Boys Soccer: Three things learned
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 11, 2013 10:08PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:46AM
Plainfield North is for real. Entering the season, the Tigers appeared to be a team on the rise, ready to improve on last season’s 8-10-3 mark. However, North has exceeded even those expectations. The Tigers rolled through the Lemont Cup undefeated, outlasting a talented field to take the title. North should be a serious challenger in the Southwest Prairie this season.
Don’t count out Lincoln-Way Central. The Knights underachieved in the regular season a year ago before making a run to the Class 3A Sweet Sixteen. Losing 11 seniors from that squad, it seemed like a rebuilding year was inevitable. However, Central may reload quickly. The Knights were impressive in a 3-0 season-opening win over Plainfield South. Juniors Tyler Massa and Jacob Lysik lead the Central attack. The Knights get a serious test Thursday, hosting Sandburg.
Morris’ offense will be tough to stop. The Redskins are 4-0 and have scored 21 goals. They rolled through the War on 34 Tournament in Earlville, taking the title with wins over Lisle, Metamora and Rochelle. Salvador Villanueva scored 16 goals last season, and Morris coach David Valdivia said he expects him to double that output this year. Ricardo Del Toro recorded a hat trick against Rochelle.