[Photo provided by Wendy Serafin]
“That was awesome,” Rutkowski said. “That’s probably the best goal I’ve ever scored at Benet.”
Rutkowski, who nearly scored again a minute later when his 40-yard rocket hit the crossbar, expertly used the wind to his advantage. All three of the Redwings’ goals came in the second half with the wind at their backs.
“We’d been talking about that wind all day, so I knew I just had to put it on target,” Rutkowski said. “I mishit it a little. I got a little fluff on it but the wind carried it in for me.”
Rutkowski’s goal, coming so soon after Kilgallon and his twin brother Jack had teamed up to tie the game, proved too much for the Warriors, who were held to just three shots.
“I think [the Redwings] do a nice job of having good structure in the back, so we bounded Jack out wide, he gets in and finds his brother,” Wheaton Academy coach Jeff Brooke said. “Feels like we’re right back at it and then we give up one off the post off a pretty impressive strike from [Rutkowski].
“That’s tough. It’s tough to turn and go back into the wind with 14 [minutes] left.”