Coming off an upset win over Glenbard East, the Scouts (3-1-0), continued their ascending trend and handed the Blue Devils of Warren (7-1-0) their first loss of the season in a 1-0 victory.
Warren game into the match with a goal ratio of +30 (the Blue Devils have scored 34 goals in seven games while only conceding a mere 4). The Scouts, on the other hand, have managed to score 5 goals in three games, giving them a +1 goal ratio. Still, Lake Forest came into the contest on a two game winning streak with both wins coming without conceding a goal.
Asking any team to play away on a cool, rainy night is a tall order, but away against an undefeated Warren team? The Scouts had their work cut out for them. It was clear by the early minutes of the match that the Scouts would play the role of the spoiling underdog. Warren demonstrated their offensive dominance and had five scoring opportunities in the first few moments of the game. Luckily, the sound defense, led by seniors Gwen Walker and Morgan Asmussen, kept the early scares under control. In the sixth minute, the tides shifted as the Warren keeper earned herself a red card and a cold seat on the bench. From there–playing with a man down–the Blue Devils had dug their own grave.
Surprisingly, keeping much of the possession after the red card, Warren was able to continue a strong attack in the Scouts backfield. However, the Scouts found their groove and maintained a strict and disciplined shape. It wasn’t until the final ten minutes of the first half when the Scouts took advantage of a blessing of an opportunity. A through ball found the feet of senior Delaney Williams where she took a touch and buried the ball across the goal into the left corner. Warren was stunned as the halftime whistle blew.
Finally, with Warren’s home field advantage conceded, the Scouts were in cruise control. As the second half began not much had changed. Still evenly matched, both teams shared the possession as they battled back and forth. As the night grew on, Warren’s chances of a comeback grew colder. Warren’s best chance at an equalizer came in the middle of the 2nd half as a ripped shot drifted just wide of the left post. Lake Forest continued to keep control of the pace and came close to putting in the final dagger. With the final minutes of the game ticking away, it was clear to everyone that the win was in the hands of Lake Forest. Even without another goal, the Scouts prevailed, winning 1-0 and moving them onto the semifinals of the PepsiCo showdown. Another game, another shutout for the defense. Overall, it was a great night for the Scouts Thursday night in Gurnee.
The Scouts will now play this Saturday at Olympic Park in Schaumburg against Metea Valley.