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Flyers defend perch atop soccer standings


April 20, 2005 - Going into Friday's game against Eureka, Lindbergh High girls' soccer coach Mark Giesing knew he was facing one of his toughest games this season.

Lindbergh (6-1, 3-0 Suburban West) showed the Wildcats why they sit atop the Suburban West Conference standings, knocking off Eureka 3-0.

"I think the win against Eureka was a good measure as to where we're at," Gies-ing told the Call. "I feel like we're putting things together and we have some pretty big tests coming up this week."

Those tests include home games against Parkway South on Monday and Oakville on Tuesday — after the Call went to press. The Flyers are slated to play at 6 p.m. today — Thursday, April 21 — at Fox.

Lindbergh's victory over Eureka was a prime example of the Flyers' success this season as they used their bench to the fullest extent.

"Our bench is what really made the difference," Giesing said. "When we go to our bench, we feel like we just don't miss a beat."

Samantha Ullrich celebrated her birthday by kicking the first goal of the game, which also happened to be her first goal of the season.

"She does anything we ask of her," Giesing said. "She's the type of player who really knows how to slot balls through open holes to people."

Lindbergh's Aly Reynolds tallied the team's second and third goals of the game in the second half.

The sophomore forward boasts three goals and two assists this season but had gone scoreless the past several games.

"Aly was due," Giesing said. "She was working very hard and has been close to getting some goals the past few games. She really displayed her repertoire in that game."

After facing Parkway South and Oakville earlier in the week, the Flyers travel to Fox for a Suburban West Conference meeting with the Warriors.

Fox is 2-6 overall with a 1-2 mark in conference play. The Warriors are led by sophomore forward Ashley Narzinski, who's kicked four goals this season.

The Warriors will have their hands full with freshman forward Aimee Ubriaco, who leads the Flyers with 13 goals.

"Fox always does well at home," Giesing said. "When you play them at their place, you never can take them lightly. We like to play a very wide game and they play on a narrow field. That generally works to their advantage."

The Flyers battle the Warriors of Fox at 6 p.m. today — Thursday, April 21.

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