Boys Soccer: Morris rallies for a tie with Minooka
BY STEVE MILLAR For Sun-Times Media September 28, 2013 9:22PM
Updated: October 30, 2013 7:01AM
Facing its stiffest test of the season thus far against a strong Class 3A squad in Minooka, Morris saw its undefeated campaign slipping away as it faced a pair of two-goal deficits Saturday.
The Redskins, though, weren’t about to go away.
“Redskins never give up,” Morris’ Luke Rodriguez said. “We all played our hearts out and we came back.”
Rodriguez scored the final equalizer with 7:15 to go and visiting Morris salvaged a 3-3 tie against the Indians.
The sequence that led to the last goal began when Nestor Rodriguez sent a cross that was broken up by a Minooka defender but found its way to Chava Villanueva, who slipped a quick pass to Rodriguez for the finish.
“It happened so fast,” Luke Rodriguez said. “I got a good pass and I put it in nice and easy.”
Ricardo Del Toro had two assists for Morris (10-0-3).
Freshman Kyle Sparks’ second goal of the day gave Minooka (6-4-2) a 3-1 lead with 30:28 to go.
The score came off a free kick as Nick Miller played a great ball into the box where Luke St. Paul got a head on it and deflected it to Sparks, who was crashing the box to score.
“It just came to me across the field and I ran through it and it happened to go in,” Sparks said.
Morris, though, got within one when Villanueva scored off a Del Toro pass with 27:13 to go, setting up Rodriguez’ heroics.
“We let it slip away,” Minooka coach Chris Brolley said. “Morris is a talented team, but we earned a tie and not a win. We weren’t crisp to finish the game. We got a little lazy.”
Sparks scored off a turnover in the fifth minute and Mauro Medina headed home Miller’s cross for a 2-0 Minooka lead 16 minutes in.
The Redskins got back into the match with Nick Borgstrom’s goal with 10 minutes left in the half.