ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East boys soccer team defeated Glenbard North in convincing fashion to win their home tournament Saturday afternoon, scoring five unanswered goals in the second half for the 6-1 victory.
The Saints (11-1-1) got on the board first on a penalty kick by midfielder Jordan Moore. The penalty kick was set up by Saints’ midfield pressure, specifically Taylor Ortiz. The Saints' pressure dominated as the match unfolded.
“It’s a game of patience,” East coach Paul Jennison said. “…The message was simple, if we are patient and we get one, we can get three or four.”
Patient they were as the second half featured goals by Zach Manibog, Evan DiLeonardi, Zachary Newman, Mitchell Dorsey and Collin Sheehan.
The Saints beat Belvidere, 5-1, and Marmion, 2-0, to reach the championship match while Glenbard North defeated Elgin 2-1 and Plainfield Central 4-0.
Glenbard North’s Livre Emena was able to sneak a goal past goal keeper Steven Owens midway through the first half to tie the game at 1.
“At the end of the day we’re only going to be productive as a group,” Jennison said, “Not one guy here is going to win it alone.”
Marmion (7-8-0, 2-1 Chicago Catholic League) and Elgin (6-7-1, 0-3 conference) squared off in the third-place contest in which Elgin emerged victories on two early, second half scores. The goals came from sophomore Olaitan Ajayi and senior Juan Flores.
Elgin beat Plainfield Central while Marmion beat Belvidere to play in the third place match.
The Saints have a grueling week ahead. Tuesday they head to Larkin, Thursday they are home against Wheaton Academy and Saturday they face St. Charles North at home.
“It’s obviously a big confidence booster winning today the way we did against a quality opponent,” Jennison said, “we know that coming in we got three difficult games this (upcoming) week.”
While East gears up for their conference games, Marmion faces St. Francis Tuesday.
“We haven’t lost to St. Francis in a while and we’re playing them at home,” Marmion coach Ricky Del Toro said. “We always play well at home.”
The Cadets have not lost a home game in two seasons.