Monday, November 2, 2015

Class 1A State Champs!

The Timothy Boys Soccer Team became State Champs after winning 4-1 Saturday evening against Anna-Jonesboro. The boys had quite the weekend at State, scoring 8 goals total and giving up just 2. It all started Friday night at 7pm with a big semi-final match against Urbana (University). Urbana came into the game undefeated on the season. The game started with the Trojans coming out of the gate slow. Urbana dominated much of the possession of the first half and produced some dangerous scoring opportunities early. The Trojans then gained some momentum and 35 minutes into the game Mitch Evenhouse (Sr.) scored a header off a great throw by Ben Lodewyk (Sr.). Just 80 seconds later, Senior Eryk Biegunski finished a rebound to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead going into the half.

While it was great having the lead, the Trojans knew Urbana would come out hard after the halftime break, and they did exactly that. The Boys were able to weather the attack and after some scrappy play in the box Jimmy Allen was set up for an easy tap in goal (assist Ben Lodewyk). Urbana scored their lone goal soon after but were unable to develop many more dangerous scoring opportunities. Timothy capped off the night with a goal assisted once again by Senior Ben Lodewyk and put away by Senior Mitch Evenhouse. The Trojans finished with a 4-1 victory and with the championship within their grasps.

On Saturday evening, the Trojans won 4-1 once again to capture their 2nd ever soccer state championship. This game began differently than the first. The Trojans dominated in the first minutes of the leading up to their opening goal. On the goal, Senior Ben Lodewyk made a blazing run from the center back and eventually put a beautiful cross by Michael Martens away to make it 1-0. All the momentum seemed to be in the Trojans hands but just over a minute later the Wildcats of Anna-Jonesboro were able to level things. The rest of the half continued to be played level by both teams and ended with a 1-1 score line. The second half continued just as the first ended, with level play by both sides. This all changed about 20 minutes into the second half, when the flood gates opened for the Trojans. First, Sophomore Jimmy Allen scored a rebound goal off a 20 yard shot by Junior Josh Anderson. Then, just a minute and a half later, Josh Anderson played a free kick through the box that Junior Trevor Hoogendoorn was able to get a foot on and redirect into the back of the net. Finally, Sophomore Mike Martens capped off the magical 2 minutes with a 25 yard shot in the top corner just 25 seconds later to make the score 4-1. After the scoring barrage, the boys were able to hold on to the lead and win the championship match 4-1!

Regardless of the result, the boy's performances this weekend were ones that everyone in the TC Family should be proud of. The boys showed a ton of heart, drive, and character through their two matches played at state and through the entirety of the season. It is great that the boys get to end such a great season on such a high note! There is not a more deserving group of boys in the state! Also, a huge thank you and congratulations to all the fans that came out to support us and to those that were watching from back home! Your passion and support gave us energy this weekend and the entire long season! This Championship is something you had a huge part of! Thank you!

Pictures and Soccer Banquet Plans soon to follow!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

TC is Going to State!

For the second year in a row the Timothy Trojans Boys Soccer Team has advanced to go down to State! They did so Tuesday night after a 2-1 victory over Latin High School. After losing to Latin during the regular season, this was a game the boys were very much looking forward to. Their passion could be seen from the first minute to the last. Both teams started the game quick, and with the wet turf and a skipping ball the game was quick for its entirety. Timothy was the first to strike less than 15 minutes into the game. Junior Captain Josh Anderson finished off a great cross by Senior Captain Ben Lodewyk to put the Trojans up 1-0. The Trojans would score again in the half off a scrum in Latin's box that Ben Lodewyk would win and calmly put away. The Trojans were up 2-0 at halftime but the game was clearly not won yet.

To start the second half Latin sent numbers forward in hopes of finishing an early goal. However, great play from the backline as well as keeper Noah Marrera prevented them from doing so. Timothy built up several dangerous scoring opportunities to put the game out of reach but could not bury the important third goal. With 45 seconds left in the half, a hand ball was called in Timothy's box giving Latin a PK that was made to make it 2-1. But it was too little too late for Latin. At final time Timothy walked away with the 2-1 win and the Super-Sectional Championship plaque. The game may not have been the most beautiful soccer but the Trojans did what they had to do to get themselves back down to State!

Thank you for all your support in the rain and cold last night! Your constant support is an extra motivation for us! We look forward to seeing you again down at the Corn Crib for our State Semi-Final Match Friday the 30th at 7:00pm against Urbana University High School!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

TC Sectional Champs Once Again!

The Timothy Boys Soccer Team won Sectionals for the 3rd year straight after beating University High School 4-2 in overtime. The game was a thriller full of ups and downs for the Trojans. The Maroons of U. High had a great start and jumped to a 1-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. While it was a devastating blow, the boys regrouped and began to give themselves some chances. It was not long until Senior Captain Ben Lodewyk drew a foul in the Maroons box to earn a PK. Calm and composed, Ben Lodewyk finished the PK to tie the score at 1-1. The half was played fairly even in the time that followed but U. High was able to capitalize on another of their opportunities to take the 2-1 lead going into halftime.

The start of the second half saw the Maroons put the Trojans under an incredible amount of pressure. In the midst of the pressure, our boys did not concede another goal with the great play of the backline  and especially goalkeeper Noah Marrera. Once the Trojans stopped the initial rush that U. High brought, they then took control of the game. After developing several dangerous scoring opportunities, Jimmy Allen (Sophomore) finally tied the game after a great play to cause an own goal by the Maroons. Regulation time ended 2-2 but it was clear that Timothy had all the momentum heading into overtime.

This momentum lead to Timothy controlling much of overtime. Less than 5 minutes into overtime, Junior Nate Bouman stepped up with a great run that lead to the game winning goal to make it 3-2. The Trojans continued to control the run of play after the huge goal, and Sophomore Jimmy Allen all but ended things with a great header goal off a Josh Anderson corner (Jr.) to make the score 4-2.

Thank you fans for all your support at the game on Saturday and throughout this entire season! We look forward to seeing you again Tuesday night at 7pm as we take on Latin High School at Benedictine University!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

TC Moves on to Sectional Final!

The Trojans will play in the Sectional Final on Saturday after a 4-1 win over Phoenix Military Academy in the Semi-final on Tuesday. The boys came out and immediately put the Firebirds under pressure. It was not long until Junior center back Nate Daniels finished a header from a great assist by Ben Lodewyk (Sr.). Sophomore Jimmy Allen followed the goal closely with a goal of his own off a well struck free kick by Josh Anderson (Jr.). While the Firebirds did produce some dangerous scoring opportunities, the Trojans controlled much of the first half and had some great string of possession. Jimmy Allen closed the scoring of the half with technical finish off a run of play cross by Sophomore Mike Martens.

The second half was much closer in possession and in scoring than the first. The Trojans struck first with a third goal from Jimmy Allen (assist Josh Anderson). Even with the 4-0 deficit, the Firebirds did not give up and fought hard to earn and finish a PK late in the game. Both teams played hard through the end, but Timothy walked away with the 4-1 win earning themselves another trip to the Sectional Final!

Thank You for all your support as we continue this playoff run!! Come out again Saturday (10/24) at 3pm at Lisle Jr. High to cheer to boys on as they play for the Sectional Championship!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sectional Semi-Final Correction

Tonight's Sectional Semi-Final game (10/20) will be played at Lisle Jr. High at 4:00pm against Phoenix Military Academy. We look forward to the opportunity to continue this playoff run. Thank you for all your continued support!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

TC wins Regional for 4th Straight Year!

Timothy won Regionals for the 4th straight year Friday night with a win over Gage Park. The 6-0 win marked the last home game for the team this season, and the last home game for our four great Seniors.

The Trojans came out of the gate with great momentum and within the first 30 minutes of the first half the boys found themselves up 6-0. The boys continued to control possession and all the dangerous scoring opportunities throughout the game, but could not find the back of the net after their initial burst of goals. The goals scorers and assists are as follows:

Nate Daniels (Jr): 1 goal
Mitch Evenhouse (Sr.): 2 goals, 1 assist
Jimmy Allen (Soph.): 2 goals
Ben Lodewyk (Sr.): 2 assists
Mike Martens (Soph.) 1 goal, 1 assist

Thank you to the many fans that came out to support the boys in the big win Friday night! Your support is very much appreciated! We look forward to seeing you again Tuesday night at 4pm as the Trojans play in the Sectional Semi-final at Lisle High School.

Friday, October 16, 2015

TC- 8 Westmont- 0

The Trojans started out the 2015 IHSA state tournament with an 8-0 win over Westmont High School. The Trojans went up 5-0 in the first half after a slow start. They continued to play well in the second by adding 3 more goals to the tally. The Trojans scoring breakdown is as follows:

Ben Lodewyk (Sr.): 2 goals, 2 assists
Mitch Evenhouse (Sr.): 1 assist
Josh Anderson (Jr.): 1 goal
Trevor Hoogendoorn (Jr.): 1 goal
Jason Kwak (Jr.): 1 assist
Jimmy Allen (Soph.): 2 goals, 1 assist
Michael Martens (Soph.): 1 assist
James Shervheim (Fr.): 2 goals

Thank you for all your support throughout the season and into the post-season. We look forward to seeing you again Friday night at 6:00pm when Timothy will play to try and become 2015 Regional Champions.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Timothy-1 Wheaton Academy-5

Timothy fought hard in their game Thursday night against the Warriors from Wheaton Academy. While the 5-1 score line may not show it, much of the game was a close battle. The Trojans ended the first half down 2-1 off a great goal from Sophomore Jimmy Allen (assist ben Lodewyk (Sr.)) that beat Wheaton goalie near post. The second half started close but Timothy could not stay with the Warriors. Wheaton scored 3 goals in the half to bring the score to 5-1.

Now it is playoff time for the boys with the first game starting Tuesday night at Timothy Christian. Thank you for you continued support!! Let's make another deep run this year!!

Up Next for TC:
-Regional Semi-final Tuesday (10/13) vs. Westmont at Home at 4:30pm.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Timothy-0 Latin- 2

The Trojans had a tough wake-up call in their match Tuesday night against Latin High School. The boys ended up losing 2-0 after coming out flat and never really picking up the intensity from there. Latin had a well played game where they possessed the ball well and let up very few scoring opportunities. While the outcome was not what we wanted, the game was a learning experience. The boys now understand the level of play that is necessary to beat great teams. Latin is a team the Trojans could see again in the state tournament.

The boys have a quick turn-around to make some improvements and come out against the Warriors from Wheaton Academy Thursday night in the MSC crossover match. Again, Thank You for all your support through thick and thin!

Up Next for TC:
-Tonight (10/8) at Home vs. Wheaton Academy at 6:15pm

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Timothy-5 Francis W. Parker-0

The boys continued in their winning ways with another big win against Francis W. Parker on Saturday morning. The team adjusted to the turf and the 20+ mile an hour winds in the city to come out with a 5-0 victory. The game opened with the Trojans on the attack and with a shot just missing the goal frame. While the Trojans controlled a majority of the flow of the game it was not until over 20 minutes into the half that the boys finally scored. The goal came off Mike Martens' (soph.) foot from a great assist by Ben Lodewyk (Sr.). The two would connect again in similar fashion just a few minutes later to give Timothy a 2-0 lead. The boys topped the scoring off in the first half with a PK goal from Ben Lodewyk.

The boys continued to control the game in the second. Ben Lodewyk opened up the scoring in the new half off a great ball from Mitch Evenhouse (Sr.), bringing his game tally to 2 goals and 2 assists.  The scoring was capped at 5-0 with a great 20 yard shot by Josh Anderson (Jr.) (assist Mike Martens).

This match was a great opportunity for the boys to get some experience on turf against a strong side. They will be playing on turf again this Tuesday when they play Latin in the city. Thank you for your continued support even as the days are getting colder!

Up Next for TC:
-Away game Tuesday (10/6) vs. Latin High School at 4:30pm
-MSC Crossover Thursday (10/8) vs. Wheaton Academy @ HOME at 6:15pm