High school boys soccer: Dundee-Crown, Crystal Lake South play to draw, stay unbeaten in FVC
CRYSTAL LAKE – The two teams standing atop the Fox Valley Conference boys soccer standings met Thursday to determine who would become the front-runner.
It remains undecided.
After two overtimes and 100 total minutes of soccer, Dundee-Crown and Crystal Lake South played to a scoreless draw. If D-C (13-2-3, 4-0-1 FVC) and South (11-2-2, 3-0-1) were to finish even at the end of the season, they would share the conference title.
But, of course, there is a long way to go. Each team has about half of its FVC schedule remaining.
“It was a good battle between two really good teams,” South coach Brian Allen said. “We knew it was going to be a defensive battle and we were going to take a bend and not break mentality.”
The two teams have a bit of history between them. A year ago, South knocked out Dundee-Crown in a Class 3A regional championship match. It was D-C’s only loss in 2017.
On Thursday, South came out firing. The Gators outshot the Chargers, 4-2, in the first half, but D-C possessed the ball better in the latter part of the half. That carried over into the second half.
“It’s nice to see us show up to battle a team that’s been playing well and is dangerous,” D-C coach Rey Vargas said. “I thought we had opportunities to put the game away, but it just didn’t happen.”
Each team’s best scoring chances came on set pieces. D-C nearly scored on a corner kick with four minutes remaining in regulation. A header sailed inches over the top of the crossbar.
In the final minute of regulation, South’s Ryan Coughlin had a free kick from just outside the penalty area that D-C keeper Damian Smiech stopped, lunging to his right.
“He’s so good at just seeing the ball,” Vargas said of Smiech. “That vision he has, especially when things are being blocked and you can’t see where it’s going to go, he just ends up in the right place.”
Smiech made eight saves for D-C, and Gators keeper Matt McCaleb made three saves. Despite the difference in shots on goal, the quality scoring chances were fairly even.
Jabari Washington and Peyton Story clamped down in the back line for D-C. Washington spent much of the night on South’s Alex Canfield, who has 17 goals on the season.
“With a team with a fast player up top, we knew that we couldn’t just leave him unguarded,” Washington said. “We worked out a system where one [defender] always steps [up to Canfield], one drops."
Allen said he saw “spurts” from the Gators' offense, adding, “We’ve got to improve on finishing.”
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