Boys Soccer: Montini blanks Chicago Christian in Class 1A sectional semifinal
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 22, 2013 9:24PM
Jack Brady, of Montini passes the ball against Chicago Christian for the Class 1A Chicago Christian Sectional Semifinalsat Chicago Christian, Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, in Palos Heights. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 24, 2013 6:33AM
Montini soccer coach Barry Briggs is used to the school’s tradition-rich football program getting all the attention.
In the last couple of weeks, though, that’s changed a bit.
“We’re a big football school, but lately the faculty and staff have been coming up to me talking to me about how we’re doing a great job,” Briggs said. “These kids have worked hard and they deserve all this success.”
The buzz around the Broncos will go up even more after Montini advanced to the sectional finals for the first time in program history, topping host Chicago Christian 2-0 in a Class 1A sectional semifinal Tuesday in Palos Heights.
Montini (13-5-1) will meet Timothy Christian in Saturday’s championship match.
The Broncos and Knights (11-10-3) played a fast-paced regular-season match, won 5-3 by Montini. Playing on a wet field Tuesday, though, chances were limited.
Montini took advantage of one early in the second half, striking off a free kick from 40 yards out. Albert Holler sent the ball into the middle of the box, from where Jack Brady headed it past Chicago Christian goalie Caleb De Ruiter (3 saves) and into the right corner of the net.
“Mark (Kalal) and Al are always looking for me,” Brady said. “Al and I made a little eye contact right before he took it. He played it to me and I got my head on it.
“It feels great to be here. All the hard work, all the times playing barefoot in the summer. It’s all paying off.”
Tom Almassey (3 saves) and a Broncos defense led by Brady, Michael Orr, Anthony Vosicky and Patrick Hennessy took it the rest of the way.
Montini managed to slow down a high-powered Chicago Christian offense led by Getenet Timmermans, who finished his career with a school record 94 goals.
“They boxed Getenet really well,” Chicago Christian coach Jose Barrientos said. “I’m really proud of the way we played, though. The ball just wouldn’t go in for us.”
Jimmy Clausing added an insurance goal for Montini on a penalty kick with 28 seconds to go.
Timothy Christian 4, Morgan Park Academy 0: Wes Ditchfield scored twice to lead Timothy Christian (11-8-2) into the championship match. Jon Cumo and Tyler Vlasak each added a goal. Morgan Park Academy finished 8-8.