lot of trust in her. We knew she was our best opportunity in the shootout.”


Fenwick (3-1) came up empty on all four of its tries in the shootout. Dana made two big saves to deny the Friars’ first two shooters before Brittany Paganuicci got the Rams on the board in the second round, tucking a high shot under the crossbar and in.


After a Fenwick shot off the crossbar, Kelly Ravenscraft scored for Glenbard East for a 2-0 lead. When Fenwick’s Momo Chapa sent a shot off the post, the Rams’ victory was clinched.


“Coming into the game, I knew I’d be in if it got to PKs,” said Dana, who watched teammate Haley Lydon shut out Fenwick in regulation and overtime. “I was just supportive of my teammates and stayed ready.”


Glenbard East (4-0) will meet Lincoln-Way North in Saturday’s championship game at Toyota Park.


The Rams out-possessed Fenwick throughout but could not find the net. Their best chance came in the eighth minute when Taylor Hallcox ripped a laser that was stopped by Fenwick goalie Lexi Rodriguez (two saves).


Fenwick’s only shot on goal came on a free kick from 39 yards out with 45 seconds left in regulation as Lydon handled Rylee Brennan’s strike.


Fenwick, which finished third in Class 2A last year, was coming off three straight 1-0 wins.


“I told the girls that’s 250 minutes of scoreless soccer that we’ve played defensively to open the season,” Fenwick coach Robert Watson said. “We haven’t had one practice outside, we haven’t had any practices with goals. We’re inside with cones. To open the season with 250 minutes of scoreless soccer after that, I’m never happy after a loss, but I’m happy with that.”


For Dana, Saturday will mark a long-awaited return to Toyota Park.


“It’s amazing,” she said. “I played there once with my club team a long time ago. To get to go there with this team and play on a big field, it’s pretty awesome.”

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