Now in the thick of its Southwest Prairie Conference schedule, the Minooka soccer team feels that it’s right where it should be. Especially after back-to-back wins in which the Indians won by a combined seven goals, including two shutouts.
On Thursday afternoon, it was Plainfield East who took its lumps, losing to the locals by a 3-0 score.
So, which is the most important aspect of the 7-0 shutout over two games? The shutouts or the seven goals?
“I always like the shutouts,” Minooka coach Chris Brolley said. “I can win 1-0 every time and I’d be happy.”
Giacomo Raimondi scored two of the three goals against the Bengals on Thursday. He said he likes seeing the ball hit the back of the opponent’s net.
“Both are important, but you always want to score goals, and to score seven goals in two games is phenomenal,” he said. “But just winning the two conference games is nice.”
Minooka is now 6-4-1 on the season and 3-1 in league play.
The score was 1-0 at halftime and the lone Indians’ goal came on a giveaway by the Bengals’ defense.
“Yeah, you could consider it some sort of a gift,” Raimondi said. “I saw the goalie come out. The ball rolled over to my side of the field and the goalie stayed where he was. I just put it past him.”
Brolley said that the Indians really were executing the game plan through the first half, just not taking advantage of what was presented to them.
“He’s (Raimondi) a good player. He and Matt (Dlugopulski) are up there and our defense was staying back and marked, which allows both to press,” he said. “Both do a good job of using their speed and quickness and skills. He (Raimondi) and Douggie (Dlugopulski) were getting the ball right on frame.
“Going up 1-0 at halftime really changes the game a bit. We stayed defensive and if it had been scoreless, we may have gone offense there. We still wanted to contain No. 7 (Ryan Olans). He’s one talented player. Even when we were up three, we were nervous that he would get one.”
“If we finished the chances we had, that game would have been put out in the first half,” Raimondi stated.
Raimondi scored the second goal of the game.
“I saw my teammate with the ball in the middle, I called him and, as I got the ball I saw a defender come at me fast. So, I just cut it back and he jumped and I put it in goal,” he said.
The final goal came off the foot of Luke St. Paul in the 48th minute.
“I hit it up and misfired, but went in and picked it up,” he said. “Eventually it was headed it over to me and I went to cross, but when the goalie came out I shot it in and it went in – low left.”
In goal, Alex Singletary made six saves, including staving off a barrage of corner kicks at the end of the game.
“We have a strong defense,” Singletary said. “They keep it tight back there and keep people out.”
The Indians host Morris at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
“We’re standing pretty good,” Singletary said. “We have a better record than we started out with. I think we’re doing pretty good.”