Soccer: Tigers Win on Senior Night


Tomas Moran, Copy Editor

The Wheaton Warrenville South Varsity Boys’ soccer team beat Sycamore 5-0 on Thursday, Oct. 6 at Red Grange Field.

This game was senior night for the Tigers, each senior was honored in a ceremony before their final match at home. “The legacy continues, the legacy of a historical program, and it’s fun to watch it continue at a very high level,” said Tiger soccer legend and Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame member Charlie Fajkus, whose number nine is the only retired number in Tiger athletics. “It’s a big night for them (seniors) and it’s a big night for their parents.”

The Tigers started the match very well; however, they were unable to score in the first half. South had many opportunities, they just weren’t able to convert them. The Sycamore Spartans maintained a goalless draw entering halftime. Nevertheless, WWS entered the second half with the objective of breaking the deadlock. “They felt they played some pretty good soccer through two of the thirds, it was just a matter of concentration and clarity on what they wanted to do in the final third,” indicated WWS head coach Guy Callipari. “So we brought attention to that, obviously, with focus, with intent, and purpose.”

Team captain Gael Alfaro scored the Tigers’ first goal of the match on a spectacular long-range free kick. After that, South couldn’t stop scoring. Chris Robles scored on a header from a pass by Alfaro. Chase Kedzior, another team captain, added to South’s tally with a shot to the left corner of the goal and Will Stec scored on a penalty kick. Finally, Nikhil Bawa converted a header from a corner kick to put the cherry on top. All five of South’s goal scorers were seniors. “We’re climbing, we’re playing well when we need to,” coach Callipari noted. “Hopefully we gain some momentum going into the playoffs.”