Boys Soccer: Dan Petrou’s hat trick helps Lincoln-Way West past Illiana Christian 4-2
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media August 27, 2014 8:54PM
Lincolnway West's Conrad Bolster takes a shot on goal but is far left at Illiana Christian on August 27, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 28, 2014 10:34AM
Moving from the midfield to forward this season, Lincoln-Way West’s Dan Petrou knows he’ll be one of the go-to offensive weapons for the Warriors.
If Wednesday’s season opener was any indication, he’s ready.
Petrou, who scored three goals all last season, matched that in one game, recording a hat trick as the Warriors defeated Illiana Christian 4-2 in Lansing.
“It was definitely more than I could have expected,” Petrou said. “It was a great start for us as a whole team.”
Chandler Kimmel scored twice for Illiana (0-1).
Petrou scored on a terrific individual play in the 14th minute, weaving through three defenders and slipping a shot under the body of diving goalie Chad Ketlaar.
In the 32nd minute, Zak Pavlovich picked off a Vikings clearing attempt and slipped a pass to Petrou, who finished to make it 2-0.
“We’ve got a really creative group this year,” West coach Jeff Theiss said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can find the back of the net. We’re young, so we know we might make some mistakes and we’ve got to score to compensate for them.”
Kimmel got Illiana on the board with just 13 seconds left in the first half, scoring off a Zack Pruim pass.
The Vikings went into the break with momentum but West got it right back as Justin Yaeger and Pavlovich showed off some nice passing, ending with Yaeger ripping a shot off the bottom of the crossbar and in six minutes into the second half.
“We really needed a goal there,” Yaeger said. “Me and Zak just worked a little give and go there and it was a big goal.”
Petrou completed the hat trick with 29:35 left, and nearly made it four goals moments later, but was denied by a nice Ketlaar save.
Ketlaar was terrific, making 10 saves to keep the Vikings in the game.
Kimmel scored off another Pruim assist for Illiana’s second goal.
“(Chad) had some fantastic saves,” Illiana coach Tim Delahunty said. “We’re working on a new formation this year, so we kind of expect these outcomes early on. I think by the time we’re three quarters into the season we’ll be much improved.”