Devils Raring to Go for Season Ahead
By Zamaan Qureshi
HINSDALE, Il. (August 27, 2019) - Hinsdale Central Red Devils took on Oswego East’s Wolves on Tuesday, August 27 for the season opener. Head Coach Michael Wiggins put out a strong side and handed varsity debuts to thirteen players in his squad which consists of all juniors and seniors.
Both sides got off to a sluggish start with few chances and lacked a general fluidity going into the break. Senior striker Aidan White came close on one or two occasions and will hope to be the main source of goals, this season.
The Red Devils came to life in the second half, however, indicative of tactical changes and a different mentality, began to dominate possession of the ball, midfield trio of Max Ewing, Ian Becker, and junior Christian Gambla dictated the movement of the ball over the center of the pitch to good effect. The first goal came from Aidan White, just four minutes after the break. A deft chip from Christian Gambla into the penalty area allowed White to volley home from close range. The second goal game just two minutes later with White setting up Joey Morris who danced his way through two defenders and aptly placed the ball into the bottom right corner.
It was plain sailing for much of the game, after the two goals went in, allowing Wiggins to hand debuts to many of his players off the bench, giving them a chance to impress in a difficult starting eleven to break in to. The evening was capped off by a bullet header from Andrew Carras off of a Nic St John set piece.
Commenting after the game Wiggins said that the game was indicated of a “typical first game” with “spurts of really nice things and “extended stretches where we were disconnected.” But the most important part for Wiggins was being able to play players in unfamiliar systems “and seeing how they respond[ed] under pressure.”
For co-captain Max Ewing it just took a “mentality switch” to get going and eventually to play “nice and clean” soccer.
Overall a solid night for the Devils who’d go on to play in the Tradition Classic at DePauw University later that weekend, beating North Central (IN) 3-2 (G: Becker, White, St John) and falling to Peoria Notre Dame 4-1 (G: Ian Becker).
Goals: White (44’), Morris (46’), Carras (67’)