MATCH REPORT: Devils Capture Second Consecutive 1-0 Victory
Friday night, September 14, saw the Devils take to the field on Dickinson Stadium for the first time this season. A great attendance for the evening followed by a tight and tetchy first half as Naperville Central made the journey east to Hinsdale. A compacted midfield and crowded wings made it difficult to create any kind of space or chances for either side. The Devils had a slight upper hand through the onset of the first-half, but failed to create anything concrete. Nevertheless, the organization paid off and just less than twelve minutes into the second half, Kareem Touleimat played in a rapid Donald Chow, who drove hard towards the goal, set himself and executed a sweet strike into the bottom right corner.
Hinsdale Central’s electrified substitutes greeted Chow and the goal with a slight degree of relief as well as excitement. Chow’s celebration was echoed in his sentiment post-game, as he said, “this year I feel like we [the team] are more connected and our bond is tight,” key attributes for a team that could test high degrees of success this year. Chow discussed the team’s performance post-game as well, saying, “I think we held our composure really well...when we scored the goal, we stuck together and defended well.”
From a coaching perspective, a victory and a clean sheet is nothing more you can ask for. Hinsdale Central coach Michael Wiggins discussed Chow’s goal as well stating, “in a pretty even match he came up with a big strike at the right time and he gave us confidence. That’s important.” Notable performances came from everywhere in the Central team that night. The midfield relationships were key in remaining composed and structured as Central both absorbed pressure and drove in on the attack - solid performances from Kareem Touleimat and Ian Becker who went unsung on Friday. As did the striker partnership of John-Paul Lteif and Aidan White who each had - in their eyes - frustrating evenings as any striker would be not finding the net, but their calculated hold up play and high press made the Devils tick.