Boys Soccer: Edwardsville ousts Minooka
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media November 1, 2013 7:56PM
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:42AM
A four-hour bus ride to the Class 3A Joliet West Sectional didn’t stop Edwardsville from blasting out of the gates Friday against Minooka.
Edwardsville scored on its first two shots on goal and cruised to a 4-0 victory for the program’s fifth sectional title in six seasons.
“That was probably one of the best, if not the best (offense we’ve played),” Minooka goalkeeper Alex Singletary said.
Hayden Hessler started the scoring just four minutes into the contest, finding the net after a lax Minooka defense failed to clear a throw-in that landed in the box.
Six minutes later, All-State forward Brent Heinlein vacuumed in a beautiful cross from Connor Wright and buried a goal from 60- feet out, leaving Minooka scrambling for the final 30 minutes of the first half.
“It was really important for us to get on the board early just so we could get the momentum going and play with the ball,” Hessler said.
The Tigers (18-2-3) have won 12 straight contests and have outscored postseason opponents 12-1. Edwardsville will meet Sandburg at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Class 3A Normal Supersectional.
“We had to try to install our way because if we don’t, then we have to go their system,” Hessler said. “That was a big thing for us to try to get the possession and our system in place.”
The Indians did a better job of controlling possession in the second half, but failed to capitalize against a steady Edwardsville defense.
“They had perfect passes. They trapped the ball, had great shots,” said Singletary, who made some nice saves under pressure.
Edwardsville added goals from Heinlein, on a penalty kick, and Tommy Giacobbe, on an assist from Wright, in the final 16 minutes.
Minooka’s best chance to score came in the second half, when Matt Dlugopolski had a breakaway. But his shot sailed wide to the left.
Minooka finished its season at 13-7-2.
“Unbelievable season,” Minooka coach Chris Brolley said. “For a team that had maybe .500 expectations during the season, to come out here and be determined — make a run like this and end up with the record we had — we were led by a great group of seniors.”