BOYS SOCCER: Washington sends L-W West home
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media November 2, 2013 11:06PM
Lincoln-Way West's Kevin Staniszewsk, white jersey, looks to control a loose ball as Washington's Brian Romo closes in. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:53AM
According to Washington’s Luis Ortega, the Patriots’ soccer success all comes down to heart — and the Patriots don’t plan on seeing their playoff run end short of the ultimate goal.
“We work as a team and we have a hunger to win,” Ortega said. “We’re not going to stop until we get to state.”
For the second straight season, Washington is one game away from getting there.
Ortega and Arturo Aupont each recorded two goals and an assist Saturday and Jose Leyva was brilliant in goal as the Patriots rolled to a 4-0 win over host Lincoln-Way West in a Class 2A sectional final.
Washington (11-1-9) will meet Nazareth in Tuesday’s Lemont Supersectional. West finished 15-8-3.
The Warriors started strong, but Leyva was up to the challenge, denying Kip Pavlovich on a golden chance off a rebound.
Washington, meanwhile, took advantage of its chances. Aupont got the ball off a failed West clearing attempt and buried a shot from the center of the box to give his team the lead in the fifth minute.
Ortega pounced on a rebound after Aupont’s shot was saved and scored for a 2-0 lead less than 17 minutes in.
“Our offense is really explosive right now,” Ortega said. “Me and Arturo have great chemistry.”
Leyva made a leaping save to rob Ian McGrath late in the half and keep the shutout intact.
“We had some great chances and it could have a different game going into halftime,” West coach Jeff Theiss said. “Their goalie made some great saves. They’re a very technical team and they’re really tough in the middle of the field.”
Aupont and Ortega added goals in the final 15 minutes of the match and Leyva, who finished with five saves, kept the Warriors from mounting a comeback.
“I was really happy to make those big saves,” Leyva said.
It’s the second straight season Washington has knocked out West in sectional play as the Patriots won a sectional semifinal contest between the two last year.
“This group this season was so excited to play the game,” Theiss said. “They had so much passion for the game. It was fun to be around.”