Glendale, WI – A hustling Andre Francois got Bavarian SC off to a great start Wednesday night scoring in the 6′. That along with an Isaac Schlenker goal in the 86′ helped Bavarian SC to a 2-0 victory and allowed them to snatch sole possession of first place in the Premier League of America Western Conference. After a fingertip save from Borealis keeper Robert Marquez (Aurora West, Waubonsee CC) Francois just beat an Aurora defender to the ball, knocking it side netting to grab the early lead.
Aurora did have chances in the first half, the best coming from Will Butler (Neuqua Valley HS, Eastern Illinois University) in the 31′, when he took the ball off a slipping Milwaukee defender. Breaking toward goal from the sideline he opted to take it himself, attempting near post, but missing left. The score remained 1-0 at halftime as both clubs wrestled to gain control of the match.
Borealis came out of the locker room strong, with a renewed energy, and it nearly payed dividends right away. Anthony Parra (Genoa-Kingston HS, Aurora University) received a ball on the run in the 49′, beat his man, and was able to release a shot in the box that was deflected that nearly found the back of the net, ricocheting off the crossbar back into play. Fifteen minutes later Parra was at it again getting loose in the box after beating two defenders but missing wide left by just inches.
While Aurora had more of the ball in the second half, Milwaukee wasn’t without their chances, nearly doubling their lead in the 56′ minute on a very quick counter attack. Marquez came up big again stopping a bullet right at him but giving up a rebound in the box. The second attempt was smothered by the goalkeeper ending the threat.
As Aurora continued to push men forward looking for the equalizer late, Schlenker made an immediate run toward goal after Bavarian SC were awarded a throw in. Quinn English recognized it and was able to clear the Borealis back line with a throw-in directly to the feet of the fleeting Schlenker, who finished easily to the left of Marquez.
The win gives Milwaukee sole possession of first place while Aurora sits in second. Borealis will host Cedar Rapids Rampage United in PLA action this Saturday at the Ohio Moose Sports Complex at 7:30 pm.
Schlenker 86′ (English)