Boys Soccer: Naperville Central blanks Sandburg
By Steve Nemeth For Sun-Times Media September 5, 2013 8:44PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 1:21PM
Perhaps the best indication of how Naperville Central is buying into coach Troy Adams’ “team-first” mantra came in the second half of Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Sandburg in the Best of the West Tournament.
Drake Swope’s corner kick finished in the net and none of the Redhawks in the scramble out front of the goal wanted credit for the strike, admitting it was an Eagles own goal. Even though it came with 24:38 still to be played, it pretty much sealed the deal as Central improved to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0 for group play in the tradition-rich Best of the West Tournament. Sandburg dipped to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the tourney heading into Saturday.
“It’s not just our defenders, but the midfielders tracking back, and even the forwards understanding that they’re our first line of defense,” Adams said. “We started Aug. 14 and it’s Sept. 5; if, and I emphasize if, we continue make the same leaps from week to week, that would bode well for us as the season progresses.”
An aggressive start by the Redhawks also set the tone as the hosts claimed a 1-0 lead just 9:13 into the contest when Ben Border took the ball to the far left wing and sent a textbook cross that Sam Reskala finished.
“We work on it practice, and I know there will be guys making the runs, Sam, Jay (Tegge), Jordi (Heeneman, or someone will be there,” Border said. “It’s always cool to get assists from someone else’s finish.”
“Ben always delivers, so I knew to get into position, but David (Murphy) helped with a fake to make it easier for me to get inside the post,” Reskala added.
Within a minute, Border almost put the Redhawks up two with another solid cross that Swope just missed, but that was all part of Central compiling a 21-2 advantage for overall attempts and 9-0 edge for shots on goal.
“We definitely struggled to find our offensive rhythm. It’s obvious we miss Przemyslaw (Tylka), but that’s not an excuse when you know you’re going up against a good team like Central,” Sandburg coach Desi Vuillaume said. “Our defense really wasn’t too bad, so overall this is a good building point with a lot of season still to come.”