Boys Soccer: Familiar foes will meet at Aurora Central RegionalAurora Central Catholic's David Petesch (13) celebrates his first half goal with teammates Enrique Anaya (3), and Joaquin Macho Thursday at Marmion.
Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 3, 2012 6:18PM
If there’s one thing coaches agree on besides how difficult it is to beat a team twice, it’s how much harder it is to play an opponent three times.
Encore success or revenge is what the IHSA Class 1A playoffs come down to for Beacon-News area teams as the Aurora Central Regional opens Friday with Plano hosting Newark. The victor gains the chance to take on top-seeded Somonauk in a Tuesday semifinal, while the opposite bracket has No. 3 Aurora Central facing No. 2 Hinckley-Big Rock.
Apart from the fact that virtually every one has played everyone else, the regional could be a case of déjà vu to the Little Ten Conference Tournament, which will conclude Thursday with Somonauk taking on Hinckley-Big Rock for the title.
“Obviously, we all pretty much know what’s coming and it really is difficult to play any good team three times and get a positive result,” said Somonauk coach Dave Erasmus, mindful of how his Bobcats beat H-BR during the regular season and in the LTC tourney only to lose a 2011 regional title match to the Royals. “I’ve been doing this for 12 years and as time goes by, the top teams get closer and closer to each other in talent and skill. You just don’t see any one program dominate others anymore.”
Since opening 2012 with consecutive losses, Somonauk (15-2-2) is riding a 17-match unbeaten streak. Much of the Bobcats’ success can be attributed to a well-balanced offense that features double-figure point totals from six players — each of whom has at least one match-winner to his credit.
Senior Trevor Siegler’s 34 points (10 goals, 14 assists) is just ahead of sophomore Tommy Skupien’s 33 points (11 goals, 11 assists). Sophomore Josh Schmitt is next at 28 (team-high 12 goals, four assists).
“I believe the key for us is that we move the ball so well,” said Kyle Hatton, a senior defender who boasts 15 points (7 goals, 1 assist). “We’ve had really solid practices emphasizing hard work and that has translated onto the field in matches. Everyone wants to be the top seed for any kind of tournament, and we’ve earned both of the ones we’ve got. Now we’re determined to prove we deserve them.”