On a night when our energy was noticeably less than the previous night, we did just enough to get the win and earn the 3 points for the tournament, winning 2-1 over Streamwood. Streamwood played a great game in all phases except perhaps the finishing, otherwise the end result could have gone their way.
After sustaining a great amount of pressure during the opening 20 minutes, we slowly got adjusted to the game and started to play more intelligently and effectively. Despite our struggles early on, we somehow scored the game’s opening goal. Noah Sebens thundered a 50 yard cross to the far right side where a bolting Michael Blanke sprinted onto it and one-timed it past the SHS keeper. After that we did solve some of the struggles we were having in midfield, but Streamwood did keep coming.
Just two minutes into the 2nd half, Streamwood leveled the score when one of their attacking players (their right winger) anticipated a headed ball in behind our entire back line, and then skillfully lifted his shot into the BHS goal.
Ten minutes later, after Gio Guarnero was pulled down while making a crashing drive toward the SHS net, we regained the lead. Klaus Pallan smashed the free kick attempt over the Streamwood wall, and while the Sabres goalkeeper saved the shot, he did allow just enough of a rebound for Connor Delahunt to sprint onto it and poke home the game winning goal.
As the games last 25-30 minutes were played, Bronco goalkeeper Brett Sprengel was asked to come gather a few crosses and also collect a few attempts on goal. He played well again, for the 4th straight match.
Ethan Lew deserves much credit for his willingness to pressure and chase tonight. Lots of our boys gave everything during the match, but Lew worked exceptionally hard.
Also, a congratulations goes to junior Colton Wever who earned his first varsity start!
BHS – Michael Blanke (Noah Sebens) — 19th minute
SHS — 42nd minute
BHS – Connor Delahunt (Klaus Pallan) — 52nd minute