Waubonsie Valley veteran Anuj Buch made a big splash on the pitch in Thursday night’s game against South Elgin.
Shortly after the Warriors defeated Storm 3-1, Buch was the recipient of another big leap. After Buch scored 2 goals in less than 3 minutes, he immediately rushed to the main stands to hear the voices of the fans.
Buch raised both arms to end the late goal rush. Minutes after the game was over, several teammates grabbed Buch’s arms so he wouldn’t let him escape, and allowed two of his teammates to give him a postgame Gatorade shower.
As a captain, Buch made the last home game an unforgettable experience and encouraged the Warriors to win in their last game of the regular season.
“I never expected this from my teammates,” Buch said of Gatorade. “And that shows you that this team is all about unity, family, and being whole as a team. That’s great, especially as we enter the playoffs next week. We have to keep that momentum and energy going as we go into the playoffs. This win is definitely going to happen.” help us.”
Buch, who scored 6 goals in the season, broke the tie 1-1 in the 75th minute and stole a pass and knocked out the winner of the match to the far post.
With 2:45 left in the edit, Buch added to his big day with a second goal to make the game inaccessible.
The non-conference match kicked off 45 minutes later than scheduled, and the early game reflected both teams looking stagnant in the opening 10 minutes.
In the 11th minute, South Elgin’s young forward Ethan Scholl shot to the far post and took a 1-0 lead. Storm (6-9-5) cleared his second half goal by offside, which was a crucial factor in the defeat.
The Warriors (6-13-2) were aggressive for most of the game, with South Elgin goalkeeper Luke Biondi making 4 saves in the first 17 minutes. The Warriors finally hit their breakthrough goal when Zach Stanley took advantage of a loose ball in the penalty area. Stanley chased the ball with a tap on the shots before rushing to the post to tie the game 1-1 with the final 11:41 of the first half. Senior Stanley lay motionless for several minutes, his body strapped to the pole, before limping off the field.
“I usually like to celebrate after the goal, but I can’t do it after that goal,” said Stanley with a smile.
Next up for the Storm is the 3A Class Elgin regional semi-final match against host Elgin at 5pm on Tuesday.
South Elgin head coach Jerry Skowron said: “We’re looking forward to the Elgin game, so we tried this game by kicking a few guys out of their natural positions.” Said.
The Warriors picked a good time to end a two-game losing streak as they entered the Class 3A East Aurora regional semifinals against Naperville Central on Tuesday.
“I think it’s important right now that we’re moving step-by-step, which is important with the upcoming playoffs,” said Waubonsie Valley coach Jose Garcia. “This win is good for the kids and for building confidence against Naperville Central.”