Boys Soccer: Lockport, Oswego East battle to 4-4 draw
By Matt Le Cren For Sun-Times Media September 11, 2013 8:40PM
Updated: September 11, 2013 9:54PM
Soccer coaches like to talk about how players should be able to play anywhere on the field.
But when it comes to versatility, Sean Phetchanpheng may be unique.
The Oswego East captain played the first half in goal, then switched to forward and scored a hat trick in the second half as the Wolves twice rallied from two-goal deficits to forge a 4-4 tie Wednesday with host Lockport.
“He’s a kid that’s going to do whatever it takes to win,” Oswego East coach Steve Szymanski said. “That’s a great asset to any team.”
Phetchanpheng is no stranger to such double duty. He is Oswego East’s starting goalie and its most talented forward, which presents a conundrum for Szymanski.
“I’m sitting there going, ‘God, I’m the worst coach in the world (because) I’m putting Sean in goal,’ and he goes out and scores three goals,” Szymanski said. “He’s a smart player. He’s a kid that’s going to do whatever it takes to win. That’s a great asset to any team.”
This wasn’t the first time Phetchanpheng has scored in a game in which he’s also played goalie. He did it in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Downers Grove South, and last season tallied twice in a 4-3 shootout loss to Plainfield South.
His performance against the Porters (3-2-1) was nothing short of amazing. He scored his first goal 2:22 into the second half when he raced to a long ball from Danny Madrigal that appeared would reach Lockport goalie Chris Czaja and flicked a 17-yard shot over Czaja’s head to tie the game at 2.
Angelo DeMarco then scored his second goal of the game for the Porters eight minutes later and Dan Michalik tallied to give Lockport a 4-2 lead with 23:25 left.
Phetchanpheng scored on a penalty kick with 4:46 remaining, giving the Wolves (0-3-2) new life. He then tied the game at the 3:38 mark with a great individual effort in which he beat a defender from a standing start along the left endline before scoring from a sharp angle.
“The excitement when he does stuff like that is great,” Szymanski said. “That last goal he had was ridiculous. I don’t know how he got around (the defender). He played it around, went out of bounds and tucked it in. It was impressive. That’s the type of ability he has.”
Phetchanpheng has scored four of Oswego East’s eight goals, but he said it is all in a day’s work.
“I like to play whatever I can in order to help out the team,” Phetchanpheng said. “That’s all I really want.”
Of course, what the Wolves ultimately want is a victory. They have yet to play with the lead this season.
“It shows that we still have a lot of work to do,” Phetchanpheng said. “In order to win you’ve got to work harder, so we have to think about what we need to improve on.”
Christian Vazquez also scored for Oswego East. Jack Dilgert had a goal and an assist and Raff Chavez dished two assists for Lockport, which nearly won the game during a flurry with 50 seconds left, but DeMarco sent a rebound wide right after Oswego East goalie Luis Alday blocked a shot and Vazquez headed another off the line.
“You’re 4-2 up with five minutes to go, you should be home and dry, and that’s what the kids have to realize,” Lockport coach Chris Beal said. “You need to be able see games out like that. We’ve got conference coming up and we need to be stronger.”