Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TC 2 - Chicago Christian 3

The Trojans lost to Chicago Christian with a score of 3-2. Frustrating night of soccer and TC's first loss in the MSC East. Goals scored by Sr. Tyler Vlasak and Fresh. Jimmy Allen. Soph. Josh Anderson added an assist.

Up next for TC:
-Home game Friday (10/3) vs RB at 6:15pm (Senior Night)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

TC 4 - Latin 3

On Park Place Appreciation Day, the Trojans moved to 11-2-1 on the season with their 4-3 win against Latin Saturday afternoon.  TC possessed the ball well, but still managed to find themselves down 2-1 at half.  Three second half goals however, allowed the Trojans to earn the victory.  The game was tied with five minutes remaining, but Fresh. Michael Martens had a great unassisted finish into side netting to seal the 4-3 victory.

Saturday was a good day for the Trojan freshmen.  Both freshmen Jimmy Allen and Michael Martens finished with 2 goals a piece and Sr. Tyler Vlasak recorded an assist.  At times the team moved and shared the ball very well against a solid opponent, but Latin definitely took advantage of some breakdowns.  Overall it was a great team comeback win and it was a beautiful day for soccer.  Thank you for all of your continued support and a special thank you to our friends over at Park Place!

Up next for TC:
-Away game Tuesday (9/30) vs. Chicago Christian at 4:30pm (varsity plays first followed by JV)
-Home game Friday (10/3) vs. Riverside-Brookfield at 6:15pm (senior night and last Friday Night Lights game of the season!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TC 0 - Wheaton Academy 6

Wheaton Academy showed the Trojans why they are one of the best teams in the state Tuesday night. TC fell behind early and Wheaton took advantage of their opportunities.

It's never fun being on the losing end of a soccer game but we will learn from this and improve our weaknesses. The Trojans should be back at full strength going into Saturday and we thank you for all of your continued support.

Up next for TC:
-Home game Saturday (9/27) vs. Latin at 11:00am

Saturday, September 20, 2014

TC 1 - Northridge Prep 1

It seemed as if the Trojans had to battle three opponents on Saturday afternoon, the rain, their opponent and themselves.  An own goal put the Trojans down 0-1 at half, but the Trojans also finished the half down one player as the result of a red card.

A man down, TC didn't give up and fought back hard in the second half.  Freshmen Michael Martens and Jimmy Allen were able to link up for TC's lone goal in the second half.  Martens played a solid ball into the box, which Allen then headed into the back of the net, tying the game at 1-1.  Timothy Christian is now 10-1-1 on the season.  Rain or shine, we appreciate all of your support!

Up next for TC:
-Away game Tuesday (9/23) vs. Wheaton Academy at 6:30pm

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TC 2 - Elmwood Park 1

The Trojans moved to 3-0 in the MSC East Thursday night with their win against Elmwood Park. Sr. Tyler Vlasak gave TC a 1-0 lead going into the half as he finished a nice pass from Fresh. Jimmy Allen. Sr. Andrew Wieringa finished a confident and composed PK to extend TC's lead to 2-0 in the second half. The Tigers from Elmwood Park faught back hard and put in a late goal to narrow the score to 2-1, but the Trojans were able to stay together as a unit and move to 10-1 on the year.

Jr. GK Ben Lodewyk stepped up huge for TC all night long and finished the game with 6 saves.  This was another great win for the Trojans and as always we appreciate your continued support!

Up next for TC:
-Home game Saturday (9/20) vs. Northridge Prep at 2:00pm

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Back to back overtime thrillers, TC 3 - Ridgewood 2

Following a double overtime win against Illiana Christian last Friday, the Trojans once again won in overtime fashion Tuesday night against Ridgewood.  Down 0-2 at half, the Trojans made some nice adjustments and came out ready to play for the second half.  It was very refreshing to see the Trojans play as one unselfish unit.  They showed that great things can truly happen when 11 guys work together as 1.  Sr. Tyler Vlasak opened up the scoring for TC in the second half with a crucial goal off of an indirect free kick assisted by Sr. Andrew Wieringa.  Not long after the first goal, Soph. Josh Anderson tied the game with a great technical header assisted from Fresh. Michael Martens.

Both teams continued to have chances, but the second half came to an end with TC battling back to tie the score 2-2.  Conference overtime rules call for two, 10 minute halves, golden goal style (meaning first team to score wins).  If both teams are still tied after the two overtime halves, a penalty shootout is used to decide the victor.  Tuesday night however, no penalty shootout was required as TC scored before half the time ticked off the clock in the first overtime.  Sr. Andrew Wieringa recorded his second assist of the night as Soph. Josh Anderson bent the ball beautifully into side netting.  Anderson's second goal of the night sealed the comeback 3-2 victory for the Trojans.  Soph. GK Michael Bieterman also came up big in net with seven critical saves.

Overall, Timothy Christian showed great mental toughness and took another step in the right direction with their unselfish comeback victory.  The Trojans are now 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in the MSC East.  Thank you all for your continued support!

Up next for TC:
-Away game Thursday (9/18) vs. Elmwood park at 6:15pm
-Home game Saturday (9/20) vs. Northridge Prep at 2:00pm

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Overtime homecoming thriller, TC 4 - Illiana 3

Friday night under the lights started out with TC passion, spirit and dedication as young men and women took the field in suits and dresses rather than in soccer uniforms.  Friends, family and supporters brought their rain jackets and umbrellas as they gathered around the field to show support for our first ever homecoming during the soccer season.

Big congratulations to Sr. defender Caleb Hays who was named homecoming king!  Caleb is a leader both on and off the field and will wear the homecoming crown with integrity and spirit -- well deserved Caleb.

Sounds from Timothy Christian's awesome drum line echoed the opening whistle to kickoff the game.  A well played and balanced first half from both teams resulted in a 0-0 tie at halftime.   Things got interesting in the second half as both teams combined for a total of 6 goals.  Illiana struck first as they put the ball in the back of the net on a free kick to open up the scoring.  Not even two minutes later, TC Sr. Tyler Vlasak answered and evened the score 1-1.  As the score picked up, so too did the rain fall and sounds from the crowd.  The large home crowd made their presence known when once again Tyler Vlasak found the back of the net giving TC the 2-1 lead.  However, it wasn't long until the Vikings answered and evened the score at 2-2.  The scoring wasn't over yet though, as Sr. Andrew Wieringa drilled the ball in the back of the net to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead with the second half close to an end.  Once again however, the Vikings fought back, played tough and evened the score at 3-3 to send the game into overtime.

Conference overtime rules call for two, 10 minute halves, golden goal style (meaning first team to score wins).  If the game is undecided after the two, 10 minute halves, the game goes to a penalty kick shootout.  The first 10 minute half ended with both teams having opportunities, but neither team finding the back of the net.  TC came out strong in the second overtime half, but as the time continued to tick off the clock it looked as if the game was going to head to PK's. However, just like the rain and support from the fans, the Trojans never quit and with 1 minute and 10 seconds left in the second overtime, Sr. Tyler Vlasak completed his hat-trick with his biggest goal of the night as the ball hit the back of the net.  What a moment for Trojan soccer, what a way to start out the divisional conference and what a homecoming night!

Shout-outs must also go out to Fresh. Michael Martens, Soph. Josh Anderson and Sr. Andrew Wieringa who all recorded great assists in the game.  Our defensive back four played a solid game all night and Soph. GK Michael Bieterman also came up huge throughout the night as he made many crucial saves in very difficult, wet conditions.

Thank you to everyone who came out and showed support and thank you for all of the behind the scenes work that was done to make homecoming a special night for all!  TC drum line you provided spirit and energy and we appreciate your willingness to play in the wet conditions, thank you.  What a night to remember for all!

Up next for TC:
-Home game Tuesday (9/16) vs Ridgewood @ 6:15pm

Friday, September 12, 2014

TC 2 - Fenton 5

TC fell to Fenton on Thursday with a score of 2-5.  The Trojans took an early 1-0 lead with a great assist by Josh Anderson and finish by Tyler Vlasak.  Soon after the Trojans put the ball in the back of the net the Bison battled back and netted 3 quick goals.  When the horn sounded for the end of the first half, TC found themselves down 1-4.

Not giving up, the Trojans once again struck first in the second half.  Josh Anderson had another quality assist but this time it was to Mitch Evenhouse, who made a great run and scored on an awesome header!  TC would not find the back of the net again, but there is still a lot you can learn from a tough loss.

Win or lose, the Trojans are thankful for all of your support. 

Up next for the TC:
-Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 12 vs Illiana Christian

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TC 12 - Rich East 1

TC hosted Rich East on Tuesday night and came away with a 12-1 victory.  Many Trojans contributed to the victory highlighted by Senior Lucas Schmitt who netted 4 goals.  Complete game statistics are shown below:

-Sr. Lucas Schmitt:  4 goals
-Sr. Tyler Vlasak:  3 goals, 2 assists
-Sr. Greg Biesboer:  1 assist
-Sr. Daniel Renn:  1 goal
-Jr. Mitch Evenhouse:  2 assists
-Jr. Christian Bravo:  1 assist
-Soph. Josh Anderson:  1 goal, 2 assists
-Soph. Alex Markewycz:  1 goal
-Fresh. Jimmy Allen:  2 goals
-Fresh. Michael Martens:  1 assist

Thank you for your continued support of TC soccer and be sure to come out later this week to see the Trojans in action.

Up next for TC:
-Home game Thursday, Sept. 11 vs Fenton
-Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 12 vs Illiana Christian

Saturday, September 6, 2014

TC 4 - Montini 0

TC had to battle both the weather as well as Montini on their first Friday Night Lights game of the season.  The Trojan home crowd (with help from the K-Love radio station) helped TC to victory as Trojans moved past Montini with a score of 4-0.  Freshman Jimmy Allen was feeling it on the slick night under the lights and recorded his first high school hat-trick!  Allen's solo left footed goal gave TC a 1-0 lead at half time.  Senior Andrew Wieringa helped build on TC's lead with a crafty solo goal placed nicely at the near post. Shortly after his goal, Wieringa placed a beautiful thru ball to Sophomore Josh Anderson who was able to run onto the ball and place a perfect cross to Jimmy Allen to give TC a 3-0 lead.  Allen didn't wait long to rifle his third goal into the corner of the net to record his first hat-trick of the season and of his promising high school career.

Overall, the Trojans are moving in the right direction and have possessed and moved the ball well in their last few games. Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Bieterman recorded his fourth shutout of the season with help from a well disciplined and talented defensive line.  Big thank you to everyone who helped make the first Friday Night Lights game of the season a success.  We truly appreciate all of your support and TC soccer would not be the same without you!

Up next for TC:
-Home game Tuesday, Sept. 9 vs Rich East
-Home game Thursday, Sept. 11 vs Fenton
-Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 12 vs Illiana Christian