CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Central had plenty of chances to score in the first half of Tuesday’s nonconference match against Marian Central but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net on a windy afternoon.
The second half was a different story. The Tigers scored less than three minutes into the half and added a second goal later to come away with a 2-0 win over the Hurricanes. The game was moved from Marian Central to Crystal Lake Central because of field conditions.
After the scoreless first half, sophomore midfielder Emily Basile received a pass in the box and scored on Hurricanes goalkeeper Kirsten Green just 2:33 into the second half to give Crystal Lake Central (1-1) a 1-0 lead. Eighteen minutes later, junior forward Katie Beck fired a shot past Green after making a run through the defense to put an insurance goal on the board.
“I think Katie gave me a great cross into the box, and all I had to do was turn and shoot,” Basile said. “I guess the wind was helping me with that one.”
Beck said there was extra incentive playing the Hurricanes.
“I was pushing the whole game, especially against this team (Marian), since it is one of my personal rivals,” Beck said. “I was really pushing for it and I knew that I was stronger and faster than some of their defensive players. So I had the mindset of just going around them.”
It was one of the few times the Tigers have been able to get outside all year, and Crystal Lake Central coach Jay Schwartzrock said it was good to see his team play well after not having the chance to be outside much lately.
“I was very proud of the girls,” Schwartzrock said. “It was a 180-degree improvement over the last game we played about two weeks ago (a 4-0 loss March 20 at Mundelein). It was good to see the girls have fun out there, put the pressure on them and play for each other and not just themselves.”
It was the season opener for the Hurricanes, who had their first practice outside Monday before playing Tuesday. Hurricanes coach Karl Smith said his team has work to do outdoors after managing one shot on goal.
“It was a big adjustment when we got outside [Monday] and started to knock the ball around on the grass, because the ball didn’t want to roll,” Smith said. “It was difficult, and you could see in the game that they still don’t have their feet. They were having a hard time getting a rhythm.”