The Barrington boy soccer team ended a successful week with another victory and 3 more points.
The Broncos treated a big homecoming crowd to an impressive 3-0 victory over Hoffman Estates on Saturday.
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The win appears to be setting up a regular-season finale with Palatine to decide the Mid-Suburban West champion and a spot in the MSL Cup championship match on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Barrington (15-2-2, 8-1-0) used three quick first-half strikes to take control against the Hawks (1-11-2, 0-8-1). The Broncos are 1 point behind Palatine (25-24), who was idle on Saturday, in the MSL standings.
The Broncos will host Prospect Tuesday while the league-leading Pirates travel to Buffalo Grove, which is currently even with Hersey in the race for the MSL East division title.
"This was a game we needed and wanted, but nobody on this team is going to look past Prospect or our match with Palatine could mean nothing," said Barrington's Danny Jaderholm.
The senior striker hit the game-winner last Thursday in a 1-0 decision over Schaumburg to keep Barrington's hopes alive for a trip to the 37th annual MSL Cup and its first since 2008.
"We haven't scored a first-half goal since maybe our game with Mundelein (Sept. 8) so it was good to see us get out to an early lead," said Broncos coach Scott Steib. "And especially on a day with so many distractions associated with homecoming weekend, and against another MSL team, which always can be trouble if you allow them to do so."
The Hawks, who have had more than their share of bad luck with injuries, lost another when Mynor Sarti suffered a fractured left foot against Elk Grove earlier in the week.
"Mynor was a junior varsity player last season but he really worked hard during the off-season," said Hawks coach Matt Sriver. "He has been one of those pleasant surprises that you need when you're struggling with so many new players, and various injuries taking down one player after another.
"At this point, all we're asking is for the guys to play hard and with a lot of pride. Even though we went down fairly early in the match today, everybody was giving it 100 percent right to the final whistle."
That final whistle was provided by center official Robert Crumrine, who earlier in the day participated in the homecoming parade atop a float which honored former Barrington students. Crumrine recently celebrated his 50th high school reunion.
Freshman Kendall Stork found the back of the net in the 11th minute, and again four minutes later.
The first goal came with the help of Griffin Claes and Craig Zahour.
Stork's second tally, his 10th of the season, came when he drove his a past keeper Kyle Lancor after a wonderful serve from Ethan Claes.
There was only a brief respite for the Hawks, who conceded a third goal just before the half-hour.
That's when Logan Morris managed to head past Lancor, who could only watch after Zahour and David Conrad played a nice combination to set it up.
Hoffman Estates' Misael Vargas tested keeper Alex Broderick, who came on for Pat Deroche after the break. But that was about it for the Hawks, who were unable to pry open a Broncos back line which has recorded 11 shutouts, and six in a row.
"There's a lot reasons for our success thus far, but it has been our defense, from the very beginning, which has stood out in every game," Jaderholm said.