Boys Soccer: Plainfield South won’t back down
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 11, 2013 10:10PM
Lockport's Dan Michalik (4) | File photo
(Records through Sept. 10)
1. Lincoln-Way East (2-2-1)
Last week: 2
2. Plainfield Central (3-0-2)
Last week: 4
3. Lincoln-Way Central (3-1-2)
Last week: 10
4. Morris (4-0)
Last week: 5
5. Plainfield North (5-1-1)
Last week: 9
6. Lockport (3-2)
Last week: NR
7. Lemont (2-3-2)
Last week: 3
8. Minooka (3-3-1)
Last week: 8
9. Lincoln-Way West (3-2-1)
Last week: 1
10. Plainfield South (2-2-1)
Last week: 6
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:46AM
Plainfield South coach Dave Brown makes one thing clear: He enjoys a challenge.
After opening the season with a 3-0 loss to Lincoln-Way Central, the Cougars took on state power Naperville Central two days later, falling 2-0 on Aug. 28.
“We’re here to compete with anyone,” Brown said. “We’re not afraid of anyone. We like to challenge ourselves and see where we are against some of the best teams in the state.”
The early season losses, Brown said, are no reason to panic.
“It’s a long season and we’re going to be OK,” he said. “It all just comes down to us getting on the same page and finding out what’s going to be our go-to asset this year.”
The Cougars (2-2-1) bounced back to roll past Joliet Catholic by a 7-0 count and Providence in a 6-0 romp. They also had a 1-1 draw with Joliet West.
Cesar Bautista (4 goals), Parker Gallt (3 goals) and Michael Decker (4 assists) have led the way.
The Cougars have road challenges Thursday at Bolingbrook and Saturday at Lincoln-Way East as part of pool play in the Lincoln-Way Invitational.
Solid start for Lockport
Lockport advanced to the championship match of the Lemont Cup, advancing out of a pool that also included Lemont, Lincoln-Way West and Plainfield East.
The Porters fell 2-0 to Plainfield North in the title game.
“We’ve had a good start and we usually start slow, so this is a big positive,” Lockport coach Chris Beal said. “We’re trying to develop the way we play. We’re going to be a solid team all year, but I think scoring goals will be our biggest challenge.”
Lockport (3-2) earned a huge 2-1 win over Lemont and also has victories over Minooka and Plainfield East.
The Porters have been shut out in both their losses, falling 1-0 to Lincoln-Way West in addition to the Plainfield North defeat.
Player of the Week
Logan Wright, of Plainfield North, is this week’s Herald-News Boys Soccer Player of the Week.
Wright, a senior forward, has eight goals in seven matches this season.
He scored three times in four Lemont Cup matches, leading the Tigers to the tournament title.