Boys Soccer: Lane, Fuentes brothers dominate Washington
Updated: October 6, 2012 6:29PM
Lane had recent history and motivation going for it. Washington could never measure up.
“We knew if we won, we’d be playing at home our next game, so we were really motivated,” junior forward Sergio Fuentes said.
The Indians’ double-barreled attack, Sergio and his twin brother Jose, starred as the Indians breezed past Washington 5-0 in what was regarded as the marquee game in the quarterfinals of the Public League soccer tournament Saturday at Juarez.
Lane is the host site for the semifinals Tuesday. The Indians advance to meet Lake View, which beat Prosser on penalty kicks earlier in the day. In the other bracket, defending Class 2A state champion Mather plays Kelly.
Defending city champion Mather defeated Curie 1-0. In the final game of the day, Kelly beat Schurz 4-1 as Omar Guzman had a goal and two assists for the Trojans.
It has been a strange year for Public League soccer, with the nearly two-week interruption due to the Chicago Teachers’ Union strike. In an abbreviated conference schedule, Lane captured the elite Premier league. Because of a quirk, Lane and Kelly did not meet in conference play.
“The strike didn’t really hurt us,” Jose Fuentes said, “because we have a lot of experienced and guys that know how to play.”
Jose Fuentes scored twice in the first half to stake the Indians (10-4-4) to a 2-0 lead at the break. “We got the goals early, and that boosted our morale and got us going,” he said. They marked his eighth and ninth goals of the year. He also has the same number of assists.
“On that second one, I just took it down the sidelines and made a great play on the ball,” he said.
Junior midfielder Robert Peia assisted Jose Fuentes’ second goal. He put the game away with a goal in the 60th minute.
Sergio Fuentes scored on a free kick just outside the box in the 70th minute. He bent the ball perfectly as it curled inside the near post. It was his fourth goal of the year. Senior midfielder Sebastian Castro added a final score in the 78th minute.
The Indians are excited and ready for the next stage. They are undefeated in the games they have played this year. The four losses are forfeits during Pepsi Showdown play they were forced to endure during the teachers’ strike.
Lane also swarmed Minuteman star senior midfielder Gabriel Martinez, and never let him become an offensive threat.
The Indians lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Mather in last year’s final. Their only tie in conference play also came against the Rangers. “We have a solid team, a good group, and we played well today, but we still have more we want to do,” Lane coach Andrew Ricks said.