Boys Soccer: Thornton cop-op storms past Romeoville 6-1
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 23, 2013 8:10PM
Updated: October 23, 2013 10:33PM
Thornton co-op coach David Gonzalez isn’t much for revenge.
So having lost to Romeoville 3-2 in overtime during the first week of the season, revenge wasn’t even a blip on Gonzalez’s radar Wednesday.
As for carrying momentum? The fourth-year coach is a firm believer.
Blowing open a game that was tied at halftime, Thornton rolled to a convincing 6-1 victory over Romeoville in a Class 3A Stagg Regional semifinal.
“I don’t believe in revenge,” Gonzalez said with a smile. “We kept our momentum, our intensity level up, and I’m proud that’s something I don’t have to ask these guys to do.”
Thornton (17-3) advances to play T.F. co-op at 3 p.m. Saturday for the regional title. The Wildcats won a regional title last season.
Thornton wasted no time unknotting the score in the second half. Francisco Carbajal’s shot from the right side of the field deflected off a Romeoville defender and into the net to put the Wildcats up 2-1 with 37:04 remaining.
“We knew we had to come back and do our thing,” Carbajal said. “We knew we could keep scoring, just had to keep shooting. I knew I had to shoot. Four years on the varsity, I don’t want to mess it up. No hiccups, just play confident.”
Less than six minutes later, Ricardo Estrada followed suit, dribbling the ball along the left side and blasting away from 20 yards out. His shot to the far post whipped past Romeoville goalkeeper Matt Gal (6 saves).
Thornton scored three more goals in the half, including two by Serjio Lopez.
Farouk Amoo scored on a header in the first half for Thornton, with Jesus Fernandez-Ortiz finding the net in the second half.
“What switched was that we came into the second half more intense, and we wanted to win more,” Fernandez-Ortiz said. “They beat us the first time we played, and we didn’t want that to happen again.”
Jason Silvar had the lone goal for Romeoville (10-8-2), a header off a free kick from Daniel Ibarra.
“(Too many) mental breakdowns,” Romeoville coach Nick Cirrincione said. “The kids have a hard time communicating with peers. We had breakdowns at the wrong time. Thornton has great players who can finish.”