GIRLS SOCCER

Losselyong leads underdog Spartans into sectional semi-finals

2013-05-21T19:30:00Z 2014-06-27T23:00:24Z Losselyong leads underdog Spartans into sectional semi-finalsDwight Haislet Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 21, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

Marian Catholic's Hailey Losselyong has no illusions about what her role is on the Spartan soccer team.

The junior forward is on the pitch to score goals, and she's been doing plenty of that lately to help the Spartans advance to today's Lincoln-Way West Sectional.

"I'm pretty much a goal scorer," Losselyong said. "I've been getting assists from everybody. The defense has been helping a lot, and a couple of our defenders are even scoring goals."

The Spartans will face Tinley Park at 6:45 p.m. in the second semifinal match.

Marian Catholic will be underdogs going up against the Titans, but Losselyong and her teammates don't mind the tendency of other teams to overlook the Spartans.

"Nobody expects us to be there," Losselyong said. "We just have to play how we've been playing lately. Have everybody healthy and hopefully do our best.

"Nobody wants to be the underdog, but we've taken it and used it for our advantage."

Losselyong recorded a hat trick in Marian Catholic's 4-2 upset win over regional favorite Lincoln-Way West in the 2A Rich East Regional championship match.

Losselyong also scored one goal and added two assists in the Spartans' 3-0 win over Crete-Monee in the regional semifinal.

"All these team that we've been playing," Losselyong said. "They look at our record and think we're terrible, but we come out and play hard, and they don't expect it."

The Spartans have battled injuries all season and their 5-12-3 record shows how much the team has struggled at times.

But now that the team is healthy, MC is finding ways to win and has picked the right time to do it.

"The whole beginning of the season we were losing multiple players," Losselyong said. "So we never really had a full team to play against all these really difficult teams.

"Our flow is better now. We know how each other plays."

Losselyong credits the defense and Spartans' keeper Sarah Sieracki as a big part of the team's success in the playoffs.

"Our player to look for would be our goalie, Sarah Sieracki," Losselyong said. "She's the one that has really helped us get here. Without her, there would be a lot more goals scored on us.

"Our defense has been working wonders back there, keeping us in the game."

Marian Catholic coach Nasser Shanhtaji sees the recent success as a result of the hard work of his players.

"We are not supposed to be still playing," Shanhtaji said. "That shows the girls believe in themselves, and now we're at the semi-finals of sectionals."

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