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Boys Soccer: Tinley Park vs. Homewood-Flossmoor match has special meaning

Tinley Park soccer players talk with Gretchen Karen Andersafter Friday's match honor late Homewood-Flossmoor athletic director Alec Anderson. | Supplied

Tinley Park soccer players talk with Gretchen and Karen Anderson after Friday's match in honor of late Homewood-Flossmoor athletic director Alec Anderson. | Supplied photo

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Updated: October 20, 2013 7:22AM



Tinley Park coach Mike Boniface had been so close his entire life with late Homewood-Flossmoor athletic director Alec Anderson that he considered him family. Boniface called Anderson his uncle.

So when Anderson took over at H-F, he urged Boniface to schedule a game between the Titans and Vikings. Boniface was reluctant.

“He had been begging me to play them,” Boniface said. “He’d always give me a hard time about how I wouldn’t ‘step up and play the big boys.’ For me, playing a big school like that wasn’t something I wanted to do.

“We decided that we wanted a sport and a game to unite the family, though. He convinced me to do it.”

Unfortunately, Anderson never got to see the game come to fruition. He died Aug. 7 from a coronary artery disease.

The teams decided to go on with the game as a memorial event for Anderson. They met Friday at H-F, with the Vikings prevailing 4-3.

“We played the game and we had a big barbecue,” Boniface said. “The H-F booster club provided a lot of food. The kids knew that the game had a different meaning, and they really played great even though they lost. They had a great experience.”

Boniface hopes the event will become an annual one.

“Alec’s mom, Gretchen and his wife, Karen were there and I think were kind of taken aback by it all,” he said. “Our kids came up to them and gave them their condolences after the game. It was emotional. It was a great night, though, and we’re going to try to keep it going.”

West on way up

After losses to Lemont and Minooka in the Lemont Cup, Lincoln-Way West was just 2-2-1. The Warriors, though, have gone 3-0-1 since. They earned impressive wins over Manteno, 4-1, and St. Ignatius, 3-2, and rolled past Peotone, 6-0, to go along with a 2-2 tie with Joliet West.

Kip Pavlovich has scored eight goals and Ian McGrath seven to lead West, which meets Sandburg on Thursday in a Lincoln-Way Invitational semifinal.

Player of the Week

Noah Wojcikowski, of Homewood-Flossmoor, is the SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Player of the Week. Wojcikowski, a junior, had two goals in a win over Tinley Park and a goal and an assist in a win over Shepard.



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