Boys Soccer: Waubonsie Valley topples Metea ValleyMetea Valley goaltender Gabe Gongora makes a diving save against Waubonsie Valley in Aurora on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 4, 2012 9:55PM
Gytis Savukynas isn’t a goal-scoring machine, but he played one in Aurora on Thursday night.
The senior scored a pair of goals, only his second and third goals of the season, to lead Waubonsie Valley to a 2-0 victory over Metea Valley in an Upstate Eight Valley soccer match at Waubonsie Valley.
“I’m really not a scorer,” Savukynas said. “I’m just excited that we’re playing to our potential and finally putting it together and playing well.”
Savukynas, who took the field with one goal on the season, put the Warriors ahead 1-0 with 22:03 left in the first half when he was able to secure a loose ball and then create his own scoring chance.
Dribbling the ball toward the goal, Savukynas seemingly tapped the ball too far ahead of himself and was worried teammate Derek Schafer would step in and congest the area. It didn’t happen and Savukynas was able to sneak a shot just inside the left post.
“I just poked it from the guy to get it and then was worried Schafer would touch it,” he said. “He didn’t and I’m just glad I was able to score it.”
Waubonsie Valley (10-6-1, 3-3) basically assured itself of its fifth straight victory when Savukynas gave the Warriors some breathing room. It came when he blasted a line shot from about 35 yards out with 8:50 left in the second half to make it 2-0.
“It took us 50 minutes to get going and we had a shot but we’ve got to play all 80 minutes,” Metea Valley coach Josh Robinson said. “We haven’t done that this season and then Gytis had that great shot which really got us down.”
Metea Valley (7-6-3, 2-4) had nearly scored the equalizer with 16:42 left in the contest when Jake Goehring’s shot attempt hit the right post dead-on, caroming backward but without a Mustangs player in the vicinity to pounce on it and send it in via rebound.
It just wasn’t a good night for the Mustangs, while the Warriors had good reason to celebrate on Senior Night. All of Waubonsie Valley’s starters were seniors except for sophomore goalkeeper Eddy Sanchez.
“I think today was one of our better games from the energy standpoint,” Waubonsie Valley coach Angelo DiBernardo said. “All in all I think it was a good game.”