Boys Soccer: Two goals by Ben Rohder lift Sandburg over Lemont 2-1
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media August 28, 2014 10:46PM
Lemont, IL - Thursday, August 28, 2014: Lemont's Michael Prasauskas (4) moves around Sandburg's Dan Rohder (2). | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 29, 2014 2:17AM
It’s safe to say Sandburg’s Ben Rohder is making the most of his limited playing time.
Nursing his way back from an injury, Rohder sat on the bench for the first 25 minutes of action Thursday against Lemont and played for less than half the contest.
But limited minutes don’t mean limited impact for the senior midfielder. Rohder scored both of Sandburg’s goals — including the game-winner with just under 12 minutes to play — as Sandburg downed Lemont 2-1.
“We’re kind of easing me back into playing,” said Rohder, who joined the Eagles for his senior season after playing the past two years with the Chicago Fire Academy. “I did something to my back, so I’ve been out for a while — just taking it easy.”
Rohder’s game-winning goal came on a cross into the box from Nick Calderon about seven minutes after Lemont (0-1) tied the match on a breakaway goal by Christian Goushas.
“It was deflected in there ... I was just lucky to be in there at the right time,” Rohder said of his second shot. “I was 1-on-1 with the (goal)keeper and put it in the back of the goal.”
Rohder’s first goal came five minutes after he checked in for Sandburg (2-0). He fielded a pass from Ryan Kozlowski and blasted a missile from just outside the box for a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half.
“It’s nice to get Ben back,” Sandburg coach Desi Vuillaume said. “We’ve got two other academy guys back for this year. I think there’s something to be said about playing for your school.”
The other two returnees are Kevin Mahoney and sophomore Dan Rohder, Ben’s younger brother.
Lemont coach Rick Prangen was pleased with the tenacity exhibited by the Indians after falling into an early hole.
“It was a competitive, hard game against a really good team,” Prangen said. “I thought it was good for us. I thought they had the majority of the possession, but I didn’t think they were overly dangerous.”
Lemont pressured Sandburg until the final buzzer, receiving a few chances at goal on set pieces initiated by Teodor Trifunovski.
“I don’t need any more gray hair,” Vuillaume said.