Lindbergh girls’ soccer hands two shutouts to Kirkwood, Rockwood Summit last week

By Stephen Glover

For the girls’ soccer team at Lindbergh High School, now couldn’t be a better time for the district playoffs.

The Flyers (12-9-1) have won four of their last five games, in which they recorded two shutouts against Rockwood Summit and Kirkwood last week.

“I certainly think that our last two weeks were definitely upswing weeks for us,” Flyers head coach Mark Giesing told the Call. “We’ve opened the game up a bit more and that certainly has made things a lot more exciting. It’s been paying some dividends for us.”

Those dividends definitely paid off for the Flyers as they handed Kirkwood a 1-0 shutout May 12.

“The Kirkwood game was an important game for us,” Giesing said. “We played real hard and had to play through some injuries. We wanted to go out on a positive note.”

Lindbergh’s lone goal of the game came from junior striker Bridget Holmes in the first half of action with junior defender Amanda Polizzi receiving the assist. Holmes currently is tied for the lead in goals scored with senior midfielder Allie Libby as each has six goals this season.

“She (Holmes) has continued to improve this year,” Giesing said. “Bridget’s been putting forth a lot of energy and is setting the tone as to how we want to produce goals.”

Flyers senior goalkeeper Haley Fox recorded the shutout — her seventh this season. Fox is currently 12-9-1 with a 1.28 goals-against average.

“Haley’s had a really nice season,” Giesing said. “We’ve been very pleased with her play this season.”

Unfortunately, there’s not much time for the Flyers to celebrate their recent accomplishments as they enter the District No. 2 tournament this week.

The tournament is loaded with some of the area’s top teams with Cor Jesu, Mehlville, Nerinx Hall, Notre Dame, Webster Groves along with the host Flyers all participating this week.

Lindbergh was scheduled to open the tournament against Webster Groves past Monday — after the Call went to press.

“Our district has never been an easy district,” Giesing said.

“We’ve got a lot of great soccer in this area and when you get out of this district, you’ve really earned it. If you want to do anything in the state playoffs, you’re going to have to get past these teams at some point in time.”

The championship game of the district tournament is slated for a 6 p.m. start Thursday.