Boys Soccer: Chicago Christian, Oak Lawn battle to scoreless draw
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 16, 2013 8:02PM
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:17AM
Chicago Christian came into Monday night’s match against Oak Lawn on fire offensively, scoring 30 goals through its first eight matches.
Spartans goalie Dan Bednarz, though, came up big as Oak Lawn salvaged a 0-0 tie, handing the Knights their first shutout of the season, in Palos Heights.
“I was just trying to help my teammates out,” Bednarz said. “I worked hard in practice and that was big.”
Bednarz made five saves for Oak Lawn (2-4-1).
Caleb De Ruiter made three saves for his third shutout for Chicago Christian (4-2-3).
The Knights controlled play in the first half, but could not put any away of their opportunities. Getenet Timmermans fired just high on a strong chance in the 24th minute.
Bednarz made a diving stop on Timmermans later in the half.
“We try, try and try, we just couldn’t put the ball in the net,” Chicago Christian coach Jose Barrientos said. “We controlled the game, but we looked sluggish. It wasn’t one of our best games.”
Barrientos also credited the Spartans for slowing down Timmermans, who came into the game with 17 goals.
Richard Alcantar and Matt Hareza hounded Timmermans all day, with Abdel Metwally and Michael Szaflarski also having strong days in the back.
“I give Oak Lawn credit, because they really stopped Getenet,” Barrientos said. “No one has been able to do that.”
Chicago Christian’s back line of Trent Vande Kamp, Josh Mollema, Josh Van Dyk and Matt Wierenga kept the Spartans attack in check.
Oak Lawn did surge in the second half, though, and had a couple of good chances. Konrad Nykiel missed just high on a shot, hitting the football crossbar just above the net.
“We worked a lot on our defensive shape and pushing their fast forwards outside,” Oak Lawn coach Nate Joiner said. “That’s the best game (Bednarz) has played for us, so hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come.”