Last season, the Evanston Township High School boys soccer team beat Taft in the Class 3A Maine South Regionals to earn a trip to the title game. This season, the Wildkits hoped, would be similarly successful. Unfortunately, the Kits have struggled a bit to the tune of a 3-5-3 overall record with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Even though his team is struggling a bit to score goals, Head Coach Franz Calixte says he is pleased with how his team is performing on the field of late. “Although we are struggling to put the ball in the net, we are playing very well,” said Coach Calixte. “We feel that we are nearing that corner and once it is turned, we will go on a long winning streak.”
The coach added, “Once we click, we will be a force to be reckoned with.”
The Kits were unable to click on Sept. 18, when they took on Central Suburban League South foe Glenbrook South. They were unable to get past the Titans, falling 4-1. With the defeat, the Kits’ conference record fell to 0-2-1.
“We started off strong, but we could not weather their storm,” said Calixte. “They are a good team with talented individuals. We would love to see them again in the playoffs.”
Two days later the Kits bounced back and beat archrival New Trier, 2-0, in Northfield. In that game, after a scoreless first half, the Kits took the lead when Cobi Ortega punched it through just over three minutes into the half. From there, the Kits defense held the Trevians in check the rest of the way, with C.J. Rushing adding another goal with just less than eight minutes remaining to give the Kits the victory. With this win, their first Central Suburban League South Conference victory of the season, the Kits improved to 3-5-3 overall.
The Kits hope they can carry the momentum of their New Trier game into the rest of the season. They will try to make it two wins in a row when they face off against CSL South conference champion Maine South tonight at Lazier Field in Evanston. Of Maine South Coach Calixte said, “They are a senior-heavy team with high expectations. They are physical and big and play very direct.” The coach added, “It should be an interesting matchup of two different styles.”
From there, the Wildkits will participate in the St. Viator Mid-State Classic on Sept. 28-29. That tournament will be followed on Oct. 1 by a matchup with Warren, who finished in the final four last season, in Evanston.
If the Kits can continue to play as they did against their long-time rivals, there is no telling where they will end up once Regionals begin in mid-October.