Furious finish lifts Warren past Stevenson

 
By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/16/2014 10:37 PM

Ivan Esquivel and Richie Flores netted goals in the last three minutes to lift Warren's boys soccer team to a 2-0 win over host Stevenson at the Vernon Hills Soccer Complex in Vernon Hills on Tuesday.

It was the seventh straight victory for Warren (8-1-3), which improved to 3-0 in the North Suburban Lake Division. Stevenson dropped to 2-4-2 and 0-2 in the division.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"Both teams had ample opportunities," Warren coach Jason Ahonen said. "I thought we had more. It takes only one and I thought (Stevenson) would break through there. I thought we were struggling at times. I thought we were out of it today, and I don't know why. But it's always tough to play Stevenson. No matter when we play, it's never a one-sided affair. It's always a close game."

To Ahonen's point, the teams played to a 2-2 draw in the Glenbrook South Invitational for third place in the opening weekend of the season.

Warren keeper RJ Hill made 7 saves in earning his seventh clean sheet. Stevenson keeper Jeremy Klaber stopped 11 shots, including a pair on breakaways.

"Their keeper played fantastic," Ahonen said. "Both teams were going at it, and it turned into a track meet at the end. It was an exciting game, a game of ups and downs and highs and lows. I can't speak highly enough of (Stevenson's) keeper."

Warren finally broke through in the 78th minute. Nick Haas slotted a ball for Esquivel, who ran past the Patriots defense and knocked in a shot for his fourth goal of the season.

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"I was bit frustrated," said Esquivel, who was turned away by Klaber on a couple of earlier chances. "I just got the pass from Nick. I was open and took the ball. At first, I was thinking about shooting left. I saw him (Klaber) moving left, so I put the ball bottom right."

Two minutes later, Esquivel led the ball to Flores, who scored his third goal.

Stevenson had a number of chances in the second half but had trouble penetrating Warren's defense.

"We had some really marvelous chances," Stevenson coach Mark Schartner said. "I thought Klaber played a stellar game in the goal. He was outstanding, and everybody played good out there."

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