Both Stevenson and Warren would've liked to play one another for the championship of Glenbrook South's Titan Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Instead, they ended up battling for third place -- it turned out to be quite a match as the Patriots and Blue Devils played to a 2-2 draw.
"I thought we played well," Warren coach Jason Ahonen said. "We still have to clean up a lot of things."
Warren (1-0-3) got one goal from Nick Haas, with an assist from Kevin Penarrita. Then Penarrita scored with a helper from Ivan Esquivel.
"We have a good team, and we have high hopes of making it to state," Penarrita said. "We worked hard through summer camp and training."
Stevenson (2-1-1) gave a good effort despite the contest being played shortly after the Patriots had beaten Loyola Academy 5-1. In that matchup, Ethan Marx scored twice, with Avery Delgado, Jun Min and Zach Sherman had the other goals.
"I liked what I saw out of the kids," Stevenson coach Mark Schartner said. "We're very solid and I like our depth. We're playing pretty good soccer for our first week out. I'm highly encouraged."
Min tallied both goals for Stevenson in the third-place game.
"On this team, we have a lot of younger juniors, as well as seniors," said Jin, also a junior. "We do have a really good team this year and want to play more skillfully than in the past. We want to pass more -- we're a smaller team. We just have to play smart and do well in our own way."
Warren ended up in a 1-1 tie on Saturday morning in its other tournament game against Mundelein.