The effort and intensity stood out for Lake Zurich's girls soccer team Friday night.
The Bears tallied a first-half goal against powerful New Trier in the cold and wind. But the Trevians recovered and went on to win the nonconference match 3-1.
New Trier had not allowed a goal this season.
"I thought we took it right to them," Lake Zurich coach Michael Castronova said. "The second half, I thought we had more of the chances but just couldn't put them away. (New Trier) was a well-coached team. Most of the game, I thought it was pretty even out there. I thought we could have had 3, 4 goals."
The Bears lost for the first time this season, dropping to 3-1, while the Trevians improved to 6-0.
Lake Zurich's Meaghan Gelinas thought she and her teammates gave it their best shot.
"I thought they were a tough team," the midfielder said. "They're one of the best teams that we've played so far. I'm proud of how the team came together. It was the most shots that we had on goal so far. We played pretty well. If we play them again, we would have a pretty good chance."
Lake Zurich broke through in the 31st minute, as Carolyn Radecki broke down the defense and fired in a shot.
But New Trier tallied back 40 seconds later, as Molly Cahail scored off a cross from Kelly Maday.
The Trevians went up 2-1 in the 38th minute. Maday found the back of the net off a Maddie Mulford cross, putting the visitors up 2-1 at halftime.
The Bears thought they tied the score at the 50-minute mark, but the goal was waved off due to offsides.
New Trier completed the scoring in the 74th minute, when Cahill knocked in her second goal off an assist from Celia Frei.
"We had to move things around a little bit," New Trier coach Jim Burnside said. "(Lake Zurich) runs through the ball hard. We had to do that so we could get a little bit of possession and open up our speed up top.
"We weren't ready for that level of intensity. I know our girls can match that, but they were not ready at all. Give Lake Zurich credit for the way they played. In this weather, it was hard to get things to work together."