Boys Soccer: Joliet Central takes apart St. Laurence
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media August 21, 2012 10:48PM
St. Laurence's Ramon Calvillo (left) and Joliet Central's Jonnathon Oliveros battle for the ball. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 23, 2012 6:11AM
With the ambidextrous striking of Victor Garcia on display, it was the right foot that Joliet Central opened its season on, earning a 4-1 victory Tuesday over St. Laurence in the first round of the Windy City Ram Classic at Homewood-Flossmoor.
Garcia blew the game open with consecutive second-half goals for a 3-0 lead. The senior employed nifty footwork and was patient with the ball around St. Laurence defenders.
“He’s going to be our striker on tap that we’re going to key on,” Central coach Eduardo Contreras said of Garcia. “He’s good with both feet. We just have to make sure we get the ball to him in space, and from there, there’s not many people who can stay with him one-on-one.”
Garcia first found the net with his right foot on a defense-slicing assist from Aaron Contreras 13 minutes into the second half. His next goal — launched with the left foot — came less than four minutes later.
“It’s good that I can use both feet when the situation calls for it,” Garcia said. “We just came out (Tuesday) hoping for the best.”
After a competitive first half, St. Laurence (0-1) struggled to hang around once Central found the throttle.
“They’re a physical team, and they’re fast to create opportunities,” St. Laurence coach Nate Grosse said. “With as many returning starters as we have, I thought we’d be ready to come out with more fire.”
St. Laurence captain Danny Buss put the kibosh on a shutout when he found the net on a breakaway with 36 seconds left to play.
Adding goals for Joliet Central (1-0) were Erick Perez and Yerman Salazar. Perez scored on a free kick — with an assist chipped over the St. Laurence defense by Jose Ortiz — and Salazar came off the bench to score the final Central goal with five minutes remaining.