CALUMET CITY | Thornton Fractional's Debo Akinsanya wasn't going to give up on this play until the ball was in the back of the net.
Midway through the first half of Thursday's South Suburban Conference matchup with Reavis, Akinsanya drove home a Monica Munoz free kick to score the lone goal of the match and give Thornton Fractional the 1-0 win. Munoz recorded the assist on the goal.
"I knew the play wasn't over until the ball was in the back of the net," Akinsanya said. "I pretty much had to do everything I could do, run as fast as I can, to make sure that ball was where it needed to be: in the back of the net."
Battling a wet and sloppy field, the United (11-2, 5-1) played Reavis to a stalemate the rest of the match. United keeper Hillary Chardere finished the match with six saves and recorded the shutout. Thornton Fractional had plenty of chances to open up their lead, but with the wet conditions, the United struggled to finish their scoring chances.
"It definitely slowed us down," Akinsanya said of the conditions. "We really had to concentrate on what we were doing. Really focus on the game and what we needed to do."
Monica Munoz said the field wasn't in the greatest condition and felt the United could have played a stronger match.
"It was a rough game," Munoz said. "The field wasn't that great today. I don't want to blame the weather, but we could have done better. Other than that, I think we played pretty good."
During her first half free kick that resulted in the goal, Munoz was just trying to get the ball on goal and see what would happen.
"I was just trying to get it on goal," Munoz said. "Of course if I miss, there's the rebound. I was just making sure somebody was ready for the run."
Thornton Fractional coach Alejandro Lagunas was happy with what he saw from his keeper, Chardere, and said she is improving as the season progresses.
"She's been making a lot of saves," Lagunas said of Chardere. "She covers a lot of ground and makes the goal look a lot smaller. We're working with our goalkeepers every day."