Boys Soccer: Hinckley-Big Rock captures regional title in win over SomonaukHinckley-Big Rock's Jared Madden taps the ball past Somonauk goalkeeper Kevin Zaleski for the first goal of the game during the Aurora Central Catholic regionals on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 13, 2012 10:23PM
In the third meeting for Hinckley-Big Rock and Somonauk this season, there was a lot on the line.
After two regular season losses to the Bobcats, it was the Royals who came out on top with a 2-0 win in the Class 1A Aurora Central Catholic Regional championship on a sloppy, rainy Saturday afternoon.
Hinckley-Big Rock’s Jared Madden scored the winning goal in the 26th minute when the Royals sequenced together a good run through the middle. Connor Nelson eventually played the ball through to Madden, who secured possession and sent a right-footed shot past Somonauk goalie Daniel Reiss.
“We didn’t want it to end today,” said Madden, who scored five goals during the regional. “I am really starting to feel so good health-wise. I’m finally injury-free.”
The Royals maintained their 1-0 lead at halftime and they increased it to 2-0 when Bernie Conley converted on a penalty kick in the 51st minute.
The real story was the defensive effort put forth by the Royals (18-4) as they held the Bobcats without a goal — only the second time the Royals have held a team scoreless this season.
Defenders Tom Sanders, Christian Johnsen, Baily McQueen, Andrew Klambauer along with sophomore goalie Jason Bohannon preserved the shutout.
“We put all three phases together — defense, midfield and offense,” Madden said. “To get a shutout against a team as good as Samounak — in these wet conditions, is really quite something.”
Royals coach Paul Taeuber said he was pleased with his team’s ability to finish.
“We have a tendency to let teams back into games and today we didn’t do that,” Taeuber said. “It was great to see the boys stay and remained focused on the task at hand — especially against a good, quality opponent.”
Samonauk (18-3-2) did generate several corner-kick opportunities, but ultimately couldn’t solve Bohannon.
Bobcats coach Dave Erasmus was disappointed that his team’s season ended this soon.
“You have two state-quality teams playing each other three times a year,” Eramus said. “This should be a sectional championship or supersectional championship. They played a great game. It is tough to beat any team three times in one season especially when two teams play that well and are that good.”
Hinckley-Big Rock advances to meet Princeton at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Class 1A Mendota Sectional semifinal match.