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Tournament wins for Round Lake, Grayslake C. and Grant

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By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent

Subfreezing temperatures didn't seem bother Round Lake at all.

The Panthers got warmed up enough to pull out a 2-1 victory in penalty kicks over Waukegan in the opening game of the sixth annual Grayslake Central girls soccer tournament in Grayslake on Monday morning.

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Host Grayslake Central and Grant also opened with tournament victories.

"It was a battle out there," Round Lake coach Andres Orbe said. "We stuck with the game plan and had 60 to 70 percent of the possession. I'm happy with our play for the opener."

Jasmine Cruz and Araceli Juarez each scored on the penalty kicks, and Round Lake goalkeeper Jordan Devera made 3 saves on the 6 kicks she faced.

Jasmine Sandoval scored the Panthers' other goal with five minutes left in regulation.

"It's fantastic to start off the season with a win, considering we haven't trained much outdoors," Orbe said. "Our team played with heart from the kickoff until Jordan (Divera) blocked the last PK to win the shootout. I couldn't be more happy with the team for sticking to our game plan and leaving it all on the field."

Waukegan (0-1) tied the game at 1-1 with 50 seconds left in the game. Samantha Duarte found the back of the net, forcing the match into kicks.

• Round Lake didn't fare too well in its second game of the day, as host Grayslake Central rolled 6-0. The Rams (1-1, 1-0) held a 1-0 advantage at the half and scored five times in the second half.

Quin Garbett and Emily Werfel scored 2 goals apiece for Grayslake Central. Kayley Larson and Lauren Spalding had each had a goal, and Rachel Effa earned the shutout in goal for the Rams.

• Grant's Marisa Allen scored four goals and assisted on another and Jenna Pecorini tallied a goal and had four assists, while Danielle Frazer added a goal as the Bulldogs won their opener over Waukegan 6-0.

Ana Rodas and Savannah Knuth combined for the shutout.

"For our first game, we saw some good things and some things we need to work on," Grant coach Michael Kennedy said. "It was good to see the girls finish the ball. We just did the little things that we were supposed to do."

The second day of competition in the tournament continues Tuesday at Grayslake Central with Waukegan vs. Grayslake Central (9 a.m.), Grant vs. Round Lake (10:30 a.m.) and Grayslake Central vs. Grant (noon).

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