Boys’ soccer loses by one against state ranked LT

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TEAM HUDDLE: “The LT game gives us hope because it shows that we can keep up with some of the top teams in the state,” Lesley (12) said.

Gretchen Lucina, Editor-in-Cheif

The DGN boys’ soccer team gave Lyons Township a run for their money September 7. The Trojans ultimately lost 3-2 to the #3 team in state in overtime on a penalty kick. 

Senior Kyle Miller and junior Jack Ryan scored the two goals in the game. Ryan, who scored a penalty kick, reflects on the loss. 

“Even though we didn’t win the game we got to see a little bit of what we are made of,” Ryan said. “We knew LT was ranked very highly in Illinois and that they were going to be hard to beat away from home, so we had to outwork them.”

The teams’ record is 2-5 but Captain Owen Lesley doesn’t think that is an accurate representation of their work. 

“Our record doesn’t sound good but it doesn’t really reflect how our team actually plays. We play with commitment and determination but we’ve also lost in penalty kicks twice,” Lesley said. 

Four of the five games they lost have been by one goal, two of them being penalty kicks. The team is doing alright, but Ryan thinks they will continue to get better throughout the season. 

“Obviously, we didn’t win, but that game was important for us because we now know that we can take on anyone we play. If we outwork teams, the wins will start to come,” Ryan said.

The Trojans kick off their home opener September 14 at 6:30 for senior night at Carsten’s field.