Boys Soccer: Sandburg, Reavis advance to regional final
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media October 22, 2013 9:32PM
Updated: November 24, 2013 6:33AM
Sandburg’s Thomas Nie didn’t like the taste of the upset being brewed by Brother Rice.
Trailing 1-0 in Tuesday’s Class 3A Lincoln-Way North Regional semifinal with less than four minutes to go, Nie was able to cleanse his palate by ripping a goal to force overtime. Minutes later, he found the back of the net again, propelling Sandburg to a 2-1 victory and a trip to the regional final.
“We were all shaken,” Nie said. “We were all scared to death losing in the first round to a No. 18 seed when we’re No. 2. We just did not want that to happen.”
Sandburg (14-6) will meet Reavis (14-6-2) at 6 p.m. Friday at Lincoln-Way North for the regional title. Brother Rice closed at 7-9-3.
Playing in cold, rainy conditions, Nie’s overtime goal came on a rebound of a shot by Przemyslaw Tylka.
“I knew it was wet and I thought the goalie might fumble it,” Nie said. “Thankfully, he did and I was able to put it away.”
Brother Rice’s Carlos Gonzalez, who had two goals in a quarterfinal win over Lincoln-Way North, catalyzed the Rice scoring with an assist to Oscar Garcia. Gonzalez blew past the Sandburg defense with 11:59 remaining in the second half and hit Garcia for a well-placed header.
Gonzalez had one last chance to score in the waning seconds of overtime, but Sandburg goalkeeper Alan Garcia blocked the shot in traffic to preserve the win.
“Nine out of 10 times, the team that has the momentum or ties the score wins it,” Rice coach Nick Markulin said. “We just made mistakes by not clearing space. I’m disappointed for the kids.”
Reavis 1, Eisenhower 0
Jose Estrada is one of the top goal scorers in the Southland for good reason. He’s fast, he’s got serious striking skills and he’s the beneficiary of some clever plays via Reavis coach Robert Morack.
Estrada scored the lone goal, his 23rd of the season, Tuesday against Eisenhower on a nifty direct kick, sending Reavis to the regional finals against Sandburg.
“We’ve been working on a few plays with Jose and some of the other forwards,” Morack said. “I think that was the best ball he’s ever hit.”
The score saw two Reavis players fake attempts before Estrada delivered a high strike into the net.
“I like that play a lot because it confuses the goalkeeper,” Estrada said. “It means a lot for my goal to send us on, but it’s not just my goal, it’s the teams.”
With 15 minutes remaining, Eisenhower (8-11-2) put an additional forward up front but couldn’t capitalize.