Published 12:00 am Friday, November 30, 2007

Forsythe, Ilski score in 2-0 Comets win over H.L. Bourgeois


Sports Editor

St. Charles boys’ soccer Coach Rick Woodroof wasn’t completely satisfied with the chemistry his team displayed on Tuesday night.

But goals by Ryan Forsythe and Chris Ilski were enough for the Comets to notch their fourth victory of the season, 2-0 over H.L. Bourgeois.

“Offensively, we haven’t been moving the ball real well,” said Woodroof. “Defensively, we played well. I’m happy with the result of course, but not so much with the way we played tonight.”

The Comets (4-3, 1-0) are still learning to play together as those who participated in the Comets playoff run in football are incorporated in.

But whatever rust the Comets had did not stop them from dominating possession of the ball over Bourgeois, who struggled to sustain any momentum and saw most of the action take place on its side of the field.

“Our field is bigger than most, and I think we took advantage of that,” said Ilski. “We spread them out and moved the ball around.”

The Comets struck early in the game, when Forsythe scored in the 13th minute of the game.

“He made a nice run out of the backfield,” Woodroof said. “It was the best shot of the night.”

Each team struggled to generate shots for much of the rest of the half. But at the 38-minute mark, Ilski was able to get his team the breathing room it needed. He made a move on his defender to get space and fired a shot into the bottom-left corner of the net, past the outstretched arms of the Bourgeois goalkeeper. St. Charles led 2-0.

“I’m still a little rusty, coming in from football,” said Ilski. “But I knew I could get the goalie inside if I got a look. I made a cut to get free and took the shot.”

The second half was more of the same. There was no scoring, but Bourgeois found itself unable to generate a comeback as it spent most of the half defending its goal from the St. Charles offense.

But the lack of true scoring opportunities was still something that Woodroof says will be addressed.

“The team chemistry will come with more practice, and our ball movement will improve,” said Woodroof.