Boys Soccer: Benet finds offensive groove in win over St Patrick

Updated: September 19, 2012 9:20PM



Benet is finding its offensive groove. The Redwings already have one of the state’s elite keepers in senior Kyle Dal Santo.

That is tough 1-2 punch to overcome for most teams.

Behind the star power of Brad Bozych, the visiting Redwings blitzed St. Patrick for six goals in the first half in the dominating 7-0 victory Wednesday at Resurrection on the northwest side.

Coming off their most impressive game of the year, a 4-1 victory in a weather-shortened game against West Chicago, Benet dominated the Shamrocks by taking advantage of a vicious wind to control possession time and create a near constant stream of shots on goal.

Bozych scored two goals in the first half for a team-best eight on the season. He also leads the team with 10 assists. Junior midfielder Paddy Lawler also scored twice for the Redwings (10-1-1, 3-0 East Suburban Catholic).

“The team has done a really good job of buying into the system,” the American University-bound Bozych said. Benet’s only loss was a 1-0 defeat to No. 1 Naperville Central in the final minute of the Best of the West Tournament.

They also have victories over DuPage Valley powers Naperville North and West Chicago. “We want to play against the best of the best,” he said.

Five different players scored the Redwings. Senior defender James Colletti and junior forward Eddie Manzke also scored in the first half. Senior defender Robert Tomecek registered two assists for the Redwings.

Junior midfielder Michael Rindler scored on a header in the 55th minute for the final score. Benet’s offensive dominance meant Dal Santo was rarely tested by the Shamrocks (3-8-1, 0-2-1). He recorded two saves in posting his sixth shut out of the year.

“St. Patrick played hard and they fought, but you get down early, against the wind and that’s a tough hole to get out of,” Benet coach Sean Wesley said. “We weren’t lucky early in the season. We were controlling games but it wasn’t necessarily reflected in the score line, and we won a lot of games 1-0 or 2-1.

“Offensively we’ve really started to pick it up, and we’re starting to do a better job of shooting and scoring on rebounds and you saw that today. We’re not necessarily playing better soccer, but we’re doing a better job of finishing.”

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