The Glenbard East girls soccer team rebounded from two straight losses to post three straight wins, including Saturday’s impressive 2-0 victory over Bartlett in an Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division battle in Lombard. Sophomore Ali Liljestrand’s first-half goal gave the Rams a 1-0 lead over the visiting Hawks. Junior Dana Plotke supplied a second-half goal. Senior goalkeeper Sierra Dana recorded her 10th shutout of the season for the Rams, who improved to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in Valley Division action. Bartlett’s division record dropped to 2-1. “We knew this would be a tough game,” said Glenbard East coach Kent Overbey. “They [the Hawks] are very physical and dangerous up top. We did a great job of disrupting their offense and holding possession. Overbey noted the effort of sophomore defender Katie Hansen. He said Hansen joined the rest of the team’s defensive unit to do an exceptional job in covering Bartlett’s two forwards. Glenbard East turned in nine straight shutout victories after opening the year with a 1-0 loss to Lincoln-Way East. The Rams’ overall record dropped to 9-3 after losses against Wheaton Warrenville South (on April 14) and Downers Grove North (on April 16) at the PepsiCo Showdown. The Rams began a new winning streak with a 3-1 win at Plainfield Central on April 19. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Glenbard East responded with three second-half goals. Junior Paige Taylor’s goal evened the match at 1-1 with about 30 minutes to play. Sophomore Elizabeth Toledo tallied the go-ahead goal about six minutes later. Senior Brittany Paganucci helped to seal the victory when she scored the Rams’ third goal of the half with under five minutes remaining. The Rams erupted for four goals in each half of Thursday’s 8-1 win over Streamwood in Lombard. Senior Holly Ward, Toledo, junior Alyssa Chiero and senior Brittany Paganucci scored during the first half to lift Glenbard East to a 4-0 halftime lead. The Sabres scored early in the second half to cut the Rams’ lead to 4-1, but Paganucci’s second and third goals of the match boosted the lead to 6-1. Taylor and Toledo each added one goal to close out the second-half scoring. The Rams’ schedule this week includes a Valley Division match at West Chicago, as well as Thursday’s non-conference home match against Willowbrook. Glenbard East will play a non-conference home match versus Glenbard West on Saturday.
Doubleheader win lifts Montini to an 18-3 record
The Montini softball team improved its overall season record to 18-3 following Monday’s sweep of a doubleheader against Trinity. The Broncos won the opening game 9-3. They beat Trinity 15-7 in the second game. Bri Clifton earned the win in the opener. She gave up two earned runs and recorded six strikeouts. Naomi Alonzo was the winning pitcher in the second game. She struck out eight batters and allowed four earned runs over seven innings. Bell Alexander, Amy Bukovsky, Nikki Cuchran, Lauren Latoria and Bri Clifton had multiple hits in the first game. Cuchran drove in four runs. Alyssa Sclafani hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the second game. Montini is currently the No. 2-ranked team in the state in the Class 3A Coaches Association Poll.