Boys Soccer: Lincoln-Way Central’s late push provides hope for ’14
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 30, 2013 9:54PM
Lincoln-Way Central's Tyler Massa (7) dribbles the ball as Bloom's Marcos Figueroa defends. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Records through Oct. 29
1. Minooka (13-6-2)
Last week: 3
2. Lincoln-Way West (15-7-3)
Last week: 8
3. Plainfield North (15-3-3)
Last week: 6
4. Lockport (15-4-4)
Last week: 1
5. Lincoln-Way East (13-7-2)
Last week: 2
6. Morris (14-5-5)
Last week: 4
7. Lemont (15-9-2)
Last week: 7
8. Plainfield Central (9-9-5)
Last week: NR
9. Bolingbrook (12-11)
Last week: 5
10. Romeoville (11-8-2)
Last week: 9
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:13PM
Lincoln-Way Central dropped its playoff opener, falling 4-2 to Bloom in a Class 3A Lincoln-Way Central Regional semifinal.
The defeat put a stop to a strong late-season surge for the Knights, who won their last four regular-season matches, beginning with a 3-2 victory over Class 2A sectional finalist Lincoln-Way West and ending with a big 1-0 win over Bolingbrook.
“The Lincoln-Way West match was a big pivot point for us,” Central coach Sean Fahey said. “It was better late than never. It gave our players a lot of confidence and that was the biggest thing.
“Our seniors came a long way. A lot of them played at every level and finally got their chance on varsity senior year. They improved a lot.”
Fahey said Central, which finished 8-10-4, had chances to rack more up wins.
“In our four ties, we had the lead in three of them,” he said. “We had the lead in several of our losses, too. It just came down to finishing games. We had a hard time playing a full 80 minutes.
“At the end of the year, we started to figure it out. It’s tough to say goodbye to this season.”
Central started six juniors, including All-Sectional honorees Jacob Lysik and Tyler Massa, and a sophomore and will be a team to watch next season.
Minooka keeps rolling
After a pair of thrilling victories, Minooka has advanced to the Class 3A Joliet West Sectional championship and will meet Edwardsville at 5 p.m. Friday.
It’s the Indians’ first appearance in a sectional title match since 2007.
Minooka outlasted Normal Community 2-1 in a penalty-kick shootout to win the Joliet Central Regional before topping Moline 2-1 in overtime in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal. Freshman Kyle Sparks scored the game-winner Tuesday.
Edwardsville (17-2-3) has won sectional titles in four of the last five seasons. The Tigers tied Moline 1-1 on Sept. 14.
Player of the Week
Kip Pavlovich, of Lincoln-Way West, is the Herald-News Boys Soccer Player of the Week.
Pavlovich, a senior forward, scored two goals in the Warriors’ 4-1 win over Lemont in Tuesday’s Class 2A Lincoln-Way West Sectional semifinal.