Up and down week for Fenwick soccer

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By JOE TROST

The rollercoaster season for the Fenwick boys soccer team continued last week in the fourth and fifth rounds of the Pepsi Showdown.

After recording a 2-1 upset over St. Charles North on Thursday, the Friars dropped a 1-0 decision to Marian Catholic on Saturday morning at Lyons Township High School.

"We had a huge win against St. Charles North, and then we didn't have any energy against Marian Catholic," said Fenwick assistant coach Mariano Mollo, who took over coaching duties on Saturday while head coach Tony Hepburn attended to the birth of his son. "We show signs of what we have, but every so often we take a step back."

The Friars (4-4-2), which will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Loyola, finished the tournament with a 2-3 overall record. Fenwick also knocked off Bradley, while falling to Libertyville and Whitney Young in the first two rounds.

"We lost to a good team on Saturday, but I think we caused our loss and that's taking nothing away from Marian," Mollo said. "We had a couple good chances, but like I said the energy was missing.

"I don't know if it was because we played three games last week or the fact we played early on Saturday morning. It's a little disappointing, because we wanted to finish the tournament on a high note."

Fenwick opened some eyes with its home win over St. Charles North. Alex Wallach and Nick Harvalis found the back of the net, with Harvalis recording the game-winner with less than five minutes to play.

John Bauer took the loss in goal for Fenwick on Saturday against Marian Catholic. The Spartans finished the tournament with a 3-2 record.

"Marian was a good team, but I just expected more from our kids coming off the St. Charles North win," Mollo said.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Friars. After battling Loyola tomorrow, they'll travel to Providence on Saturday before hosting Mount Carmel next Tuesday.

"Overall, the kids are improving," Mollo said. "We just need to be more consistent."

Hepburn recently moved Andrew Seckler from center mid to sweeper, hoping to help stabilize his backline. With Seckler taking care of duties in the back and Harvalis carrying the offensive attack, the Friars believe that will produce more consistency.

"When you move your starting center mid to the back, that's a big switch," Mollo said. "But so far it has worked out, and Andre is playing great back there. Nick has been producing all year up top, and hopefully that continues."

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