July 21, 2018  | Illinois State Cup

Wheeling High School - Wheeling, IL

2018 Illinois State Cup FINAL:
CKS Warta  3  :  1 Gazelle SC
Damian -3    

Warta clinch the Tony Dallas Cup 2018;

 Three Damian goals, clinch the win over Gazelle to give Warta their first State Cup trophy.

 Wheeling High School was the setting as CKS Warta got their hands on their first STATE CUP title, running out 3:1 winners over Gazelle SC in the final. 

 This group of players, are leaving an indelible mark on their soccer history.  Daniel Damian was the star of the final,

coming off the bench with a scoreless tie in second half to net a hat-trick. Damian opened the scoring in the 47th minute for Warta from the

penalty kick to give his side a well deserved goal.

The game began at a stuttering pace, with the respect between the two sides all too evident. 

CKS Warta were looking to play out from the back, while Gazelle went for a more direct approach, moving the ball to their front men with a long ball passing. 

 Warta defense was well organized and did not allow any chances for the first half hour of play. 

Warta on the other end came really close in the 13th minute as a great opportunity was saved on Luis Adame rebound shot. 

Two minutes later Warta hit the side netting as they were better side in the opening half.

Daniel Damian came in at halftime in replace of Adame and it took just two minutes for Warta to open the scoring as it came from the penalty spot after

Warta player was brought down inside the box. 

Damian himself took the honors as he sent the keeper other way giving Warta the lead.

Damian got his second to give Warta a 2:0 lead in the 92nd minute as a miscue by Gazelle keeper and a defender allowed Damian to break thru and send the

ball into an empty net.

Gazelle pulled one back in the 95th minute but Damian sealed the win with a stunning goal from distance in the last minute off added time to

give Warta their first State Cup trophy.

Rodolfo Gonzalez made a superb save in the second half, to deny a great effort as the ball was going into the upper corner but Gonzalez stretched out fully

to send the ball just wide of the target.

It was a great performance by Warta team as they not won just the State Cup but the Cup named after their late coach Tony Dallas who passed away in April of 2017

giving the team a more special motivation to win the trophy.


Game Roster: R. Gonzalez - Moreno, Castellanos, Valencia, Saucedo, Aranda, J. Flores, Ghiasi, Butler, De La Cruz, Adame - Friedman, Damian, C. Del Toro, Abayay, Salas.