AURORA – Gavin Sanchez scored two goals and had an assist Thursday as the Marmion boys soccer team remained unbeaten at home for the season with a 3-0 win against Plainfield Central.
“He’s been in great form of late,” Marmion coach Ricky Del Toro said of Sanchez. “He’s been involved in most of our attack, whether getting assists or goals. He’s playing very well right now, and he’s playing left wing. He was playing attacking mid, in the center, at the beginning, but we’ve moved him to the left side, and he’s been great for us.”
Luke DeSimone also had a goal on what turned out to be an emotional senior night for Marmion (12-6-2).
Senior Flynn Collins, whose broken jaw ended his season early, made a cameo at the start of the game to be able to take the field for a final time before quickly being substituted out. He received hugs and well-wishes from his teammates.
“It was a nice way to say bye to the season for him,” Del Toro said.
St. Charles East 4, Wheaton Warrenville South 0: At St. Charles, Zach Manibog scored two goals and Taylor Ortiz and Jared Brown also tallied for East (16-0-4) in the nonconference match. East coach Paul Jennison called Ortiz’s, 25-yard shot into the top corner “a heck of a strike,” and also saluted a senior night crowd.
Hinsdale Central 1, Geneva 0: At Geneva, Hinsdale Central nipped Geneva with a late goal. Joe Mozden had 11 saves for the Vikings (7-9).
Batavia 2, Glenbard South 1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-22): At Glen Ellyn, Batavia won a thriller behind career highs in assists (34) from Audrey Faulhaber and digs (19) from Maddie Jaudon. Bulldogs coach Lori Trippi-Payne joked it was a “Michael Jordan” performance from Faulhaber, who was ill.
“Audrey Faulhaber put up a heck of an effort tonight,” Trippi-Payne said. “She’s very sick, and she toughed it out and played the match.”
Faulhaber also had five kills for Batavia (15-11), while Shea Stanley (15 kills) and Heather Meyer (14 kills, 15 digs) powered the attack. Glenbard South, the top seed in the 4A Morton Sectional, falls to 25-6.
Morris 2, Kaneland 1 (25-17, 26-28, 25-16): At Morris, Kaneland dropped the Northern Illinois Big 12 East match on the heels of an illness-plagued week, said Knights coach Kerri McCastland.
Burlington Central 2, Genoa-Kingston 0 (25-22, 25-22): At Genoa, Central notched the Big Northern East win to remain unbeaten in conference play.