Boys Soccer: Unbeaten Morris brims with confidence
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 18, 2013 9:24PM
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:38AM
Morris coach David Valdivia isn’t hiding his excitement about this year’s squad.
“We’ve got a team this year,” he said. “I truly believe this is our year. I really believe we will put up big numbers and be a team people don’t want to miss.”
So far, the Redskins, who reached sectionals in Class 2A last season, are backing up their coach’s confidence. They are 7-0-1 and already have two tournament titles under their belts, winning the War on 34 hosted by Earlville as well as the Streator Cup.
In the War on 34, Morris got a 3-2 win over Metamora.
“We really dominated the second half against them and they’re a very good team,” Valdivia said. “It was a really big win for us.”
Ricardo Del Toro has 14 goals and has recorded three hat tricks, Salvador Villanueva has added five goals and the Redskins have recorded three shutouts.
Morris has a key Northern Illinois Big 12 tilt Thursday at Kaneland.
“Thursday, we will see how good we are,” Valdivia said.
Valdivia also is looking forward to an Oct. 1 trip to DeKalb.
“They take conference every year and they are a great team to play,” he said. “I believe that if we beat them this year, we will show everyone we are ready for state.
“We want to get respect from the big programs and show them that Morris does have a talented soccer squad.”
West on way up
After losses to Lemont and Minooka in the Lemont Cup, Lincoln-Way West was just 2-2-1. The Warriors, though, have gone 3-0-1 since. They earned impressive wins over Manteno, 4-1, and St. Ignatius, 3-2, and rolled past Peotone, 6-0, to go along with a 2-2 tie with Joliet West.
Kip Pavlovich has scored eight goals and Ian McGrath seven to lead West, which meets Sandburg on Thursday in a Lincoln-Way Invitational semifinal.
Player of the Week
Bryan Dillberg, of Lincoln-Way East, is the Herald-News Boys Soccer Player of the Week. Dillberg, a senior, scored the game-tying goal with less than 13 minutes left in Saturday’s game vs. Plainfield South, then added the game-winner two minutes later. He also scored in the Griffins’ win over Providence.