Flyers break even in grueling six-game stretch

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Lindbergh High School girls’ soccer team mustered through the most difficult part of its schedule last week, playing six games in six days.

Despite going 3-3, head coach Mark Giesing was pleased with the Flyers’ efforts, including Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Nerinx Hall (16-3, 3-2 MWAA).

“It’s been a good year,” Giesing said. “We went through a gauntlet of games where we’ve played six games in six days and came out of it with mixed results. But I was really proud of the girls against Nerinx Hall because we continued to battle despite the loss. We were down two goals the first 15 minutes into the game and it looked like we were going to get slaughtered.”

Lindbergh (13-4, 3-3 Suburban West) opened the week with a 3-0 win over Hazelwood Central on April 28. The Flyers defeated Kirkwood 2-0 the next day, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Lafayette on April 30. Lindbergh suffered another setback May 1 in a 3-2 loss to Parkway South, but bounced back on Friday with a 3-2 win over Parkway West.

“West just wouldn’t roll over and play dead,” Giesing said. “They just kept coming back at us.”

Desiree Cain gave Lindbergh a 1-0 lead in the first half. Cain has three goals and four assists this season.

“Desiree plays sweeper and comes up for our corner kicks and direct kicks,” Giesing said. “She’s not a super tall kid, but she has a knack for getting up over defenders and was able to make contact with the ball.”

Lindbergh’s second goal also came in the first half when Brittany Casey scored her 16th goal of the season. She leads the Suburban West Conference with 16 goals and four assists.

“Brittany’s becoming one of the top goal scorers in the area,” Giesing said. “Park-way West’s goalie came out aggressively and Brittany was able to tuck the ball right under the goalkeeper’s arm.”

But Alicia Ubriaco gave the Flyers their game-winning goal in the second half with her second goal of the season. Ubriaco has two goals and one assist.

“Alicia had a great blast into the corner of the net,” Giesing said. “The goalkeeper didn’t have a chance at it.”

The Lindbergh Flyers are back in action at 5:30 p.m. today — May 8 — when they play host to Parkway North (10-7, 4-3) for Senior Night.

“This is going to be a special night for us because we graduate seven seniors who’ve been with the team for the last four years,” Giesing said. “Parkway North is always going to battle you and they’ve really stepped up their game this year, so we know they’ll be ready for us.”