MINOOKA — In the second half Tuesday, the Minooka girls soccer team played neck-and-neck with Southwest Prairie Conference rival Oswego. Unfortunately for the Indians, Oswego had jumped to a 3-0 halftime lead and finished with a 5-1 win.
"We we're more aggressive in the second half," Minooka coach Chris Brolley said. "We made some adjustments with our wingers and who they were picking up. The girls played like they can in the second half, but it's too bad it took us a whole half to get going."
Just five minutes into the game, Oswego's Nikki Anderson broke free from a pack of Minooka defenders and scored. The Panthers' Trisha Carr made it a 2-0 game with a breakaway goal at the 28:00 mark. With 15:19 remaining until halftime in the constant rain, Oswego's Erin Apolzan blocked a kick by Minooa goalie Rachel Herzberger and turned it into a goal, giving the Panthers the 3-0 lead they took into halftime.
"They got a couple of scrappy type of goals in the first half and all of a sudden we are down 3-0 at the half," Brolley said. "We just said at halftime to put that behind us and go out and play, which is what the girls did."
Early in the second half, Minooka's Jillian Hefleit just missed a goal when her shot went off the crossbar. A few minutes later, she found the back of the net and cut the lead to 3-1. The Indians had many more scoring opportunities in the second half than they did in the first, but had a couple of shots sail just over the top of the goal. A foot or so lower on those shots, and the game would have been much different.
"They put us back on our heels a little in the first half," Brolley said. "In the second half, we played much better."