Boys Varsity Soccer
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Oct 11, 2016
- PIONEERS: 1
SOMONAUK HIGH SCHOOL: 3
By Daniel Makarewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 11, 2016
PRINCETON -- Being one step slow and one pass away on Tuesday night meant the Alleman boys' soccer team saw a postseason streak extend one more year.
Unable to establish a consistent offensive rhythm, the sixth-seeded Pioneers were forced to absorb a 3-1, double-overtime loss to third-seeded Somonauk in a Class 1A Princeton Regional semifinal at Bryant Field. The defeat means Alleman has not won a postseason match since 2012.
"It was an 'off' night," Alleman coach Carey Sodawasser said. "We just couldn't get stuff put together."
Alleman (9-8-1), which had its best record in 11 years, ended the season on a three-match losing streak. The finale of it was had to accept.
At no point did the Pioneers have any continuity on offense. Any charge toward the goal was thwarted by an errant pass or one extra touch. Somonauk (12-6-3) had little trouble keeping its defensive third clear.
"We had the mindset of anything less than a regional title would be disappointing," Alleman senior midfielder Tommy Schmitt said. "With the result, it's more than disappointing."
The finishing act came in a four-minute stretch in the first overtime when Somonauk senior forward John Johnson scored twice to put the Pioneers in a 3-1 hole. After that, Alleman did not have a shot on goal in the last 12 minutes of overtime.
Johnson's first goal in that sequence came on a one-on-one opportunity against Alleman keeper Zach Pinc started off an errant clear.
"I had a rough time finishing in the first half, so I wanted to make sure I put one on frame," said Johnson, who recorded a hat trick. "We preach to pressure the backs and make them make a mistake so we can get a breakaway."
Scoreless at intermission, Johnson gave the Bobcats a lead after flicking David Torres' pass into the net in the 47th minute.
Fifteen minutes later, the Pioneers tied the match when Patrick Schmitt received a Miguel Stoll feed on the right wing and buried a shot to the far post.
"After Patrick scored that goal, I definitely thought we were going to win that game," Tommy Schmitt said. "We had pressure and the momentum. I didn't know what else to expect other than a win."
Over the next five minutes, the Pioneers attacked the goal. Tony Anderson had a shot ring off the crossbar and two other chances were stopped. Alleman's surge could not produce another goal.
"Once they dodge our bullet, we couldn't throw anymore punches," Tommy Schmitt said. "That really hurt us."
For a fourth consecutive season, Alleman's season ends in its first regional match.
"We weren't outclassed," Sodawasser said. "They did what they needed to do and finished on their opportunities."