by Alex Gleyzer, staff reporter
The Wildcats capped off their Regional playoffs by beating Maine East on Friday night 3-0. The Wildcats ended the week going 2-0 scoring nine goals and allowing zero.
Jose Garcia, senior, led the pack by scoring four of the Cats goals this week, followed by Elias Cisneros, sophomore, and Luis Herrera, senior both scoring two goals and Francisco Arellano, junior, adding one as well.
Herrera would end up scoring the first goal on Friday’s contest with a header coming from a cross from teammate Michael Hernandez, senior. The goal would come with just 17 seconds remaining in the first half.
“I feel like I accomplished something by scoring tonight. Our forwards have explosive speed and we just need to keep on connecting and build more confidence in ourselves,” Herrera said.
“Being one up got us pumped up going into the half. We still had to play hard and keep focus because one simple mistake could have led to a turnover and changed the momentum of to game,” Hernandez added.
The Cats would continue their offensive dominance in the second half by controlling most of the offensive pressure. Garcia would add two more goals to put the Cats up 3-0. Garcia’s two goal game would be his second of the week with both goals coming from key assists from Ivan Mancilla, senior.
Along with the offense, the defense has taken prime form as well. The defense has not allowed a goal in 241 minutes spanning back three games to the MSL championship match.
“We try to got to every ball and win the second ball as well. If I win the ball or not I know that I still have to try and get it back,” Fabian Acosta Jr. junior, said.
“We focused on keeping things simple defensively. We had good clearances and avoided diving in. Nate (Laude) did a great job keeping us organized, and Fabian (Acosta Jr.) and (Alfredo) Rocha played extremely well,” Coach Lennon added.
The Wildcats will look to continue on their playoff success as they head to Evanston tonight to play New Trier in the first round of their sectionals matchup.
The Cats remain optimistic about the game and the future of the State playoffs as they continue their confidence in themselves and one another.
“We always keep our concentration in practice and in the game. It was a great night for the school, and it was an awesome accomplishment for the team,” Acosta Jr. Said.
“I’m glad to be with my teammates, we’re happy to have won tonight and their is still more to come,” Hernandez added.