Hinsdale Central 2 Lincoln Way East 1
MATCH REPORT: A Late Goal From the Penalty Spot Leads Devils to Victory by Zamaan Qureshi
HINSDALE, Il. (Sepember 4, 2018) - Hinsdale Central came up against a tough test in Lincoln Way East. A game with plenty of talking points, Hinsdale Central was dominant in possession during the first half, but failed to capitalize on their opportunities, especially from set pieces. Coach Michael Wiggins wanted a flying start to the second half, but his plans were momentarily put on hold when East attacker Jackson Ditlik struck eight minutes after the break to put Central under pressure. Despite getting behind, Aidan White came up with a response just one hundred and twenty seconds later, reading a ball from captain John-Paul Lteif and smashing in a beauty of a volley into the side netting to put Central on level terms.
Speaking after the game, Wiggins commented saying “Aidan [White]’s goal was very symbolic of our team’s will and determination. It was inspiring to say the least, but I think what tends to get lost at times was the play that preceded it.” Recounting the events of the game, Wiggins gave praise to his goalkeeper in the lead up to the goal saying, “You may recall that there was a significant save made by Nathan [Goliak] that kept us in it, and as we transitioned, we found ourselves in the position for Aidan to tie it up. A great segment of time in the game, on both ends of the field.”
After leveling the score, the Devils put Lincoln Way East’s goal under siege as they continued to create attack after attack. Crosses, headers, shots from in and out, Central couldn’t find a breakthrough until five minutes from time when the referee penalized East’s goalkeeper and pointed to the spot. A cool, calm, collected Kosta Kinnas stepped up and put away his second penalty of the season.
“Obviously [we’re] pleased with the result. Anytime you can climb your way back, being down 0-1 in a game, and get the result, that is a good thing. This wasn’t the first time we have done this, so it wasn’t a surprise, we are fully capable. The concern is that we have found ourselves in that situation before and we don’t want that to become a regular thing.” No doubt Wiggins will appreciate the character his players showed on the pitch out there, but he will look to work things out in training as a difficult run of games follows them.