Boys Soccer: Plainfield North stings Bolingbrook 4-1
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 11, 2013 9:06PM
Updated: September 11, 2013 9:54PM
After Plainfield North’s Austin Hansen scored a brilliant goal Wednesday night — collecting the ball outside the box with his back to the goal and quickly turning and unleashing a perfectly placed shot inside the left post — his coach couldn’t wait to congratulate him.
“I took him out of the game right away because I wanted to give him a hug,” North coach Jim O’Hara said. “It was just a beautiful, beautiful shot. Most of his goals are pure effort, but this was one was pure skill. It was at the perfect time, too.”
Hansen’s goal with 20:37 left in the match came as Bolingbrook was gaining momentum, and effectively put away the Raiders for good, increasing the host Tigers’ lead to 4-1, which ended up as the final.
“I just got the ball, beat the defender and just hit it,” Hansen said. “It was pretty nice seeing it go in.”
Hansen finished with two goals and an assist to lead North (6-1-1), which bounced back from its first loss of the season suffered Tuesday against Glenbard South. Bolingbrook fell to 3-4.
The Tigers clicked on all cylinders early, scoring on all three of their first-half shots on goal. It started when Hansen dribbled into the box and had his pass deflect off a defender and right to Matt Farley, who was left open for an easy goal in the seventh minute.
“There was a deflection and their goalie was too far to the left, so it came to me and I just put it in,” Farley said.
Seven minutes later, Logan Wright chipped a high pass to Farley on the left side of the box, and Farley slipped the ball across the box to an open Hansen, who gave North a 2-0 lead.
Austin Collier scored with 11:11 left in the half to extend the lead to three.
The Raiders didn’t go down without a fight in the second half. With 32:17 to go, Hugo Lopez passed to Gael Terrazas, who found Frimpong Sintim for a goal.
Hansen, though, was quick to answer.
“This game, after our first loss, it was big to see how we’d react,” O’Hara said. “The kids responded really well.”