RIVERSIDE – If this was a midseason conference clash, the mood would have been different among the Riverside Brookfield boys soccer team.
Instead, the season opener was more of a glorified practice against a non-conference opponent so they weren’t too worried that visiting Plainfield East equalized the match with just over a minute to go to force a 2-2 draw.
“For us it was not important if we won or lost,” said RB coach Danny Makaric. “It was important how we played.”
RB scored early with Joe Aieta bursting down the right wing and cutting inside to score just 105 seconds into the match.
The Bengals tied it in the 10th minute on a rocket by Ryan Olanrewaju.
The Bulldogs regained the lead on a counter attack in the 27th minute. Aieta and sophomore Jamez Kaczmarczyk raced past the defense to create a two-on-one with Aieta feeding Kaczmarczyk for the goal.
“He’s fast, which is very nice,” Aieta said of his strike partner. “It’s nice to have speed up top.”
That lead stood until the dying seconds of the match when East’s Daniel Sidman scored directly off the corner kick to even the score at 2-2 with 68 seconds remaining.
“Today the game could have gone both ways,” Makaric said. “We had a couple more chances to play. So far I am pleased with how we are doing.”