Boys soccer: West Aurora secures first DuPage Valley win
Updated: September 20, 2012 10:36PM
Some extra shooting practice paid big dividends for West Aurora as the Blackhawks gained an early lead and kept defending in order to post a 3-2 DuPage Valley Conference win over Wheaton Warrenville South.
For West Aurora, the victory was particularly welcome as a first DVC victory opposite two losses while boosting the season record to 4-6-1 — a much more welcome mark considering a 2-0-1 season start. For the visiting Tigers, the ledgers dipped to 7-5 overall and 1-1 for league play.
“We didn’t give up at any time and best of all we took what we worked on in practice and put it on the field,” said West Aurora coach Joe Sustersic, who was sidelined for part of the week by illness. “(Assistant coach) Kevin (Briars) deserves some credit for helping put more of an emphasis on offense.”
The hosts withstood an early barrage of South shots with defenders making saves and follow-up clears. In addition, West goalie Alex Guillen rushed out to stop a potential breakaway by Patrick Nielsen just over 10 minutes into the match.
West Aurora gained the upper hand with 26:30 left in the opening half when Geovanni Martinez hustled to the ball after South keeper Timothy Reinders stopped a penalty kick. Martinez tucked the ball inside the left post.
“I had to react quickly to his block and just did my best to make it inside the left post,” Martinez said.
The Blackhawks claimed a 2-0 advantage when Danny Rotolo blasted a 29-yarder from the right wing for his first goal of the season.
“This was my first game as an attacking midfielder, so I took on a couple defenders to get open and I just did what we had worked on in practice, shoot hard and high,” Rotolo said. “It was so nice to see the ball hit the back of the net and to get a league win.”
The Tigers cut the gap to 2-1 by halftime thanks to Yusuf Yusuf following up on a rebound off a Guillen block. Earning an assist for the initial shot attempt was South co-captain Max Carey, who boasted 13 goals over the previous 11 matches.
West Aurora regained its two-goal margin with 25:07 left in regulation when Martinez fired a 31-yarder under the crossbar which left Tiger backup goalie Julio Crisostomo with no chance for a save.
“The keeper was toward the opposite side so I just aimed for the other post,” Martinez said in regard to his match-winner.
South continued applying pressure and Yusuf’s second goal off a cross came with 5:27 still to be played. The Tigers came back with another attack and had a potential tying goal and Yusuf hat trick ricochet off the right post with 4:23 left.