Herald-News (Joliet, IL)
October 7, 1997
CHUNG’S GOAL LIFTS PLAINFIELD
Author: Rick Armstrong
MINOOKA — Plainfield High School may have dominated the action, but it took a strong play from their finisher for the Wildcats to dispose of Minooka Monday night in Suburban Prairie Conference Red play.
Junior midfielder Pat Molinari delivered a picture-perfect centering pass from the far left wing and senior forward Chris Chung headed it past goalkeeper Wes Anderson and into the net from about 10 yards out to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead that held up.
It was Chung’s 17th goal of the season.
“I felt we dominated,” said Plainfield coach Steve Schermerhorn.
“We played a very possessive game and controlled the action.
We just didn’t finish very well.”
The visiting Wildcats peppered the Minooka goal with 24 shots but the Indians were never out of this one even though they managed to counter with just nine shots on goal.
Plainfield climbs to 9-5-2 overall and 3-3 in the league while Minooka falls to 2-14-1 and 1-7-1.
“We’ve had up to six starters out the last few weeks and we’re still waiting on one or two, but we’re finally playing with a full team now,” said Minooka coach Tim McEvilly.
“I think we stayed with them the first half.
The second half it was maybe a question of conditioning.
We have several players who may not be able to go the full 80 minutes.
We’ve lost a lot of games late in the match this season because we were a little shorthanded due to injury.”
Plainfield, which had defeated the Indians 6-1 in an earlier meeting, got an early wakeup call when senior forward Adam Bogart blasted a shot past Plainfield goalkeeper Ryan Manning from about 15 yards out after a Minooka free kick.
It came 9:35 into the game.
“Adam has four goals, in fact, they’ve all come in the last three or four games,” said McEvilly.
“We have four kids with three or four goals. Nobody’s really broken the bank.
But we’re getting a lot more action around the net lately.”
About seven minutes later, Plainfield answered with senior forward Joe Krotz scoring from about 15 yards out on a give-and-go with midfielder Bob Holland.
“Joe (Krotz) and Chris (Chung) have worked very well together this season. They’re very compatible,” said Schermerhorn.
“But Joe knows he’s not as strong a finisher as Chris so he’s got a lot more assists.”
On two occasions Chung let go strong blasts from 10-15 yards out in front of the net and was turned away by nice Anderson saves.
And three minutes before his game-winning goal, Chung picked up a pass in his own end and dribbled nearly 60 yards down the field on a line with the right post.
He had Krotz open on the left wing nearly the whole way but didn’t see him and Anderson came charging out of the net to make a nice save on another Chung blast.
“I was telling (Chung) his radar was one-tenth of a tick off,” said Schermerhorn.
Beacon News, The (Aurora, IL)
October 7, 1997
Plainfield 2, Minooka 1: Plainfield’s Chris Chung scored two goals and had one assist in the Wildcats’ Suburban Prairie Conference Red Division victory.
Joe Krotz scored Plainfield’s first goal, as the Wildcats moved to 9-5-2 overall and 3-3 in the SPC Red.