Boys Soccer: Marmion overruns Plainfield South 5-1
By Steve Nemeth For Sun-Times Media September 23, 2013 7:58PM
Updated: September 23, 2013 10:18PM
Marmion’s 1-2 punch of Flynn Collins and Gavin Sanchez proved to be too much for Plainfield South in a 5-1 Cadets victory during Monday’s opening round of the 20th Annual St. Charles East Invitational.
While the Saints are favored to capture both their pool and overall tournament title, step No. 1 is getting into position to challenge coach Paul Jennison’s powerhouse. The victory meant Marmion kept pace with East in group play as the Saints cruised past Belvidere, 6-1.
Marmion, which evened its season mark at 5-5-1, recorded a fifth win over its last seven contests heading into a Wednesday meeting with Belvidere. Plainfield South, fresh off a 2-1-1 showing in the Lincoln-Way Invitational, dipped to 3-4-2 heading into Wednesday’s contest vs. St. Charles East.
The Cadets took the lead in the ninth minute as Luke DeSimone’s through ball enabled Collins to score an 11-yarder from left of center.
“I saw Flynn making a diagonal run and knew he’d finish,” DeSimone said. “Scoring right away like that gives us momentum.”
Three minutes later, Sanchez converted a penalty kick, and even though the Cougars finished the half with an 8-4 advantage for overall shots and a 5-3 edge in on-goal attempts, it was quality over quantity for Marmion.
Plainfield South started the second half strong with Julien Tejeda’s assist leading to Cesar Bautista’s seventh goal of the year.
Less than a minute later, the Cadets neutralized that with Sanchez setting up Collins for his second goal. Ten minutes later, Sanchez registered his team-high fifth assist as Collins completed a hat trick to give 12 goals on the season.
In the 63rd minutes, Sanchez used a Michael Bila set-up for an highlight-reel 21-yard laser under the crossbar.
“This may have been our most complete game, and what was most pleasing was seeing us finish plays in both halves,” Marmion coach Ricky Del Toro said. “We’ve had solid 10 or 15 minute stretches, but then we’d stop and let teams back in.”
“We possessed the ball well in some stretches, but Marmion capitalized on every mistake we made,” South coach David Brown said. “You can’t give them chances, because it becomes like the perfect storm and suddenly 2-1 turns to 3-1, then 4-1.”