Chicago Defeats Detroit 22-12 for First Win of the Season

-Chicago, IL-

 

The wait is over.

The Chicago Wildfire earned their first win of the season this past Sunday against the Detroit Mechanix. With a swirly Lane Tech Stadium wind, the game remained close for the first 3 quarters, but Chicago blew it open in the fourth to secure a strong 22-12 victory.  Pawel Janas led the team in assists with 6, while Michael Pardo led in scoring with 6 goals for the day.

“This was a good win for us.” Coach King said after the game.

“Not only did we win, but we kept the pressure on and kept playing hard for all 4 quarters. The final score shows that. The potential we see in this team is starting to shine through, and more importantly, they’re starting to see it in themselves. They can be as good as they want to be.”

While Janas and Pardo account for a large majority of the scores for the Wildfire, the team sees contributions from many other players. At least 12 players added to scores in Sundays win, showing that the team has the depth to run a system and distribute the disc. This is a vast improvement from the first game of the season, where Janas was responsible for passing the disc over 100 times.

Other notable performances include Jeff Weis’ presence on both the offensive and defensive side of the disc. ¬†With 4 Ds, 1 assist, and 2 goals, Weis proved to be one of the most productive players in Sunday’s game.

“Jeff definitely made his presence known in this last game.” Assistant Coach AJ Nelson said.

“The role he’s in fits him. It’s the same role I think he was used to playing back at UChicago, so that plays well for us. I’m excited to see just how much he embraces his playing time. He’ll make the most of it.”

When asked what the team needs to work on next, Coach Nelson took his time trying to decide.

“These guys are playing well, especially if you think about how quickly they turned things around in the span of 5 games. While we’re doing a great job of holding teams to 20 scores or fewer we can still be better on defense. That comes with strategy as well. As a whole, I think if leadership finds a strategy that works, then we will see some more Ws along the way.”

Next weekend the Wildfire play 2 away games, Saturday back in Madison against the Radicals, and Sunday in Minnesota against the Wind Chill. The trip is sure to be grueling, but these boys have shown that it takes more than a long bus ride to keep them from backing down.

 

 

T.K.

 

May 22, 2017 | Uncategorized | 0

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