Boys Soccer: Plainfield South falls 3-2 to West Aurora
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media October 12, 2013 7:02PM
Last year West Aurora built a 6-0 lead on Plainfield South before halftime, only to watch the Cougars battle back and put three goals on the board after intermission.
In Saturday’s game in Plainfield, West Aurora played another strong first half and led 3-0 before the Cougars again won the second half, scoring twice in a 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks.
“I told (Cougars coach Dave Brown) that we should combine our teams,” West Aurora coach Joe Sustersic said. “We can play the first half and they can play the second half and we’d crush teams.”
West Aurora (11-5-3) got first-half goals from Christian Martinez, Geo Martinez and Michael Acosta. The Blackhawks had 10 shots in the first half and controlled play behind the efforts of center mid Oscar Gaytan.
Christian Martinez scored from eight yards out at the 14-minute mark after a shot by teammate Jose Oropeza.
Geo Martinez volleyed a ball to himself and then volleyed a strike from 18 yards out to make it 2-0 at the 22-minute mark.
Acosta broke in alone and scored one minute later.
Down 3-0 at halftime, Plainfield South (5-10-3) had its work cut out.
“Coach wasn’t very happy at halftime and he told us we had to come out and play harder,” South captain Miguel Espinoza said. “Some games this year we show up better in the first half, but other games we haven’t. We’ve had some trouble with that and we can’t do that at this point in the year.”
Brown’s message was received.
The Cougars’ Adam Burt made it 3-1 just 28 seconds into the second half, and South held West Aurora without a shot after halftime. It was 3-2 when Parker Galt crossed a ball from the endline and Cesar Bautista buried it into the far post, but West Aurora held on in the game’s final 10 minutes for the win.
“It’s one of those things where they’re young and they don’t understand having a killer instinct,” Sustersic said of his Blackhawks. “Luckily we did enough in the first half to earn the win.
“I’ll take the blame. My team is young and at halftime I talked to them like mature people, telling them they had to be ready for it. But sometimes if I don’t cheer to them, they don’t play well and today was one of those days.”