Morton makes one goal stand against Hinsdale South
Updated: September 20, 2012 9:52PM
DARIEN — Morton’s tuneup for Sunday’s Pepsi Showdown final didn’t go as well as its first meeting against Hinsdale South.
Morton survived 1-0 as senior Abel Guzman scored his 12th goal of the season Thursday night with 34:56 remaining. Guzman burst through the penalty area while changing speeds on a Hornets defender. His left-footed rip went untouched by goalkeeper Grant Morford, who otherwise made six saves while facing 14 other shots in the game.
The defending 3A state champ (15-0, 3-0) plays Lyons (9-2-1) in the Pepsi Showdown final at 12:15 p.m. Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.
The Hornets (2-9, 1-3) took their first shot when Nathan Michaelis fired on goal with 9:28 to go. His dribbler from 30 yards out was saved by Ian Chacon. Michaelis took another shot five minutes later.
“We started off slow,” Morton defender Joel Leon said. “Our intensity was kind of low.”
Morton defeated Hinsdale South 3-1 in the opening game of Hinsdale Central’s Devil Cup Aug. 23 at Morton. Hinsdale’s Jordan Wood scored first in that game.
The Hornets have lost six of their last seven games.
“It is taking us longer for those pieces to come together, but our game plan worked the second time,” Hinsdale coach James Van Denburgh said.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Sept. 27 to read more about the Hinsdale South boys socccer team.