Boys Soccer: Warren blanks Sandburg 3-0 in Class 3A state semifinal
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media November 2, 2012 7:52PM
Warren's Nick Haas (left) and Sandburg's Tom Nie battle for the ball. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
At Lincoln-Way North, Frankfort
Friday’s semifinal results
Peoria Notre Dame 2,
Wheaton Academy 1 (SO)
Urbana 2, St. Viator 1
Warren 3, Sandburg 0
Naperville Central 3, Stevenson 0
Class 2A third-place: Wheaton Academy (21-7) vs. St. Viator (20-4-3), 11 a.m.
Class 2A championship: Peoria Notre Dame (21-2-2) vs. Urbana (21-2), 1 p.m.
Class 3A third-place: Sandburg (18-6-3) vs. Stevenson (18-5-1), 5 p.m.
Class 3A championship: Warren (20-5-3) vs. Naperville Central (23-1), 7 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2012 6:33AM
Controlling the first 20 minutes of play in Friday night’s Class 3A state semifinal, Sandburg had several good chances to build an early lead.
When the Eagles couldn’t convert, Warren’s offense proved far too good not to make Sandburg pay.
The Blue Devils stunned the Eagles with two goals in the final 17 minutes of the first half and rolled to a 3-0 win at Lincoln-Way North.
“We came out with a good first 20 minutes,” Sandburg’s Zack Biel said. “Then the next 20, I don’t know what happened. They scored the first goal and it was all downhill from there.”
Sandburg (18-6-3) will take on Stevenson in the third-place match at 5 p.m. Saturday. Warren (20-5-3) advanced to the 7 p.m. championship against Naperville Central.
The Eagles spent much of the first 10 minutes in their offensive third and created some strong chances off deep throw-ins, Alex Rohder and Kevin Kroll each sending shots high.
Biel blasted a free kick from 27 yards out and nearly tucked it inside the far post, missing just wide.
“The first 10 to 15 minutes we stuck to our game plan,” Sandburg coach Desi Vuillaume said. “Then their speed kind of shocked us and we didn’t adjust.”
The rest of the half was played at a breakneck pace, with one team or the other threatening to score seemingly at all times — a sharp contrast from a usual match involving a defensive-minded Sandburg squad that allowed just one goal in its five previous playoff matches.
“No one really established themselves,” Biel said. “It just kept going back and forth. It was like a free-for-all.”
It was Warren that capitalized. After Daniel Szczepanek’s long throw-ins created a few chances, the Blue Devils caught the Eagles napping when Szczepanek sent a short throw to Rafa Macias.
Macias, unmarked, crossed the ball to the box where Timmy Pieper headed it to Karl Bappert, who beat Sandburg goalie Adam Zehme (6 saves) with 16:06 left in the half.
Biel nearly found the equalizer moments later, heading the ball down to his leg in the box and firing just over the crossbar.
Pieper delivered a backbreaker with 5:09 left in the half, heading home Szczepanek’s free kick.
The Eagles put four shots on goal but failed to find the frame on most of their best second-half chances.
Sean Kirwan made it 3-0 with 14:32 left in the match.
With their title hopes dashed, the Eagles are faced with the challenge of rebounding for the third-place match.
“We have another match and we definitely didn’t come here to finish fourth,” Biel said. “We’re going to come out hard.”
Naperville Central 3, Stevenson 0: Pat Flynn had a goal and an assist while Jack Patrick and David Murphy each added a goal as Naperville Central (23-1) earned a berth in the Class 3A championship match for the second straight season. Stevenson finished 18-5-1.
Peoria Notre Dame 2, Wheaton Academy 1: Peoria Notre Dame (21-2-2) won the penalty-kick shootout by a 3-1 count to advance to the 2A championship. Drew Whalen scored for the Irish, who finished third last season, while Justin Buck made eight saves. Casey Zimmerman scored for Wheaton Academy (21-7).
Urbana 2, St. Viator 1: David Anderson and Jonathon Lukusa scored and Brian Summers made five saves to help Urbana (21-2) advance to the Class 2A championship. It will be the first title-game appearance for the Tigers. Troy Wheeler scored off a Spencer Moore assist for St. Viator (20-4-3).