Storybook season for Lindbergh girls’ soccer team ends with dose of heartbreak

By STEPHEN GLOVER

A storybook season for the Lindbergh High School girls’ soccer team ended with a dose of heartbreak last week when the Flyers fell 1-0 to Francis Howell North in the Class 2 state sectional at the Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton.

The Flyers (18-5, 5-3 Suburban West) had advanced to the May 20 state sectional by winning the Class 2, District 3 championship with a 1-0 victory over Oakville.

“It was unfortunate,” Lindbergh High head coach Mark Giesing said of the loss to Francis Howell North. “I think we had the better first half, but ultimately the game became more of a long-ball game rather than our possession-style play.”

Francis Howell North’s Morgan Boudreau gave the Knights a 1-0 lead in the second half when Brooke Oostendorp recorded the assist on Boudreau’s goal.

Despite the loss, the Lindbergh head coach believes that his players will recognize their accomplishments in a few weeks after they have time to reflect on the season.

“I think that the girls feel good about what they accomplished,” Giesing said.

“But they were hungry for more and I think that they all felt that there was more there. We just failed to capitalize on our opportunities,” he added.

The Lindbergh soccer team loses seven seniors to graduation this year — Jenny Butz, Casey Caldwell, Natalie Fletcher, Sarah Ghidina, Laura Gier, Tristan Stolz and Aimee Ubriaco.

Ubriaco has been selected to play in next month’s St. Louis North–South All-Star game as a member of the South team.

“We lose seven of 22 kids, which is a big loss for us,” the Lindbergh coach said.

“So there’ll be holes to fill in the lineup, but we also feel like we have a lot of quality younger players. I think that we have the ability to compete for a district championship again next year,” Giesing added.