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Boys Soccer: Lake Central cruises past Andrean in season opener

Lake Central's Naser Tahawah shoots scores with 21:22 remaining 1st half Lake Central High School August 18 2014. Jim Karczewski/Sun-Times

Lake Central's Naser Tahawah shoots and scores with 21:22 remaining in the 1st half at Lake Central High School on August 18, 2014. Jim Karczewski/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 20, 2014 6:25AM



ST. JOHN — After a rare down season that produced five wins a year ago, Lake Central feels that it has something to prove this year.

The Indians started that mission on the right foot on Monday, cruising to a 3-0 victory over Andrean in the season opener.

“Every game that we walk into, we have the same mentality of just trying to play Lake Central soccer,” coach Jereme Rainwater said. “I thought the kids did a really nice job in the second half of being a little more relaxed and controlling possession. I wish that the jitters of the first half wouldn’t have happened, but you learn from that.”

Lake Central jumped in front in the 19th minute when sophomore Naser Tahawah found the back of the net on a feed from fellow sophomore Nikko Kolintzas.

Kolintzas transformed a tightly contested match into a commanding Lake Central lead by recording two unassisted goals early in the second half that were separated by only two minutes, 10 seconds.

Kolintzas said his goals developed by his teammates switching the ball from side to side and making passes through the middle of the field.

“The first half was pretty rough, but in the second half we opened up the game and connected in the middle,” Kolintzas said. “We found our outside midfielders, crossed the ball and got our heads on it.”

Andrean freshman goalkeeper Austin Martinez tallied seven saves. The 59ers have only one starter returning from last season’s regional championship team.

“I’m really happy,” Andrean coach Tony Pagorek said. “With as young of a squad as we have, the way we played in the first half surprised a lot of people. We knew that we were capable, but I’m really proud of the guys playing in their first game with real pressure.”

Pagorek made his debut with the boys team, switching over from the Andrean girls squad to replace Pete Reist, who retired after 24 years.

“It’s big shoes to fill, but I wouldn’t have applied for the job if I didn’t think I could do it justice” Pagorek said. “Hopefully, (Monday) shows the area that we’re not slouching off. I think people who were here and watched how we played will think that Andrean soccer is still right where it was.”

The Indians open Duneland Athletic Conference play at Crown Point on Wednesday, while the 59ers host Hobart on Saturday.



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