Posada puts in four as Warriors rollCrete-Monee Warrior's Carlos Posada (9) takes a shot on goal as Beecher Bobcats' A.J. Johns (7) ties to stop him during the first half of a soccer game on Monday, August 22, 2011, in Crete, Ill. | John Smierciak~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 22, 2011 9:09PM
Four down. Forty-six to go.
Crete-Monee forward Carlos Posada scored four goals in a 7-2 win Monday night over Beecher in the season opener for both teams.
The four goals put him 46 away from the IHSA record for a career.
Posada scored essentially every way possible. He scored on a free kick, and a header in the first half and on a breakaway and with some fancy footwork through multiple defenders in the second.
Despite his four goals and one assist, Posada thought the victory was a display of teamwork.
“We played as a team today,” Posada said. “We’ve got a tough team and we’ve got more than one player that is going to do work this year.”
One of those players is Ryan Sadowski.
Sadowski opened up the scoring just over 10 minutes into the game, finding a loose ball (off a corner kick) inside the box and firing it home. Posada would add a goal on a free kick just outside the box, but minutes later Beecher would cut the lead in half on a header by Cody Wyatt.
Sadowski came right back with a goal eight minutes later, making it 3-1 Crete-Monee with 23:30 left in the first half.
“It’s nice having other people, because if for some reason Carlos has an off game the other team can put more guys on us and then we can find him,” Sadowski said.
Less than nine minutes after making it 3-1, Sadowski centered a beautiful pass from the left corner that Posada headed into the back of the net to make it 4-1. With two seconds left in the half ,Posada followed in Sadowski’s footsteps with a nice centering pass of his own, which Jake Cogan put home to make it 5-1.
Posada scored on a breakaway, thanks to an assist from midfield off the foot of Brandon Hickey, to make it 6-1, five minutes into the second half. Posada used fancy footwork inside the box to get by two Beecher defenders to make it 7-1 nine minutes later.
Beecher coach Dawn Compton saw a game plan for Posada go out the window. In her defense, she isn’t the only coach to have that happen.
“He scored at least three on us last season and we didn’t execute our new plan,” Compton said. “He just kept getting by us.”
David Utermark closed the scoring for Beecher.