Scoring chances were few and far between for both Lincoln East (4-4) and Lincoln Pius X (5-5) in a 1-0 girls soccer win for the Spartans on a cold, windy night at Aldrich Field in Lincoln.
There were a total of four shots on goal for both squads in the match, but Olivia Munroe was able to capitalize on one of them in the 74th minute.
She turned to her teammates, and pumped both hands in the air, moments after scoring what would be the winning goal of the match.
“I told the girls before this thing started that it would probably be a 1-0 game either way,” East coach Chuck Morgan said. “We knew we could drop one in, it was just a matter of when we would do it.”
Lincoln East had a chance to break the 0-0 tie in the first half as well, as Kisa Omerovic squared up a shot on goal in the 30th minute. But a diving save by Lincoln Pius X goalkeeper Erika Casarin stopped the Spartans' attack, and kept the match tied until later on.
“We were battling for 70th and A Street tonight, and our girls have been going back and forth with theirs for so long,” Thunderbolt coach Steve Anderson said. “The difference was just one touch of the ball here tonight.”
Both coaches said that ball control was the main objective all night, and it was evident in the defensive effort on both sides.
Morgan said that the main difference for Lincoln East, which is on a three-game winning streak, is the fact they are playing much better as a complete unit.
“We decided we just need to have more fun," he said. "That has helped us turn it around, and have more fun with each other. It’s not a me thing, it’s a we thing.”
Lincoln East will take that winning streak against its toughest opponent yet, No. 5 Lincoln Southwest, on Tuesday.