Boys Soccer: Hinkley seniors relish EMAC championship, playoff berth

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Members of the Hinkley boys soccer team pose for a picture after a 7-1 victory over Brighton on Oct. 17, 2017, at Aurora Public Schools Stadium that locked up the EMAC championship for the Thunderbirds. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The massive group of seniors on the Hinkley boys soccer team — nearly every player on the roster — has and will experience a lot of firsts in 2017.

The Thunderbirds can now call themselves conference champions for the first time since the current group of seniors arrived at the school — and for the first time since 2009 overall — while they will also get to experience postseason play for the first time in the near future.

Hinkley’s 7-1 win over visiting Brighton Tuesday at Aurora Public Schools Stadium, on Senior Night no less, finished an unbeaten 9-0-1 run through the EMAC and furthered strengthened its position in the upcoming Class 5A state playoffs.

In his first season as head coach, longtime assistant and Hinkley alum Marcos Madera has led the Thunderbirds to a 12-1-1 record, which is more wins than the team has had in a single season in at least the last decade, with one more game left in the regular season Oct. 19 against Lakewood.

Hinkley came out of the gate a bit sluggish against Brighton, but senior Anandro Sinaga tallied two goals in the opening half — the first coming when he tucked a shot on the run under the crossbar and the second on a nice finish of a cross by junior Andre Lavalle — for a 2-nil edge.

The floodgates opened in the second half as the Thunderbirds scored five times, with Sinaga added two more goals to balloon his team-leading total to 17 on the season, for their season-high in goals.

Enock Kenge, Naane Rooble and Jose Sagamaga — all seniors — had a goal and an assist for Hinkley, which got a scoreless first half in goal from senior Alexis Acevedo.

The Thunderbirds were later joined by two other Aurora teams as league champions in Grandview (Centennial League) and Regis Jesuit (Continental League).

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

HINKLEY 7, BRIGHTON 1

Score by halves:

Brighton  0  1 — 1

Hinkley     2  5 — 7

Hinkley goals: Anandro Sinaga 4, Enock Kenge, Naane Rooble, Jose Sagamaga. Hinkley assists: Alexis Acevedo, Kenge, Andre Lavalle, Sergio Martinez, Rooble, Sagamaga, Carlos Vega. Hinkley saves: Alexis Acevedo (5 shots on goal-5 saves), Carlos Granillo (5 shots on goal-4 saves)