CARY – The Cary-Grove girls soccer team knew it would need its best effort of the season to knock off Huntley on Thursday night, and that’s what the Trojans got.
C-G held off a late Huntley rally to beat the Red Raiders, 2-1, in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division match.
“Coming into this game, we needed to have a positive attitude,” Trojans midfielder Genna Sobieszczyk said. “We knew we were good enough to play with [Huntley], and we played really well as a team tonight.”
The Trojans (7-6-1 overall, 1-3 FVC Valley) got a big boost from Carli Petersen, who scored on a shot from well outside the box, seven minutes into the match.
“The early goal was huge for us,” coach Ray Krystal said. “A goal that early changes the complexion of the game for both teams, and we were able to maintain the lead for the rest of the game.”
Huntley struggled to find opportunities in the first half, aside from a shot from Alyssa Kaufman that sailed over the top of the goal.
The Trojans capitalized on a mistake by goalkeeper Jessica Galason early in the second half to take a two-goal lead. Galason, who made four saves, bobbled the ball, allowing Sobieszczyk to corral the ball and kick it into an empty goal.
“I just wanted to crash to goal hard because you never know what could happen,” Sobieszczyk said. “It was a lucky goal but one that definitely was big for us.”
It was a huge goal for the Trojans because Huntley’s Beth Parks beat three defenders off the dribble, crossing the ball to Taryn Jakubowski, who finished a left-footed shot to cut the C-G lead in half with 19 minutes left.
Huntley kept the pressure on, seeking the tying goal. With 12 minutes remaining, Kaufman sent a cross into the box, resulting in a chance for Jessica Helm, but it was cleared by C-G.
The Red Raiders (10-5, 1-1) had three corner kicks in the final three minutes, on the last of which they brought up Galason from the back. Huntley was unable to get a shot on C-G goalkeeper Morgan Olsen, who finished with three saves.
Huntley has not won a match this season in which it has allowed a goal.