Boys soccer: Warren comes back to stun Mundelein
Expectations for a grueling boys soccer battle were on the pitch between Mundelein and Warren in Gurnee on Tuesday night,
The Mustangs were still in the hunt for the North Suburban Conference title and the host Blue Devils were trying to play spoiler as they head toward the postseason.
Warren scored a pair of goals in a three-minute span for a comeback 2-1 victory.
Max Floriani and Luke Schoenbrunn each scored goals to lead the Blue Devils (11-3-3, 3-2-2).
"That's the way the game goes when you get into a flow," Warren coach Jason Ahonen said. "We were creating opportunities all night long. Unfortunately, we didn't finish in the first half or the second half. I thought every time with the ball good things can happen. I was very happy with the way the boys responded for goals one and two. For (coach) Ernie (Billittier) and Mundelein it's a little tough with the conference race and all."
The Mustangs dropped to 4-1-1 in the NSC and 8-4-4 overall. It also gave Libertyville the NSC title as the Wildcats finished 5-0-2 after their 3-2 win over Zion-Benton 3-2 on Monday night.
"I didn't want the tie, but we needed at least a tie," Mundelein coach Ernie Billittier said. "It's a tough result. I thought we worked ourselves so hard defensively the entire game. Warren was sharp. We were sloppy in possession. We did score the first goal, but Warren was knocking on the door. We just had the worst possible result. We have to regroup with the games ahead of us."
Mundelein was opportunistic by taking a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute with a ball sent forward by Cole Pauly that found a Warren player's head and went into the back of the net.
However, Floriani evened the match at 1-1 in the 65th minute. He took a pass from Josh Segura and finished a shot into the goal up top of the penalty area for his 10th goal this season.
Then, Schoenbrunn scored the eventual game-winning goal a couple minutes later with a tap in near the back post for his seventh goal, after it was chipped over to him by Sebastian Rodriguez.
"We were working on that type of situation (Monday) in practice," Schoenbrunn said. "I was making a run to the back post, it took a weird bounce in there and found me. I was able to find a way to hit it in."