Two out of three wasn't too bad for Lakes boys soccer team, especially since it was good enough for them to claim overall victory in the Carmel quad on Saturday.
Lakes suffered a 1-0 defeat to host Lake Forest Academy on Saturday afternoon in Lake Forest. The match was moved to accommodate the Caxys' homecoming.
Meanwhile, Cary-Grove shut out Carmel Catholic 2-0 in Mundelein on Saturday morning.
But Lakes had beaten Cary-Grove on the first day of competition on Wednesday and thus had the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Trojans in its favor. Both teams ended with 2-1 records over the three days.
Lakes (7-5) defeated Cary-Grove and Carmel Catholic in its other two victories while playing four games over the last five games.
"We beat two really good teams," Lakes coach Kevin Kullby said. "Maybe we were just a little leg-weary. But that doesn't excuse the loss. In some ways we had our chances. At times we played well and at times we gave them too much of the ball. Give (Lake Forest Academy) credit -- they played inspired, did a really good job of possessing and killing time."
The Eagles had numerous chances of finding back of the net. Each time Lakes was close they either put the ball around the frame or at the Caxys keeper Noah Cohen (5 saves).
Lakes got its game going through the midfield with the help of Tom Cyberski, who directed the attack.
"We didn't have a lot of possession with our team," Cyberski said. "We definitely should've had possession but we were not composed around the ball. We went into the game not concentrating at all. It wasn't a good way to start the game. Once they got the goals, they had confidence and attacked the ball."
Lake Forest Academy (4-12-1, 1-2) got its only goal in the 37th minute, when Spencer Payne scored unassisted.
"Partly it's homecoming and we've been in a lot of games," Lake Forest Academy coach Paul Makovec. "We've shown flashes but haven't played a full game this season.
"Our boys shut (Lakes) down. Our defense and midfield is where our strength and experience is at, and they played really hard."
• Kevin Wilde scored a goal and assisted on another that led Cary-Grove past host Carmel Catholic 2-0 in the final game of the quad in Mundelein on Saturday morning.
Brett Schuerg knocked in the other goal, and keeper Ethan Csoka recorded a clean sheet with 8 saves.
Cary-Grove (9-4, 2-1) lost the tiebreaker with a loss to Lakes back on Wednesday.
"We haven't been able to get into any rhythm," Cary-Grove coach Mark Olson said. "For some reason, it seems to be our passing. We seem to be getting better. We needed to get a victory going into next week and to finish strong with our schedule. We need to come out, play every game and be focused."
Wilde scored his 17th goal of the season in the eighth minute with a play off an assist from Joey Klawitter. Wilde assisted on the other one in the final 10 seconds to Schuerg.
Carmel (5-6-2, 1-2) lately has been struggling through its share of injuries, and errors have cost the Corsairs in their last couple of matches.
"We made a defensive mistake early," Carmel Catholic coach Ray Krawzak said. "It allowed for (Cary-Grove) to pack it in. It was hard to come back in that type of situation. If we'd held a shutout in the first half, then it could've been a different game."