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updated: 9/15/2012 7:15 PM

Prairie Ridge title within Round Lake's grasp

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By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent

Mauricio Salgado and his Round Lake soccer teammates had a good time grabbing hold of the Prairie Ridge tournament title for the first time.

The entire team was handed the plaque, and each player wanted his fingerprints on it -- fitting for a group showing great teamwork.

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Over the three games Friday and Saturday, Salgado scored 5 goals.

"We've been able to get along better," said Salgado, who has 17 goals and 12 assists in 13 games. "We've had some sophomores come up, but we have some good chemistry.

"I've been looking for space with the ball, and hopefully that can attract some defenders so I can slip someone the ball."

Round Lake (11-2, 3-0) snuck past Maine South 1-0 behind Salgado's free kick in the 75th minute Saturday morning.

Then the Panthers scored 4 times in the second half and rolled past Lake Park 5-0 in the afternoon.

Against the Lancers, Salgado scored twice and assisted on another goal. Eddie Ramirez, Christian Navarro and Lorenzo Cortez scored the others. Ramirez, a freshman, assisted on the first two goals.

The Panthers have also been dealing with some injuries, so they've needed some younger players to step up.

"We played against some really good teams, and we have to find ways to win," Round Lake coach Hugo Tellez said. "We have a way of practicing together. We seem not lose a beat out there."

Round Lake keeper Jose Martinez earned a clean sheet against Maine South (7-2-4, 1-1-1) with 4 saves. He made 5 saves against Lake Park (7-6, 0-3). Panthers backup keeper Adis Sator came it late for a save against the Lancers.

Round Lake defeated host Prairie Ridge 3-2 on Friday. Salgado scored twice.

Lake Park was shut out by Maine South 1-0 on Friday and was edged by Prairie Ridge 2-1 on Saturday morning.

"We were outshot in the first half," Lake Park coach Anthony Passi said of the Saturday loss. "We just couldn't put the ball into the back of the net after that. It helped to change the formation a bit (in the second half)."

The Lancers were making their first appearance in the tournament.

"It's nice to see teams that are evenly matched," Passi said.

Oliver Horgan scored Lake Park's goal against Prairie Ridge (6-4-1, 1-1-1).

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