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St. Charles North

Geneva boys soccer tops St. Charles North for first conference win

ST. CHARLES – Something had to give Thursday when the St. Charles North and Geneva boys soccer teams met with both sides looking for its first Upstate Eight Conference River Division win of the season.

What gave was the North Stars, as the Vikings came to town and cruised to a 3-0 victory to spoil North’s senior night.

The win moved the Vikings to 6-8 overall, 1-4 in the UEC River, while the North Stars fell to 2-9-2 and 0-2-1.

“We had a lot of close games, but we haven’t been able to finish,” said Grant Bracken, who scored the Vikings’ first goal 10 minutes into the match. “This win, with four games left, puts us in a good position heading into the playoffs.

“The first goal was very important. Coach [Ryan Estabrook] said we might only get a half in because of the weather, so I went out there as hard as I could to bring our team some energy.”

Igor Honore made it 2-0 with a goal midway through the second half, and Beck Nebergall put the game away when he found the back of the net with 14:45 left in the match.

“The second goal helped us a lot, and we were able to build off it with the third goal a few minutes later,” Bracken said. “Sometimes our team has a problem with our energy getting down after we take a lead, so it was good to keep scoring.”

Geneva’s Joe Mozden earned the shutout with 15 saves.

“We didn’t play well,” Estabrook said. “We’ve been on the other side of that. We’ve outplayed teams, but lost. That’s just soccer. I like being on this side a lot better. The bottom line is getting results, and we were able to do that today.”

Billy Larsen took the loss in net for the North Stars.

“That was very frustrating, and I’m sure more frustrating for the guys out on [the] field,” North coach Eric Willson said. “We had a significant amount of the play and a significant amount of the possessions.

“What they did very well is defend a lot of the balls we served up and did not give us a lot of clean looks. When they got opportunities, they capitalized on them. That is how you win soccer games. It continues to be a running theme for us, not really being able to find a way to win a game.”

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