MUNDELEIN – Thursday afternoon was the second time that the Crystal Lake Central girls soccer team had been outdoors this spring.
The results were evident as they fell 4-0 to Mundelein in the Tigers' their season opener.
“I didn’t go into this game overly optimistic,” said Tigers head coach Jay Schwarzrock. “This is our second time outdoors and it’s hard to understand size and space of a field when you’re practicing in a gym for weeks.”
Mundelein controlled a majority of the possession, creating many more scoring opportunities.
“Possession is important us,” Mustangs coach Ernie Billittier said. “We know that, once we get into conference play, the speed and pace of the game is going to pick up. If we can maintain possession and create opportunities like we did today, I think we will be pretty successful.”
Mundelein fired 16 shots on goal in the game, forcing 12 saves from Tigers goalkeeper Caitlyn Dayton.
“We don’t have to worry too much with Caitlyn back there,” Schwarzrock said. “Unfortunately, tonight, she didn’t get much help in front of her, but she played outstanding.”
Mundelein led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Cristy Nambo. The goal came with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, and was provided by a beautiful through ball from senior forward Kaila Cancelli.
Cancelli then added two goals of her own in the second half, one of which Nambo assisted. Kelly Grove added the fourth goal for Mundelein, who improved to 2-0 on the season.
This game may have only been the second time outside for the Tigers (0-1), but that didn’t leave room for excuses on effort.
“I didn’t think we showed enough hustle at times,” Schwarzrock said. “It’s one thing to lose a game, and not have a chance to be outside much prior, but losing 50-50 balls and being outhustled is not OK with me.”