Boys Soccer: Minooka rounding into form
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 2, 2013 9:08PM
Updated: November 4, 2013 11:51AM
A young Minooka squad quickly has shaped up to be highly competitive.
The Indians (7-5-2) have gone 6-2-1 over their last nine games, earning big wins over Lincoln-Way West, Romeoville and Plainfield East over the stretch.
“We’ve been playing really well,” Minooka coach Chris Brolley said. “We have some tough conference matches coming up. We’ll be ready to go.”
Minooka fell Tuesday to seven-time defending Southwest Prairie champion Plainfield Central. Before that, the Indians played to a hard-fought 3-3 tie with a 10-1-4 Morris squad on Saturday and rolled to a 6-1 win Monday over Joliet Catholic.
Freshman Kyle Sparks, who scored twice against Morris, has made an immediate impact on the offensive end.
Seniors Nick Miller, Giacomo Raimondi, Ryan Bozue, Juan Rojas and Mauro Medina, along with goalie Alex Singletary, have been strong leaders.
“We know we’re capable of scoring some goals,” Brolley said. “It’s not uncharacteristic for us to put in three or four in a game.”
The Indians host Providence on Monday before a key game Tuesday at Plainfield North and an Oct. 10 contest at South Elgin.
Things appear to shape up nicely for a postseason run for the Indians, who were assigned to the Class 3A Joliet Central Regional along with the host, Joliet West, Bradley and Normal Community.
That regional feeds into the Joliet West Sectional.
“We just need to keep our heads up and keep playing our game,” Sparks said. “We know we have a good team that can win.”
A good turn for Coal City
After going 1-11-1 through its first 13 matches, Coal City tripled its win total over the past week, earning back-to-back wins. The Coalers topped Westmont 1-0 on Thursday behind a Jake Borgra goal and beat Reed-Custer 1-0 on Tuesday as Kevin Soto scored.
Chase Mincey recorded shutouts in both games, improving his season total to three.
Player of the Week
Jason Silvar, of Romeoville, is this week’s Herald-News Boys Soccer Player of the Week.
Silvar, a junior, scored the game-tying goal and added an assist in a 3-2 win over Oswego East and had an assist in a tie with West Aurora. He has two goals and five assists on the season.