It's early, but you can start to believe in Lakes' boys soccer team.
The Eagles netted the North Shore Shootout title in their second year in the tournament with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Round Lake at Lake Forest Saturday.
Both teams will meet up again in North Suburban Prairie Division play in a couple of weeks.
Lakes (4-1, 3-0) scored twice in a 16-minute span in the second half with goals from Joey Savino and Trevor Ray.
"We played three excellent teams," said coach Kevin Kullby, whose Eagles beat Dundee-Crown and Highland Park to reach the final. "They were very comparable. The way soccer is, you get a little lucky and you get to play in the upper game.
"We played good soccer. We took advantage of some situations that led to our goals."
Down 2-1, Lakes struck. Savino pounced on a cross from Martin Gerrits in front of the Round Lake goal and knocked it in for the equalizer in the 56th minute.
"I just kept going after it," Savino, who moved up from outside midfield, said of his first goal. "I got up there as fast as I could and poked it in. It was all reaction. I went for it."
Ray scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute. He took a pass from Caleb Arnwine, collected the ball at his feet and powered a shot into the back of the net.
"I saw the ball coming in the air," Ray said. "I have a thing for volleys, (which) never really work. This time, I thought I'd take it safe, put it down and then put it in. The defenders were 5-10 yards off me and I had a lot of time."
Arnwine scored the other Eagles goal in the first half.
Round Lake (2-1, 2-1) got both of its goals from Mauricio Salgado, who has five in three games. Mariano Narvaez and Freddie Ramirez picked up assists.
The Panthers were making their first appearance in the tournament.
"It was a good game," Round Lake coach Hugo Tellez said. "Now we know what we've got to do for division. That's where it really counts. It would've been nice to see this get to a shootout."