Boys' soccer takes home first MSL championship

By Alyssa Zediker

Executive Sports Editor

The Knights faced the Schaumburg Saxons for the MSL Championship at Schaumburg Thursday Sept. 13.  The night ended with the Knights taking home their first league championship.      

However, the Knights did not win without a challenge because they had to play most of the game down a player when junior Matt Burikas was given a red card after a slide tackle with 65 minutes left in the game. 

“The red card was a turning point in the game, but the game was back and forth,” head coach Kurt Trenkle said.

The game proved to be back and forth until the very end as the team continued to fight and endure, even down a player. In the end, the Knights and Saxons were tied one to one. After two sets of overtime the score remained one to one,  and it all came down to penalty kicks.

After 100 minutes of play, senior goalie Brad Reibel was able to prevent the Saxons from scoring to give teammate senior Richard Lenke the opportunity to drive the ball into the back of the goal for the win.

“When it came down to that last [penalty kick], I knew that if we scored we won and that all I had was put it in,” Lenke said. “We have been working on it all year, and we know we are going to be in penalty kick situations.”

The Knights defeated the Saxons 2-1 to take the MSL championship title. Also at the game, Trenkle was named the MSL east coach of the year, Reibel was named MSL east player of the year, and six players were named All-Conference (check out our Sports Scoreboard on the right). The team begins playoffs Wednesday at Stevenson against Mundelein at 4:30.

“Quite possibly [it was] one of the [most fun] games I have ever coached  in my life,” Trenkle said.  “But, at the same time, I probably had three heart attacks.”