Boys Soccer: Christopher Tovar lifs Nazareth over Elmwood Park
Updated: September 24, 2012 10:01PM
Nazareth’s Christopher Tovar is quiet off the field though dynamic when playing. He finds it hard to articulate his own success. “I can’t really answer that question,” he said.
The Nazareth junior forward continued his superlative play by scoring a goal and assisting another as the host Roadrunners eased past Elmwood Park 2-0 Monday in LaGrange Park.
He is not very big — 5-9, 150 pounds — but he is elusive, quick and hard to slow down in the open field. He raised his season totals to 22 goals and 12 assistss. He also helped the Roadrunners (11-4) overcome a style of play their coach, Doug Hunt, labeled “ugly,” in the first half.
Despite dominating possession time and shots on goal, Nazareth was caught in a scoreless match at the break. Tovar himself failed to convert two close-range balls. “We were definitely getting frustrated in the first half by our inability to not finish,” he said.
Nazreth finally broke through in the 45th minute. Tovar dribbled down left side and made a cross that freshman midfielder Kevin Vitek caught in stride and finished for the game’s first goal. “He made a great cross and it was an easy finish,” said Vitek of his second goal of the year.
Tovar added a score in the 55th minute by blasting in a ball off a throw in. “Once we finally got that first goal, we just relaxed a lot more,” he said. “I think the difference in the second half was we just started playing quicker with the ball and made better passes.
Elmwood Park (2-6-2) had several scoring opportunities that broke down in the final third of the contest.
“It’s the same problem we’ve had in a lot of our games this year,” senior defender Krystian Chalupczak said. “For whatever reason we don’t come out with the same confidence and energy in the second half of a close game.”