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South St. Louis County News

St. Louis Call Newspapers

South St. Louis County News

St. Louis Call Newspapers

Lindbergh girls’ soccer team looks to rebuild confidence

The Lindbergh High School girls’ soccer team learned a tough lesson last week — when you don’t score goals, you can’t win games.

The Flyers (4-3-1, 1-1 Suburban West) are suffering from a scoring drought that’s developed into a two-game losing streak.

Lindbergh head coach Mark Giesing believes that the key to success for the Flyers is rebuilding their confidence.

“We’re continuing to play really good soccer,” Giesing told the Call. “We have a lack of confidence when shooting, which results in poor quality of shot selection. Even great teams go through times where they just have a hard time scoring.”

On April 10, the Flyers traveled to Eureka, where they gave up a goal to the Wildcats’ Katie Leinert in the first half, which was just enough for Lindbergh to suffer a 1-0 loss.

“We really dominated the game in the second half and just could not put the ball into the back of the net,” Giesing said. “Eureka plays a hard and physically challenging type of defense that I think was an eye opener for us.”

The Flyers traveled to Northwest on April 12, and the scoring drought for Lindbergh continued.

Northwest received a penalty kick for a hand ball in the Lindbergh box. The Lions’ Stasha Siers converted on the penalty kick, which resulted in a 1-0 win for Northwest.

“In the first half, Northwest received a penalty kick on a hand ball and Stasha Siers converted the penalty kick,” Giesing said. “They (Northwest) were then able to tighten down their defense and really pack it in.”

The Flyers hope to contend for the Suburban West Conference championship this season. But the Flyers’ ability to be a contender this season will be decided this week after taking on Parkway South (2-6, 0-3 Suburban West) on Monday and Oakville (7-3-1, 4-0 Suburban West) on Tuesday — after the Call went to press.

The Flyers are slated to play host to Fox (3-3-0, 1-0 Suburban West) at 5:30 p.m. today — April 20.

Fox is coming off a 1-0 loss at Parkway Central, but the Warriors have recently posted wins over Kirkwood (2-1) and Seckman (3-0).

Therefore, Giesing can’t stress how important it is for the Flyers to take their game against the Warriors seriously.

“Fox has got the ability to challenge us, and this is going to be a critical game for us,” Giesing said. “If we want any chance to win the conference, we have to really show up at these games this week.”

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