Hinsdale Central 4 Downers Grove South 1
MATCH REPORT: Four For The Devils by Zamaan Qureshi
DOWNERS GROVE, Il. (August 28, 2018) - The Red Devils picked up yet another three points as they headed to Downers Grove South on Tuesday (8/28). A game with plenty of history, and historically two strong sides. Dating back to Coach Michael Wiggins early days, the game was and continues to be special for him as the former Head Coach of the Downers Grove South program from 1994-2001. Wiggins being very much familiar with the program said, “it was nice to get back there, the last time we were there for a game was in 2004 when we suffered a tough loss that ended our season in the playoffs.” Capping off a four to one victory on Tuesday night, it was the Devils that took the early lead through top scorer Aidan White who picked up his fifth goal in five games for the Devils. A right-footed curler from inside the box gave the Devils the lead after recovering the play off the counter-attack.
Speaking after the game, Wiggins said, “I thought our approach to the game was right, the guys came out with good focus and determination.” Wiggins instilled into his players from the first to the last whistle, the importance of remaining focused, not taking any situation on the field lightly and he used every situation as a teachable moment. The second goal came from captain John-Paul Lteif giving Hinsdale Central a two goal advantage going into the break. Coming out of the half-time team talk, the Devils were raring to go and were awarded a penalty just after the break that fellow captain Kosta Kinnas tucked away taking Central up to three for the evening. However, the Devils strength was weakened by a DGS goal coming from sophomore Jonathan Flores. A frantic ten to fifteen minutes ensued for the Devils, but the Devils finally regained the upper hand of the game as Lteif grabbed his second goal for the evening after a clever dink over the on-rushing goalkeeper to restore the Devils three goal advantage.
The Devils back line and goalkeeper Nathan Goliak will be frustrated not to keep a clean sheet, but overall, a resounding victory for the Devils to take with them before heading to Indiana and DePauw University for two tough matchups. Lteif’s goal was largely the last action of the game with both coaches mutually deciding to call the game due to lightning and storm concerns. Speaking about the conceded goal, Wiggins said, “one thing we have been talking about is giving up goals. It [the goal] was just a matter of miscommunication, we had just made a few substitutions and these things happen.” Wiggins men will need a rock solid defense as they take on the giants of Peoria Notre Dame and Indianapolis North Central at Reavis Stadium, named after the family of a former Devils’ player Mitch Reavis. Speaking about the fixtures, Wiggins said, “it is a weekend of preparation that gives us a sense of what the best teams in the country look like. I fully expect our guys to come in a measure up against the best.”
Those matches are followed by a home match against Lincoln Way East on Tuesday, September 4th (KO: 4:30pm).