Boys soccer: H-BR dominates Hiawatha in 1,000 varsity match
BY STEVE NEMETH For Sun-Times Media September 12, 2012 10:18PM
Updated: September 12, 2012 10:35PM
It was a grand evening of soccer for Hinckley-Big Rock, and the Royals partied hearty at the expense of Hiawatha to the tune of 10-0 shellacking.
It was the 1,000 varsity boys soccer match in H-BR history which produced a stellar turnout of alumni, students and community members which made the visiting Hawks’ role as spoilers practically impossible. Prior to the match, current Hinckley-Big Rock scoring standout Bernie Conley was part of a group photo featuring four of the school’s five 100-plus career goal scorers.
But the match started out as the Zach Michels Show as the senior forward scored at 6:04, 8:48 and 14:48 into the contest to boost the Royals’ records to 10-2-0 on the year and 3-1-0 in the Little Ten Conference. The all-time H-BR record thus far in 43 seasons now reads 720-223-57 — a .749 winning percentage. Hiawatha saw its ledgers evened at 5-5-0 and 2-2-0.
“Coach is always telling us to look for through balls and to run in front of the defenders, and that’s basically what I did,” Michels noted. “Eric (Phillips), Jared (Madden) and Billy (Weissinger) set me up for those three goals. Our outside midfielders did a good job of getting the ball into us so we could feed back to them and then have them cross it again.”
It was the kind of night when nothing could go right for the visitors and nothing could go wrong for the hosts. Madden set up Weissinger with 6:24 left in the opening half, Christian Johnsen converted a penalty kick, and at 3:32 prior to the halftime whistle, Jack Bullard’s blast caromed off the right post just right for Phillips to follow-up from four yards out.
Just 1:02 into the second half, Hinckley-Big Rock got another penalty kick and Conley converted that to cut the playing time down to 19:29. Four minutes later, Michel’s through ball led Conley perfectly for a one-on-one and a minute after that, Conley converted another PK to up his season tally to 22 goals and his career total to 116.
Hiawatha’s best scoring chance was a shot off the crossbar with 8:25 left and less than a minute later, H-BR completed the scoring with Dakota Reuland setting up Connor Nelson.