Boys soccer: Herrera's strikes lead York past Leyden

  • Leyden's Alan Vazquez (10) and York's Timur Turkoglu during boys soccer Tuesday in Elmhurst. York's Anthony Flores (6) is also pictured.

      Leyden's Alan Vazquez (10) and York's Timur Turkoglu during boys soccer Tuesday in Elmhurst. York's Anthony Flores (6) is also pictured. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Leyden's Alan Vazquez (10) and York's Chase McNeill (14) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      Leyden's Alan Vazquez (10) and York's Chase McNeill (14) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Anthony Flores (6) heads the ball past Leyden's Alan Vazquez (10) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      York's Anthony Flores (6) heads the ball past Leyden's Alan Vazquez (10) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Brendan Haran (20) tries to head the ball past Leyden's keeper Kai Kopera (1) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      York's Brendan Haran (20) tries to head the ball past Leyden's keeper Kai Kopera (1) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Ryan Woolfe (15) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      York's Ryan Woolfe (15) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Jose Herrera (7) celebrates a goal with his teammates during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      York's Jose Herrera (7) celebrates a goal with his teammates during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Jose Herrera (7) runs past Leyden's keeper Kai Kopera (1) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      York's Jose Herrera (7) runs past Leyden's keeper Kai Kopera (1) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Erik Barishman (9) tries to head in a shot during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      York's Erik Barishman (9) tries to head in a shot during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Leyden's Chris Hernandez (7) and York's Arlind Methoxha (13) collide during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      Leyden's Chris Hernandez (7) and York's Arlind Methoxha (13) collide during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Connor Bare (11) knocks a shot away from his keeper Ricardo Torres (0) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst.

      York's Connor Bare (11) knocks a shot away from his keeper Ricardo Torres (0) during boys soccer Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Elmhurst. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
By Mike Garofola
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/13/2021 10:00 PM

York opened with a breathtaking first period of attacking soccer while sophomore Jose Herrera bagged goals in both halves to help lead the Dukes (5-3-1) to an impressive 2-1 victory Tuesday night in Elmhurst over visiting Leyden in a West Suburban Conference boys soccer crossover game.

"Our first half was not very good and although we played much better in the second half (York) was better than we were and deserved the victory," said Leyden coach Mark Valintis, who will now get his team ready for its biggest test of the season when it plays state power Morton on Thursday for the WSC Gold crown.

 

"This was a very good win for us tonight against a team that plays a very attractive style of soccer, which I thought we did a good job of keeping them under control for most of the night," said York head coach Jordan Stopka.

It was an ominous start for the home side, which squandered a trio of chances in the first quarter hour, the best perhaps coming in the 8th minute when Yael Silvestre broke free and in on Leyden (7-3-0) keeper Isael Marin, who bravely turned away the point-blank attempt.

Silvestre, Herrera and Erik Barishman were a constant thorn for the Eagles all throughout the first half with their pressure applied up top and hard running at Leyden back line, which defended far more than it would have liked.

"We came out and wanted to keep the pressure on them and with our midfield taking control, we were able to keep them from getting out of their own end and allow us to attack," said Herrera.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Herrera's opener came when he ran onto a superb cross from the left foot of teammate Ryan Woolfe, whose inch-perfect helper allowed Herrera to one-time his effort into the back of the net on the end of his run into the box at 17 minutes.

Marin and his counterpart on the other end of the park, Ricardo Torres, would each keep their side clean from there on out with both keepers not only making important saves but also taking command of their box when called upon.

The Dukes would double their advantage in the 47th minute when Chase McNeill collected the ball on the left side, burst free of a pair of Eagles, then curled a brilliant ball up to the ever present Herrera, who went up and over Marin as Marin came off his line to challenge and cut the angle on the speedy Herrera.

Although chasing two goals, the Eagles would not go away as they went in search of pulling one back to make a game of it.

Pablo Mancha, Alan Jacinto, Alan Vazquez and Javier Solis would find their way through and into the final third with more regularity, but with the Dukes back line of Connor Bare, Anthony Flores, Arlind Methoxha and Timur Turkoglu holding firm, the Eagles were only able to convert a PK from Mancha three minutes from time

"Our defense did the job tonight, plus Jose scored two great goals for us, so we look to carry this effort into next game when we play Addison Trail," said Stopka.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.