Sintayehu Meyer scored in the fifth round of penalty kicks, and Grayslake North's boys soccer team rallied to edged visiting Grayslake Central 3-2 in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division thriller between crosstown rivals Tuesday night.
Joey Mudd's eighth goal of the season and Jackson Frey's tally had staked Grayslake Central (8-8-1, 3-1) to a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes.
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"The quick goals against us seemed to spark some fight in us, and we began to match and exceed Central's play," Grayslake North coach Adam DeCaluwe said. "After we began playing with more intent and found possession of the ball in our attacking third, we found ourselves creating many quality scoring chances, but missed several just barely."
Arnaud Laroche-Bataille pulled Grayslake North (6-12, 3-2) within a goal when he fired a long shot into the net after receiving a pass from Baruk Perez-Vera. The hosts netted the equalizer six minutes into the second half when Laroche-Bataille fed a ball to sophomore Gavin Amburn, whose shot found the upper corner of the net.
The teams played two overtimes before heading to PKs.
"The overtimes were well-played by both teams," DeCaluwe said.
Laroche-Bataille, Andreas Thedorf, Fernando Sanchez and Michael Rohrer kicked in goals for Grayslake North in the penalty-kick round before Meyer ended it, after Grayslake Central's shooter fired wide.
"I thought we dictated play in the first 35, going up 2-0," Rams coach Mike McCaulou said. "But like many games prior to this, we struggled with finishing. We created great chances but were not composed in front of the goal. Give North credit for not letting down."
Round Lake 2, North Chicago 1: Mauricio Salgado scored twice, as the Panthers clinched the North Suburban Prairie Division title.
Edgar Rodriguez and Eddie Ramirez had assists for Round Lake (15-2-1, 5-0), which is 12-0-1 in its last 13 games.
Warren 1, Lake Forest Academy 0: Timmy Pieper scored in the 29th minute off an assist from Daniel Szczepanek, and Nick Hathuc made 4 saves in earning the shutout.
The nonconference win improved the visiting Blue Devils' record to 13-3-3.
Lakes 7, Grant 2: Trevor Ray's hat trick and 1 assist led the way for the visiting Eagles, who built a 5-0 lead by halftime in the North Suburban Prairie match.
Lucas Istvanek added a pair of goals for Lakes (11-4-3). Caleb Arnwine and Brian Werchek also scored for the Eagles.
Andres Velarde scored both goals for the Bulldogs. Tim Oehrlein assisted on the first tally by Velarde, who then knocked in a penalty kick.
Antioch 1, Vernon Hills 1: Antioch netted the equalizer in the second half to earn the tie in the North Suburban Prairie match.
Matthew Tabrizi scored in the first half for Vernon Hills (9-3-3) off an assist from David White.
Libertyville 5, Lake Forest 3: Austin Bitto and Lloyd Chatfield each scored twice for the host Wildcats, who led the North Suburban Lake Division match 3-0 at halftime.
Cam Fragassi also scored for Libertyville (11-2-1). Nick Vogel assisted on the first goal by Bitta, who later buried a free kick. Bitta earned the assist on Chatfield's first goal.