For their efforts in the championship games of the Neuqua Valley Sectional on Saturday, Sam Virella and Max Saltzman were given Super Baller honors by illpolo.com.
Sam Virella made 15 saves in Naperville Central's 8-5 win over Neuqua Valley, which qualified the Redhawks for the state tournament. Virella did not allow a goal in the first half.
I watched the game and counted 13 saves, but Virella was indeed solid. The sophomore said she was "terrified" about the prospect of playing in the state finals. Somehow I think she will get past that fear when Loyola starts whipping the ball at her goal.
Max Saltzman scored the game-winning goal in the final minute to give Naperville Central a 9-8 win over Neuqua Valley in the Sectional finals.
Saltzman's goal was impressive, coming on a lob pass from Bobby Rickert. Saltzman had defenders around him and was still able to redirect the ball into the net past Neuqua's Brad Kay when the pressure was on. Max celebrated the game-winner with an emphatic double-armed slap of the water.