SOCCER: BBCHS’ defense dominates Morris
BRADLEY — The staple of Bradley-Bourbonnais soccer during the past number of years has been superior forward play and tenacious defense.
While the forward play continues to improve game after game, the defense looked to be in midseason form as the Boilers pitched a 3-0 shutout against Morris.
“We came out and established ourselves right away the way we needed to,” Bradley-Bourbonnais coach Rohan Robinson said. “We’ve played really well the past couple of days even though we’ve had some mental mistakes, and we established the importance of playing together tonight.”
After the Boilers missed their first two shots within 30 seconds of one another, it was clear a goal was imminent.
And, sure enough, the ball ended up at the feet of Caden Talbot, and the senior midfielder fired a bullet from 25 yards out that found the back of the net to give the Boilers a 1-0 lead with 24:52 left in the first half.
“I’m usually a pass-first type of guy,” Talbot said. “I take those shots all the time in practice, and I noticed the keeper was a little bit shorter, so I figured if I just lofted it that it had a pretty good shot of going in. So, I decided to shoot.”
After a free kick and off a ricochet, Niles Roach blasted the ball into the goal from just 2 feet away to give the Boilers a 2-0 lead with 28:43 remaining.
Just a little more than a minute later, Milton Troupe, who hit the post on his first shot attempt, redeemed himself, as he connected with the back of the net off a picture perfect cross from Jack Jasmin to put the nail in the coffin.
“By the time you score that third goal, heads and shoulders begin to drop,” Robinson said. “Most teams down by three goals don’t have that same fight in them as before. If we continue to press like we did and not put ourselves in a dangerous situation such as giving up corner kicks, it wears down a team’s mentality, and that’s what we want.”
Boilers’ goalkeeper Emmet Wolff quite possibly never has had an easier day on the soccer pitch than he did Tuesday.
His job was made even easier by the fact Morris didn’t cross in Boilers territory until the second half of the game.
Morris didn’t attempt one shot all night, no matter if it was from 5 yards, 15 yards or 75 yards, the Boiler defense was on lockdown from start to finish.
“This is the defense we’ve been trying to establish all season,” Robinson said. “We’re trying to step it up a little and be more aggressive, and that was the case tonight. Guys continue working hard to possess the ball and harder to get a ball if a bad pass is made. Our goal is to frustrate teams and make them feel they have no chance.”
Area for improving
No team is ever truly a finished product. There’s always room for improving, whether its after the first game or last game of the season.
In six games for Bradley-Bourbonnais, Robinson and Talbot both agree on what the immediate problem for the Boilers is.
“Honestly, we just need to shoot the ball,” Talbot said. “We keep looking for the perfect shot and play it through sometimes. But we need to take chances and shoot because you never know what’s going to happen with it.”
For Robinson, it starts with Jasmin and trickles down.
“I worked with Jack for nearly a half an hour in practice, just me and him,” Robinson said. “We ran a barrage of shooting drills because we’re trying to convert him into a striker who wants to score. He wants to possess the ball, and when he does, he is dangerous. But if he can develop that scoring mentality and put the ball into the net, we’ll be unstoppable.”
Bradley-Bourbonnais travels to Lockport for a SouthWest Suburban conference matchup Thursday.