Girls Soccer: Lockport sinks Homewood-Flossmoor
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 25, 2012 11:00PM
Lockport's Lexie Cozzi and Homewood-Flossmoor's Emma Lane battle for the ball.| Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 28, 2012 9:01AM
Lockport never has won a conference title in girls soccer.
But after their second win over a perennial SouthWest Suburban Blue power in three days, the Porters are in great shape to make history.
Lexi Cozzi, who finished with two goals and an assist Wednesday, scored 37 seconds into the match and visiting Lockport never looked back in a 3-1 win over Homewood-Flossmoor.
“The conference title means a lot to us,” Cozzi said. “Hopefully, we can finish it off with a few more wins. It felt so good to get that first goal because once we got that we were able to relax and just play our game.”
Coming off Monday’s overtime win over Sandburg, the Porters (12-3, 3-0) deflated H-F early as Cozzi collected a cross from Cortney Jerzy and scored on a high shot.
The Vikings (8-3-1, 2-1) rebounded well, but had trouble putting shots on target.
Haley Hruska, who was a force all game for H-F, nearly tied it on a header off an Ali Farkos cross, but the ball hit the crossbar.
“We gave up a goal in the first 30 seconds and then played great the rest of the way,” H-F coach Charlie Ward said. “We just haven’t gotten the bounces in our big games so far.”
Lockport got some breathing room with 9:40 left in the match. Cozzi found Julie Divita open on a rush down the middle of the field and Divita finished.
Cozzi added her second goal moments later before H-F broke the shutout on a score from Emily Schroeder.
Lockport coach Todd Elkei, who had a very successful nine-year stint at H-F, returned as a head coach for the first time since leaving for Lockport prior to the 2011 season.
“It was strange, but it was fun,” he said. “It was good to see those kids (on H-F) and it was too bad someone had to lose. I’m glad it wasn’t us, though.”