By Kennedy Werner
“Western down, Northern to go.” That is the motto for the WLC men’s soccer team. Adding yet another victory to the record, the boys ended the September 21 game 2-1, with goals from Strahinja Ljubevic and Robin Hedow. On home turf, Central came out on top against the rivals with impressive offense and defense. With a record of 4-1-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the division, WLC is tied for first with the Knights of WLN.
“I thought that Western’s team was pretty solid,” said junior captain and center midfielder Andrew Dalou, “Their goalie, Jimmy Hague, was their top defender.” In fact, Hague saved a penalty kick to keep Western in the game, although Central still fought harder for the win.
Keeping possession of the ball for majority of the game, Central’s offense knew when to attack, keeping Western on their toes at all times. Ljubevic and Dalou worked off each other, aggressively striking the corners anytime possible.
As for the intensity on the field during the game, “There isn’t a feeling like it. Once I think about how long Central has been playing Western, it is simply amazing,” said Dalou, “These games are never forgotten and whatever happens in that game or moment you will remember for years if not your whole life.” Not only were Central and Western’s athletes getting petulant with one another, but also the fans.
With cheers going back and forth at each other, both student sections cheered loyally for their respective teams. “Hearing the fans cheer is a great feeling and makes me want to keep scoring,” said Ljubevic, “It also motivates the team to win more games and continue to play well.”
As for this week’s game against WLN, this is the final determining factor of which team will come out on top and take the title of first place in the division. The game is September 24 at 7pm and is at home.
“It’s going to be a great game full of intensity from both sides. It’s an important game so we will be giving our all. Northern is a tough opponent and it will come down to who plays with more heart and puts their chances away,” said Ljubevic.