Boys Soccer: Lincoln-Way East tops Stagg 3-1
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 26, 2013 9:02PM
Lincoln-Way East's Alan Hernandez controls a ball against Stagg. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:38AM
With Lincoln-Way East playing its first game since losing senior midfielder Sean Sibley to a leg injury Tuesday, junior Blake Tempel was counted on to fill Sibley’s large shoes in the lineup.
It didn’t take long for Tempel to step up in a big way. His goal in the fifth minute sparked the Griffins, and Bryan Dillberg’s two goals carried them the rest of the way to a huge 3-1 win over Stagg.
“It’s just nice that I got to come in with Sibley hurt and score a goal,” Tempel said. “His injury is motivation for us. It made us play harder.”
After Stagg (6-2) surged in the opening minutes, Kris Kirchhoff got the ball for East (6-3-2) along the sideline on a quick counterattack and sent a perfect cross to Tempel, who was camped out at the far post and beat Stagg goalie Erick Estrada (6 saves).
“You have to give Blake Tempel props,” East coach Ryan Decker said. “It’s just a month after he was cleared to play after knee surgery, so he’s not even fully healthy but he gave us some big minutes with Sibley out.”
Tempel’s goal was the mood-setter, but it was Dillberg who delivered the dagger.
The Chargers pulled to within 2-1 on Matt Kois’ breakaway goal with 28:09 left in the match. The Chargers were continuing to build momentum until Dillberg got the ball in space, cut into the box and fired a shot off the bottom of the crossbar and in with 15:47 to go.
“We just wanted to take momentum away from them and take control,” Dillberg said.
Dillberg’s first goal came five minutes into the second half when he broke free, got a pass from Alan Hernandez and sent a nice chip over the head of Estrada.
The East defense did a good job holding the Chargers, who had scored multiple goals in all but one of previous their seven matches, in check.
“I think our youth in the back got to us a little,” Stagg coach Mike Kealy said. “This is a wake-up call for us. We needed something like this to put things in perspective. Hopefully, we can learn from it and improve.”