Girls Soccer: Highland Park, Libertyville play to scoreless tie
Libertyville Saturday, 4/14/12 Libertyville's Sam Marsh (8) and Highland Park's Lilly Shannon (9) during the first half of Saturday's game. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 16, 2012 2:50PM
Despite playing to a 0-0 draw in a match with very few genuine scoring opportunities, the Highland Park girls soccer team was largely content with Saturday afternoon’s scoreless tie because of its lopsided loss to Libertyville last season.
“I definitely do think we deserved to win, especially coming into this game from last year,” said Highland Park junior defender Lilly Shannon. “I think Libertyville definitely thought they were going to come out on top because last year we lost 4-0 to them. This is a great step up for us.”
With four-year starter Morgan Bartelstein missing her third consecutive game because of a concussion, Shannon assumed the Highland Park defense’s leadership responsibilities against the Wildcats.
The Giants’ defense, which forced Libertyville to commit myriad offside violations, was flawless Saturday, excluding one golden opportunity.
Libertyville freshman Mia Hollingsworth shot past Highland Park’s backline in the match’s 57th minute and tried to beat Highland Park goalkeeper Grace Quirk with a low shot at close range. The freshman’s attempt ricocheted off Quirk’s shin, however, preserving a result with which Libertyville coach Scott Schinto was not pleased.
“I don’t think we played well enough to win,” Schinto said. “We didn’t get enough shots on the frame. I think we’re better than what we showed, but that’s a credit to Highland Park.”