The Woodstock High School varsity boys soccer team managed to eke out a win in the face of major pressure from crosstown rival Woodstock North, keeping the Streaks’ undefeated record intact.
WHS defeated host WNHS 2-1 Sept. 13 to move to 12-0 overall. The loss moved the Thunder to 2-7 on the season.
The first goal of the game, which came in the second half, went to the Thunder’s Jesus Sanchez, who was one of his team’s standouts on the night. But with 10 minutes left, Brian Rico equalized for the Streaks with an assist from Oscar Escorza.
A heads-up goal from Caleb Warmbier, his fifth of the season, kept the Streaks’ perfect record alive. A shot on the Thunder’s goal was knocked away and came to rest on the touchline. Most of the players on both sides thought the ball had gone out of bounds, but there was no whistle from the referee, and Warmbier buried a shot to give WHS the lead.
“Caleb said after the game, ‘You always tell us to play to the whistle, well I never heard one, so I went after the ball and finished,’ said WHS head coach Matt Warmbier, who is Caleb’s father.
The WHS coach said that the crosstown win felt good, but his team took away a needed lesson from the match.
“It’s nice to keep the streak alive. But more importantly, it was a learning experience for the guys to not underestimate opponents and make sure they’re on top of their game every single game, no matter who our opponent is,” Matt Warmbier said.
Thunder head coach John Liuzzi praised his players for their effort, singling out Sanchez and Mitch Ahrens.
“Mitch has come in for relief for our starting goalkeeper, who went out early in the season with an injury. He has come in as a backup, and he had 15 saves on the game today, and all of those were quality attempts,” Liuzzi said. “He’s a senior. He’s playing every minute this season and loving every second of it.”
The Thunder traveled to Antioch Sept. 14, where they lost 4-0. Next up for the team will be Marengo at home Thursday, Sept. 21.
The Streaks are set to play Richmond-Burton Sept. 18, Marengo Sept. 19, and Wauconda Wednesday, Sept. 23, all at home.