The Lincoln-Way East boys soccer team has developed a habit that has come to define its season.
The Griffins don't play well on Saturdays, something coach Ryan Decker hopes to get a chance to fix in the playoffs.
"We just don't seem to play our best soccer on that day," Decker said. "We've tried to remedy things. We've brought them early, even late and tried different things. They're just off schedule on Saturday.
"Whether they get up early and play in the mornings or do their own thing and play later, it's a different routine for them. Playing on a Saturday just doesn't fit the personality of the group."
The Griffins finished the regular season with an 11-6-2 overall record and 4-2 mark in the Southwest Suburban Blue Conference. Lincoln-Way East won its first four conference matches, but then lost to Bradley-Bourbonnais and Thornton.
"We had a good (regular) season," Decker said. "We're proud of how we did in conference and had some quality wins."
The steady play of Alan Hernandez and Bryan Dillberg has been one of the factors in Lincoln-Way East's season. Hernandez leads the team with 15 goals and has eight assists, while Dillberg ranks second with 13 goals.
Decker calls Dillberg, Hernandez, Sean Sibley and Conor Hughes the glue of the team.
"Bryan's had a great season for us and Sean is a hard worker and just a team guy," Decker said. "Alan's our emotional leader and Conor anchors the defense and is the brain in the back."
The Griffins opened the Class 3A playoffs in the Lincoln-Way Central Regional against Andrew on Tuesday, with the winner facing either Bloom or Lincoln-Way Central in the regional title game Saturday.
"We're hoping to get another chance to play on a Saturday, and improve on our play," Decker said.