Boys Soccer: Joliet West edges Plainfield East 2-1
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 23, 2013 7:50PM
Updated: October 25, 2013 6:18AM
Joliet West has shown it can hang with the area’s top teams, earning ties against Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way Central and Plainfield South.
Wins, though, have been hard to come by. So when Ryan Olans scored for Plainfield East to tie Monday’s match at 1-1 midway through the second half, the Tigers could be excused for thinking “here we go again.”
Armando Alvarado, though, had a message for West.
“I told my teammates not to put their heads down,” he said.
Alvarado then gave his teammates a reason to put their heads up, scoring the winning goal on a beautiful shot less than two minutes after Olans’ goal to give the host Tigers a 2-1 victory.
Alvarado, who had an assist earlier in the game, collected a long pass from Jesus Gutierrez. Carrying the ball down the left side of the box, he shot from a tough angle and placed it perfectly under the crossbar and past goalie Isaias Marquez (3 saves) to give the Tigers (2-5-3) the win.
“(Gutierrez) had a great pass and I just saw an open opportunity and had to take it,” Alvarado said.
Olans got Plainfield East (3-5-4) on the board with 21:21 left in the match, blasting home a shot from 25 yards out.
The Bengals star had space on that shot, but was smothered by the Joliet West defense most of the night.
“We had Pedro (Martinez) on him all night,” West’s Jairo Jacobo said. “Pedro played an excellent game.”
Jacobo scored West’s first goal in the 26th minute, cutting down the middle of the box, receiving a feed from Alvarado on the baseline and finishing.
“The nice thing is the system we’re trying to run, the kids are starting to do it,” West coach Brian Frank said. “When we had possession, they were running it.”
Corey Kopchek had seven saves for the Tigers.
“We just couldn’t finish,” East coach Walter Flores said. “Give Joliet West credit. They played well, and they fought for the ball every single time.”