Simply, Jacobs boys soccer coach AJ Cappello is ecstatic to have senior Spencer Dixon in goal.
Dixon, who missed all of his junior season with a broken leg, is back in the nets for the Golden Eagles and is playing at a high level.
Collecting 5 crucial saves, Dixon's play in goal spearheaded the Golden Eagles' 1-0 win over Grayslake North in Fox Valley Conference crossover action at Jacobs Tuesday night.
"Spencer would have been our goalie last season and we would have been a different team," said Cappello. "We missed him last year. He is an aggressive goalie and he is capable of making the great save like he did tonight."
Out of Dixon's 5 saves, 2 were outstanding.
With 27:32 left in the first half, Christopher Zamora had a clear header in front of the goal, but Dixon was able to push the ball over the net.
At the 10:27 mark of the second half, Dixon came up big again making a diving save on a breakaway shot from the Knights' Jake Hensley.
"Grayslake North is a really good team and they had some really good shots on goal," said Dixon. "I just had to keep my focus and play with a lot of confidence. I had to have the mentality that I wasn't going to let up a goal. When we scored I could breathe a little easier, but I still had to keep my focus."
Missing some chances during the first 65 minutes of the game, Jacobs (2-2-1) was finally able to score on Knights' (3-5) junior goalie Dean Jones with 14:41 left in the contest.
Emerging from a pack in front of the net, Jacobs sophomore forward Konrad Wasilewski blasted a shot past Jones for the match's only goal.
"For a young player, Konrad has great striker instincts," said Cappello. "He was in the right place at the right time and had a great shot on goal. He is a very good player with a lot of talent and potential."
Grayslake North coach Adam DeCaluwe appreciated his team's effort, but didn't like the results.
"We played a very good aggressive first half, but we had some breakdowns in the second half," he said. "We had some really good chances but couldn't finish. Jacobs is a good team and they finished when they had to. We are starting to get it as a team and starting to show some progress."