Roys’ boys lose 1-0 in IHSA playoff game

By Tom Clegg

Fenton High School might call itself the Bison, but anyone who has ever watched its soccer team will tell you the name ought to be the Fenton Roys.

Playing in their last high school match Tuesday night, twin brothers Markus and Karsten Roy, sons of NIU soccer coach Willy Roy, held off Maine South for over 49 scoreless minutes. Finally, with :33 left in the second five-minute overtime, Maine South slipped a shot past standout goalie Markus Roy for a 1-0 win in the Elk Grove Sectional final.

A teary-eyed Markus explained how he was beaten on the decisive goal.

“I lost it in the lights,” he said of the high crossing pass that led to the goal. From there all the Hawk forward had to do was deposit the ball into the empty Bison net.

The game plan for Fenton, whose offensive philosophy was described by Karsten as “whatever comes, comes,” appeared to be simple: Keep Maine South from scoring and try to win it on penalty kicks.

Behind the solid defensive work of Karsten and Markus, Fenton navigated the 40-minute regulation time with relative ease. The Bison nearly scored a surprise goal of their own in the second half when Rob Sonneman picked up a loose ball behind the Maine South defense. His 15-yard shot caromed off the left post and the Hawks were never threatened after that.

“I thought we had it,” Karsten said of Fenton’s near goal. “We played one of our best games of the year.”

Karsten and Markus were philosophical about the loss.

“We really didn’t expect to be this far,” Karsten said of his team, which ended the season at 11-9-4. “Once we got this far we decided to make the most of it.”

“Right now it’s tough,” Markus said of the loss. “In a little while I’ll be able to look back and be happy about what we did.”

The Roys will likely join their father and brother Willy Jr. on the Huskie soccer team next year. Both are expecting to contribute as freshmen.

With the loss of sweeper Helge Abrahamsen to graduation, NIU might find Karsten a starting position along side Preben Halle. Marcus could have more difficulty cracking the starting lineup with incumbents Jeff Tweedell, Tim Spiegel and Joe Hoess battling him for the goalkeeper spot.