DANVILLE — Defense was the key for the Danville boys soccer team as they hosted Normal Community on Saturday at Ned Whitesell Field for Big 12 Conference action.
With the defense and just the right time for the offense to strike, the Vikings picked up the 2-0 win.
“Solid defending and timely attacks were the key today. Our defense really held up well and our midfield did a great job of applying early pressure on their midfield, cutting down their time in the ball and shutting down their passing lanes,” Danville coach Chris Griffin said. “Our strikers were effective all day, taking the chances that they were given and checking back to open up for our back 7. Overall, it was a very gritty and tough game by the entire team and we look to build on this win as we go forward.”
Danville put up its first score 1 minute into the game with an assist from Dakota Gash to Mikee Maniquis for a quick goal to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.
With 21 minutes, 18 seconds left on the clock, Danville’s Gracson Torres kicked in a penalty kick to give the Vikings some breathing room.
Danville played some good defense throughout the game and did not allow Normal Community any easy shots on goal.
“As a team we tried to close down passing lane and make Normal Community go sideways and back,” Griffin said. “Normal Community really was a good possession team and moved the ball well.”
“We became very defensive-minded today and played a very good defense game. The team came out and executed the game plan well.”
Danville’s goalkeeper Cameron Griffin had a very good game in goal as he had 6 saves on the day.
Danville is 4-3-3 and is 2-0-1 in Big 12 play. Next up for Danville is an away game at Champaign Centennial Tuesday at 6 p.m.