Posada nets three in Crete-Monee winCarlos Posada (9) Crete-Monee High School battles Kankakee High School goalie Heriberto Zavala (right) during varsity soccer action Thursday afternoon October 6, 2011 in Kankakee, Illinois. Posada scored three goals in Crete's 5-0 win. | Art Vassy~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 6, 2011 7:01PM
One hat trick down. One hat trick to go.
Crete-Monee’s Carlos Posada pulled within three goals of breaking Billy Savarino’s state record of 159 goals, scoring a hat trick versus Southland foe Kankakee in a 5-0 Warriors victory Thursday in Kankakee.
There was no doubt Crete-Monee coach Julian Lagunas was playing for the record.
“I’m playing Carlos the entire game,” Lagunas said before the game. “We want to get this done with and I don’t want to be the one responsible for him not breaking the record if he tweaks something.”
There was no doubt Kankakee didn’t want to be remembered for giving up the record.
“He’s scored enough goals against us,” Kankakee coach Pete Bretzlaff said before the game. “We don’t want him breaking the record on this field.”
Posada scored on a header less than six minutes into the game and would add another goal off a penalty kick with 3:31 left in the first half. After Kankakee (3-14-1, 2-7) defender Jack Rutherford blocked Posada’s shot at a wide open goal, Posada would blast home the rebound with 18:13 left in the second half. Posada would get one more shot at the net the remainder of the game, which was stopped by Kays goalie Heriberto Zavala.
“Carlos didn’t get his record, but that’s second to winning,” Lagunas said. “He still has two games to put it away.”
The record will have to wait until at least Tuesday when Crete-Monee (14-2-2, 7-1) takes on Rich Central at home on Senior Night. This season Posada netted a season-high six goals versus the Olympians.
“It’s frustrating and annoying, but I got to deal with it,” Posada said. “Hopefully I can break it on Senior Night.”
Jake Cogan scored on a Posada assist and Fernando Aguirre scored on a Matt Sadowski assists to cap the scoring.