Boys Soccer: Bolingbrook, Plainfield North play to 2-2 tie
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media September 5, 2012 11:22PM
Plainfield North's James Thompson moves away from Bolingbrook's John Lund. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 7, 2012 8:03AM
With only two returning starters from last year’s team, Bolingbrook coach Jamie Clemmons knew there’d be a few bumps in the road early this season.
“We’re learning on the fly,’’ Clemmons said. “(Wednesday) was a huge baby step for us.’’
Bolingbrook rallied for two second-half goals to gain a 2-2 tie Wednesday against visiting Plainfield North. Josue Barbosa scored from about 35 yards out to tie the score with 13 minutes, 54 seconds left to play.
“I felt like we had the momentum, we had the pressure the rest of the game,’’ Clemmons said. “We just couldn’t put that last ball in the net.’’
Plainfield North led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Logan Wright just four minutes into the game. Bolingbrook’s Cristian Gutierrez scored midway through the second half to make it 1-1 before Emmanuel Bofah took a perfect pass up the middle from Garrett Gathman and found the back of the net to give Plainfield North a 2-1 lead.
“We haven’t done well coming back the past couple of years,’’ Clemmons said. “We talked about it. We’ve got to be a little stronger mentally. Sometimes that’s what the key to the game is.’’
Clemmons said Bolingbrook (1-4-1) also got key contributions from forward Kieran Blakemore, who hasn’t seen much time this year, and Kristian Jivkov with some give-and-gos.
Although Plainfield North (3-2-2) opened the scoring, Tigers coach Jim O’Hara didn’t like his team’s start.
“I thought we came out flat, just like we came out (Tuesday),’’ O’Hara said. “We scored first, but they were in control the first half. No matter who you play, and Bolingbrook has a good team, you’ve got to show up.’’
Despite that assessment, a couple of players did earn praise from O’Hara.
“I thought James Thompson played very hard,’’ O’Hara said. “He’s had two pretty solid games in a row. He’s got a strong passion for the game, very good touch.
“Jordan Schure, who is also a sophomore, I thought did very well out there. He’s got a very good touch, does a very good job of holding the ball and feeding players.’’