After beating Vernon Hills by a score of 1-0 on Oct. 4 and Deerfield on Oct. 6 by a score of 3-1, the Evanston Township High School boys soccer team looked to make it three victories in a row to close out the regular season when they took on St. Ignatius on Oct. 12.
The Wildkits were indeed able to get the job done in that contest as they edged out St. Ignatius 1-0. In that game, the teams played a scoreless first half and then the Kits were able to break the stalemate in the 25th minute of the second half, courtesy of a Will Weinman goal, which turned out to be the game winner as the visiting Kits held on to victory from there.
Head coach Franz Calixte said, “St. Ignatius was a strong team. It was a good win. We missed a couple good chances to increase the lead, but we were very stingy with giving them opportunities. We made some slight changes to the lineup that worked very well.”
With the victory, the Kits finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-5-2. When asked to evaluate the season as a whole, Coach Calixte said, “This season had many ups and downs in trying to find our identity.” The Coach explained, “We always knew that filling the void of last year’s seniors was going to be difficult, but we also went through injuries that continued to challenge us.” The Coach continued, “The point of the regular season for us is to figure out who we will be in the playoffs. We believe we know now [what type of team we will be] and we are confident that we will be playing our best soccer of the year [as we enter the playoffs].”
With the regular season now complete, the Kits were set to open the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the 19-team IHSA Class 3A Evanston Sectional field. Regarding the team’s goals and expectations for the playoffs, Coach Calixte said “[We want] to play our best soccer, to play for each other and to win as many games as we can.”
In order to accomplish that, Coach Calixte said, “Focus and discipline is key. We gave up too many goals off mental lapses. We must be locked in for the entire game.” The Coach also added, “It will be a very difficult playoff run, so we need as many people as we can get in the stands,” encouraging Kits fans to come out to these important games and cheer their favorite team on.
On Oct. 16, the Wildkits won their first postseason game in the regionals with a 3-0 victory against Hersey. Will Weinman (shown in photo below) scored two goals, and earned an assist on the Kits’ third goal. Will now has 10 goals for the season.
ETHS advances to the regional championship game against Glenbrook North on Oct. 20. If the Kits win the Regional title, they would open Sectional play on Oct. 24 at Lazier Field in Evanston.