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Flyer soccer preparing for district tournament


May 04, 2005 - In just a couple of weeks, the District No. 9 girls' soccer tournament will kick off at Lindbergh High School.

In the meantime, Flyer head coach Mark Giesing is searching for consistency.

"Right now, our consistency is an issue that we've got to deal with," Giesing told the Call. "If we're going to contend, we'll need to play 80 minutes of soccer."

The Flyers (9-4, 4-2 Suburban West) struggled last Thursday in a 2-1 loss at Marquette. Giesing said his team also had a hard time dealing with Marqutte's physical style of play.

"They came out very strong and are a very physical and powerful style of team," Giesing said. "We don't match up well against teams that have a physical style of play."

Senior Bridget Holmes gave Lind-bergh its lone goal in the second half. The Flyer forward has four goals and two assists this season.

"We had a very strong discussion during halftime about people stepping it up," Giesing said. "Bridget's goal was a good example of what we talked about at halftime."

The Flyers continued their struggles on Friday, dropping a disappointing 3-0 decision to Nerinx Hall in the CYC Tourna-ment. The game marked Lindbergh's fourth game in five days.

"We wanted to keep that game close," Giesing said. "It was good to get a look at them (Nerinx Hall) because they're a possible district opponent."

Lindbergh plays host to Webster Groves in a non-conference game at 6 p.m. today — Thursday, May 5. Last season the Flyers defeated the Statesmen twice, 5-3 and 2-1.

"I think Webster Groves is another team that's much improved and you can't take them lightly," Giesing said. "It's a game that has implications in the upcoming district meetings."

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