LOMBARD – Glenbard East held its own from the run of play against two-time defending state champion Naperville North, but the Huskies won Monday’s game 2-0 via the set piece.
Abbie Boswell scored less than 90 seconds into the match after a free kick into the penalty box fell at her feet. She cleaned up with a clinical finish.
In the third minute of the second half a similar play resulted in a Allison Svoboda goal off a corner kick.
“Goals on two set pieces, obviously we need to address that,” East coach Kent Overbey said. “I thought we did a great job defensively. They put people under pressure and I thought we dealt with it well. It’s two set pieces. That can be the difference.”
Overbey said Boswell was his player of the year in the state last year and credited Rams’ defender Maria Berrum for keeping her in check other than the set piece breakdown.
The Rams were unable to get on the board against a stingy Huskie defense. By the middle of the second half the snowfall made playing conditions difficult. The ball was leaving a visible trail on the turf as it rolled through the snow.
“It definitely wasn’t our best effort,” Overbey said. “We looked a little soft. We weren’t making our tackles. They frustrated us and obviously [Naperville North coach] Steve [Goletz] has them very well disciplined in the back and that frustrated us up top.”
East defeated West Aurora 3-1 in its DuPage Valley Conference opener on April 8 and followed up with a 2-0 win against District 87 foe Glenbard West on April 10. The Rams now have to bounce back with a week of nonconference action ahead. East will host Addison Trail on Saturday and Romeoville on Monday before heading to a tournament at Niles West for games Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, April 26.
The Rams took a 7-2-1 record into Thursday’s match against Glenbard North, which defeated the Huskies 2-0 earlier this season. In both of those losses, the Rams were shut out.
“We got to capitalize and we didn’t take care of business on the offensive end so even if we hadn’t gotten beat on the set pieces [against Naperville North] it would have been tough anyway,” Overbey said.
Senior midfielder Alex Ruffer had a team-high six goals through Monday’s match. Brittany Paganucci was just behind with five goals and Jordyn Fulton had scored four.