Sixth-seeded Hersey had a leg up early on No. 11 seed Waukegan, but the Bulldogs scored a pair of second-half goals and bounced past the Huskies 2-1 on Tuesday night in Class 3A Stevenson regional play.
"We just don't score when we have our chances," Hersey coach Darren Llewellyn said. "It's been like it all season. We shoot ourselves in the foot with all the chances we had."
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The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 advantage 63 seconds into the game as Jose Carvajal netted a goal off a pass from Tom McDonald.
Hersey (9-9-3) couldn't find another goal the rest of the first half, even with the wind at its back.
"I thought we would score more," Llewellyn said. "I thought we could be up by 2 or 3 three goals by the half. We just didn't run through the box or put our shots on the frame.
"(Waukegan) won every ball in the second half. We were slow to the ball and backed off until the final 10 minutes."
Waukegan's Dwight Terrelonge tied the game at 1-1 with a run down the left side and scored off a pass from Giovanny Sanchez in the 51st minute.
The Bulldogs' Armando Rea scored his third goal of the season, the game-winning tally, with a launch of a kick from midfield five minutes later.
The ball was wind-aided, took a huge bounce and found its way over the goal line.
Coming into the regional semifinal, Waukegan didn't have much to lose, even after falling behind in the first couple of minutes.
"We knew (Hersey) well enough that the game had to be played," Waukegan coach Jose Martinez said. "We just played the game. We were not worried after Hersey scored the first goal."