Good team defense propels Lindbergh girls to 10th shutout of 2006 soccer season

By STEPHEN GLOVER

When you ask Coach Mark Giesing about the key to the recent success of his Lindbergh High School girls’ soccer team, he’ll tell you one thing — good team defense.

“We’re playing really good team defense right now,” Giesing told the Call. “Teams are finding it hard to find seams in the defense to attack through. We’re limiting the number of quality chances that teams have inside out box.”

The team defense the Flyers (10-3-3, 3-1-2 Suburban West Conference) have displayed has been nothing less than smothering its opponents as Lindbergh has given up just one goal in the past seven games.

The Flyers recorded their 10th shutout of the season Saturday in a 2-0 win over Althoff in the championship game of the Catholic Youth Council-Joe Carenza Memorial Tournament at the Anheuser-Busch Center.

Lindbergh’s Aimee Ubriaco put the Flyers up 1-0 in the first half on a goal that was assisted by junior forward Aly Reynolds. Ubriaco currently leads the Flyers with 11 goals and eight assists.

“Aimee timed her run perfectly on a ball from Reynolds and just walked right through their defense,” Giesing said. “Once she got the ball on her foot, she was completely open.”

Lindbergh received its second goal in the second half as sophomore forward Casey Caldwell scored an unassisted goal. Caldwell has been on fire lately with three goals in the past four games. She has four goals and one assist for the 2006 season.

“Casey is an unheralded kid on the team that’s quietly had a great week in the tournament,” Giesing said. “She’s a great team player that really knows and understands her role on the team.”

Lindbergh senior goalkeeper Haley Fox recorded her eighth shutout of the season as she made 13 saves in the win over Althoff. Fox is 11-2-3 overall with an impressive 0.49 goals-against average.

“We had some crazy wind out there at Soccer Park, and Haley came through big in some very adverse weather conditions,” Giesing said. “She showed in that game that she really is a great goalie.”

The Flyers are back in action at 6 p.m. today — May 4 — when they travel to Webster Groves for a non-conference game. The game is essential for both teams as they jockey for seeding position in the upcoming District No. 8 tournament.