Balanced attack leads Plainfield NorthPlainfield North's Andres Castellanos (4) and Joliet Catholic Academy's Jameison Jamnik (2) fight for the head butt, at Thursday night's game between Joliet Catholic Academy and Plainfield North. | Paul James Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 15, 2011 9:30PM
Five different Plainfield North soccer players found the back of the net Thursday night while the well-positioned Tigers kept Joliet Catholic from doing the same.
The 5-0 victory at Plainfield North brought a big smile to the face of coach Jim O’Hara, who was less than happy earlier in the week.
“I’m very pleased from the way we played on Tuesday to how we played today,’’ O’Hara said, referring to a 2-0 Southwest Prairie Conference loss to Oswego.
“It was completely different. We played as a team. That was the thing we emphasized. We’re going to play as a team, we’re going to win as a team, we’re going to lose as a team. This was a huge bounce-back for us.’’
Logan Wright, Andres Castellanos, Danny Torres, Thomas DeVaux and Colin Donnally scored for Plainfield North (6-4-1). Torres and DeVaux scored 90 seconds apart six minutes into the second half to give the Tigers a 4-0 cushion.
Goalkeeper Jordan Collier recorded his fourth shutout and earned praise from his coach.
“He’s been playing fantastic,’’ O’Hara said. “A couple games we lost the goals that went in were completely not his fault. He’s playing very well, and when he’s on his game he’s aggressive and coming out. I love that part of his game.’’
Next for Plainfield North is a conference game Tuesday at Plainfield East.
“We’re looking to put a nice stretch together,’’ O’Hara said. “We have a very strong goal of winning conference.’’
Joliet Catholic (4-4-1) made an adjustment with its passing to counter Collier’s aggressive play, but the Hilltoppers were still unable to score.
“The first half I thought we were moving the ball pretty well,’’ Joliet Catholic coach Tom Cranmer said. “We had a couple mistakes on the defensive side and that kind of cost us.’’
Cranmer singled out midfielders Bryan Chavez and Nick Legare and defender Brennan Markley for their steady play this season.
“It’s kind of been frustrating,’’ Cranmer said. “We’ve put together some real nice games, and then we’ve had a second game like this where we kind of collapsed. We just kind of stopped moving.’’
Lemont 3, Thornton Fractional co-op 0: Tommy Gasienica, Kasparas Jasenauskas and Christian Mirowca netted goals for host Lemont (7-1, 3-1) in the South Suburban Blue.
Lincoln-Way Central 2, Sandburg 1 (OT): Alvin Landaverde’s goal made Lincoln-Way Central a winner in the semifinal at Lincoln-Way West.
Lincoln-Way Central 163, Lincoln-Way North 169: Lincoln-Way Central teammates Bryant Bolden and Tony Kestel each shot 40 to share medalist honors in the SouthWest Suburban Red dual at Ravisloe in Homewood.
Minooka 165, Plainfield East 176: Plainfield East’s Jake Kaufman (even-par 36) was the medalist in the Southwest Prairie meet at Heritage Bluffs. Jason Chobar’s 38 paced Minooka.
Lincoln-Way West 158, Bradley 158: Lincoln-Way West’s Will Knights carded a 36 to capture medalist accolades in the SouthWest Suburban Red dual at Manteno National.
Boys Cross Country
Plainfield South 18, Romeoville 41: Anthony Santillo won the 3-mile race in 18 minutes, 17 seconds for Plainfield South in the Southwest Prairie.
Plainfield Central triangular: Plainfield Central’s Brad Anderson (16:35) was the top runner in the Southwest Prairie meet. Plainfield East won first place with 23 points, besting Oswego East (43) and Plainfield Central (67).
Plainfield North triangular: Medalist Joey Santillo (15:39) helped Minooka (21) win the Southwest Prairie meet over Oswego (37) and Plainfield North (85).
Contributing: Josh Krockey