Tuesday started with University Lab and Parkview Baptist both at the top of the Division III, District 7 standings. By the end of the night the Cubs powered their way to a degree of separation.
Third-ranked U-High (14-1-2, 4-0) controlled play from the opening kickoff on its way to a 3-0 win against No. 10 PBS (11-6, 4-1) which had a five-game win streak going into the contest at UHS’ Gill Stadium/Boss Field.
The Cubs opened up scoring in the 10th minute when senior Maddy Vick knocked a rebound into the back of the net while Eagles’ keeper Will Foreman was still on the ground from the diving save he made on a point-blank header from Thomas Kobetz.
The goal came during a period of the first half in which Parkview coach Roger Charcap said his team was flat — something he said couldn’t happen against a team like U-High.
Charcap said he was surprised how effectively the Cubs were able to possess and pass the ball throughout the game.
U-High dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for roughly two-thirds of the first half.
The Cubs outshot Parkview 14-1, including 4-0 in shots on frame.
The Cubs took advantage of Parkview’s slow start when in the 15th minute, Thomas Downs hit a miraculous shot from the corner of the box through traffic make it a 2-0 lead.
“I just kind of aimed for as low as possible, tried to keep it on the ground and maybe hope for a deflection or for it to pop out, but it just happened to find the back of the net,” Downs said.
A large part of the efficient offensive production Tuesday night was due to junior Miguel Vilas who, after missing last week’s game against St. Charles Catholic with an injury, returned to the field against the Eagles to help distribute the ball to the attack.
“He’s one of our playmakers,” said U-High coach Chris Mitchell of Vilas. “There’s a lot of play that goes through him and he’s very creative on the ball.
“We want to give the ball to him as much as possible so he can feed it to the attack and continue going forward.”
The second half was more even as Parkview seemed to find its footing, especially in the attack.
Parkview outshot U-High 6-5 in the second period with both teams hitting three shots each on target. Alas, the Eagles could not score.
U-High’s Martin Padial was the only player to find the back of the net on a decent shot from 15 yards out in the 46th minute.
“There were times when we showed we could compete, there just wasn’t enough,” Charcap said.
“Obviously, they were the better team today. We get them at home next, so I’m hoping we can make it a better game for them.”