Grayslake Central's boys soccer team opened its season by winning in dramatic fashion Tuesday night.
Steven Anderson's save on the final shooter gave the Rams a 3-2 win over Richmond-Burton in penalty kicks in opening-round action of the Cougar Classic at Vernon Hills.
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Grayslake Central twice fought back from one-goal deficits. Alex Stickler and Jacob Swearingen scored in regulation for the Rams, while Kyle Martinez had an assist. Coach Mike McCaulou said his Rams "had great possession but lacked some finishing in front of the goal."
Grayslake Central resumes the tournament Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. game against St. Patrick at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex West field.
Vernon Hills 3, St. Patrick 0: The Cougars captured their season and tournament opener, as Vince DeLuca won in his return as the Cougars' head coach.
Vernon Hills plays Richmond-Burton in the stadium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Wauconda 2, Woodstock 1: Brandon Morales scored both goals for the visiting Bulldogs.
Morales finished a pass from Jake Sullivan 10 minutes into the second half to break a 1-1 tie. Keeper Jake Ortiz made 8 saves for Wauconda (1-1).
Grayslake North 5, Woodstock North 2: At Vernon Hills, the Knights won their season opener, as they overcame a 2-1 deficit at halftime.
Round Lake 5, Deerfield 1: Mauricio Salgado had 2 goals and 2 assists, and Edgar Rodriguez added a pair of goals and an assist for the Panthers.
Raul Albor also scored for Round Lake, and keeper Jose Martinez notched 3 saves.