The Evanston Township High School boys’ soccer team took on Maine East on Oct. 10 in the Central Suburban League Crossover at Lazier Field in Evanston, and the Wildkits came away victorious against the Blue Demons by a score of 7-0.
The Kits took the lead when Dylan Taglang scored in the opening minutes of the contest. Then Matthew Webley made it 2-0 when he scored with 29:19 left in the first half. From there, Quinn Ackman made it 3-0 with a goal with 27:49 remaining. The Kits then added their fourth goal when Charlie Fies scored with 7:22 left in the half. Charlie’s goal would be the final goal of the half, as the hosts took a 4-0 tally into the intermission.
In the second half, Martin Torres Moreno extended the Kits’ lead to 5-0 with 10:49 left in the contest, which all but sealed the victory. Goals from Baruani Kamangila with 8:57 remaining and from Chhabi Darjee with 3:25 left made the final score 7-0.
When asked how he felt his team played against Maine East, Head Coach Franz Calixte said, “Good, good. I feel like we are back on the right track. We are playing team soccer and moving the ball very well.”
With the victory, the Kits improved to 13-1-2 overall. The 7-0 tally against Maine East also marked the Kits’ ninth shutout of the season. Regarding his team capturing yet another shutout, the Coach said, “That was the key thing we wanted to do was a shutout, because the last three games we did not get shutouts [in a 4-0 loss to New Trier, a 2-1 win against Quincy and a 2-2 tie with Neenah], so it was good to get back in the shutout column.”
After the Maine East victory, the Kits took on Hersey on Oct. 12 and made it two victories in a row, as the Kits beat the Huskies by a score of 4-2. Goal scorers for the Kits in that game included Frank Berkley, Baruani, Dylan, and Martin. With the victory, the Kits improved to 14-1-2 overall.
Next up, the Kits take on St. Ignatius on Oct. 17 to close out the regular season. Regarding that matchup, Coach Calixte said, “They won second in State in 2A last year, so they moved them up to 3A. So that should be a tough one.”
From there, the Kits open postseason play against Maine East on Oct. 22 in the IHSA Class 3A Evanston Regional round. Should the Kits win that matchup, they would take on the winner of Niles West and Prospect on Oct. 26 for the Regional title.
When asked what the keys to success will be for the Kits in the postseason, Coach Calixte said, “We just have to be consistent. One of the things we have done throughout the season is we create dangerous opportunities but we do not finish them on target. We are either [kicking them high] or kicking them wide.” The Coach continued, “So we need to keep it on frame. A lot of our shots and two of our goals [against Maine East] were rebounds, so that is what we tell them, keep it on frame, [because] there is going to be a rebound if we are hitting them right, so we [need to just] keep it in play.”