Naperville North riding 11-match win streakDan Coleman (26) of Benet Academy and Kyle Lindberg (31) of Naperville North each put their foot into the ball. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 22, 2011 8:02PM
With each match that Naperville North avoids receiving an entry into the middle of its won-lost-tied ledger, the quality of the Huskies’ success grows — but so does the target on their back.
In addition to the No. 1 rating in the most recent Sun-Times poll, North’s other numbers continue to rise. Since a second-match of the season 2-2 draw at Oswego East (Aug. 27), the Huskies now have an 11-match victory streak as part of their 12-0-1 record. Included within that success are nine shutouts for goalie Kevin Anderson and his defensive teammates.
Offensively, North has outscored its opposition 34-5 following Tuesday’s 6-0 DuPage Valley Conference (3-0-0) triumph at Glenbard East.
Despite having coached the squad to a series of conference, regional, sectional and state finals appearances, Jim Konrad had never been on the sidelines as a coach for the championship of the Best of the West Tournament co-hosted by North and Naperville Central. That is until this year’s first-place showing, which was followed by the title from the Morton Tournament.
Prior to the whitewash of Glenbard East, North already boasted three of the Naperville area’s top point producers with senior Kyle Lindberg leading everyone with 20 points (off seven goals and six assists).
Huskie teammate Joe Sullivan has 17 points (6g/5a) as does Naperville Central’s Pay Flynn, who tops the chart for goals scored with eight (to go with one assist).
Benet’s Hunter Miller is fourth with 16 points (6g/4a) with North’s Evan Trychta following with 13 points (5g/3a). With nine shutouts, North’s Kevin Anderson paces the netminders with Naperville Central’s Mike Pavliga next in line with five clean sheets.
Freshman’s big game
Perhaps a byproduct of playing high-quality opposition, the only Sun area squad with a player capable of boasting a hat trick is Neuqua Valley freshman phenom Ryan Ross, who paced the Wildcats’ win over Metea Valley.
Coach Tony Kees’ Neuqua unit is also fifth on the most recent Top 10 poll with Naperville Central and Metea Valley included among the others receiving consideration.