Boys Soccer: Plainfield Central, Streamwood battle to 1-1 tie
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media September 23, 2013 10:56PM
Updated: September 23, 2013 10:56PM
The stage was set, and Streamwood’s Mike Delaney grabbed the spotlight.
Trailing 1-0 with less than five minutes to play, Streamwood earned a corner kick against Plainfield Central in Monday’s opening-round game of the St. Charles East Invitational.
Chasing a goal, Streamwood coach Matt Polovin flooded Central’s penalty area with Sabres. “At that point I’m throwing everyone in,” Polovin said. “I almost put our goalie up there, too. But Delaney’s got springs.”
On the far side, Streamwood’s Donnie Sosa got a head on teammate Jasminko Dizdarevic’s corner kick and sent it over to Delaney, who buried a head shot from eight yards out for his first goal of the season.
“I just went for it. It was all instinct,” Delaney said.
Delaney’s goal stood up to force a 1-1 tie against Plainfield Central (6-2-4), which to that point had kept Streamwood (8-2-1) from scoring. The Wildcats had also found quality chances of its own on the counterattack.
Miguel Duran gave Plainfield Central its 1-0 lead in the second half, charging onto a through-ball and finishing on it from 14 yards out.
“Most of the (seven) goals we’ve given up this year have been on counters or free kicks,” Delaney said. “We were OK defending counters (Monday), but we still need to attack the ball better.”
In fact, neither team was happy with the volume of shots they sent wide of net in the game.
“We have to start finishing more of those,” Plainfield Central defender Ola Shobowale said of his side’s missed opportunities. “We played well and we’re getting all these (scoring) chances, and we need to cash in on them.”
Shobowale and his backline valiantly battled in the face of Streamwood’s pressing attack, and midfielders Duran and Miguel Sanchez also fought hard to slow down Streamwood’s dangerous Nestor Ascencio and Christian Vences.
Streamwood’s Brandon Malpartida would have scored on a shot taken from 18 yards out, but Wildcats keeper Kyle Oehler tipped it off the crossbar in the second half.
“Malpartida played well,” Polovin said. “Except for not finishing on more of the chances we created, I thought the team played well. But we’re not happy with a tie. Not with the number of chances we had.”