Boys soccer: Bochniak, Mundelein finish vs. Highland Park

By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/22/2019 10:28 PM

David Bochniak finished a breakaway later in the game, and Mundelein's boys soccer team had just enough to finish off Highland Park.

Bochniak's goal in the 73rd minute gave the eighth-seeded Mustangs a 2-1 win over No. 9 Highland Park in a Class 3A regional semifinal at Palatine on Tuesday night.


Camden Kowalski set up the goal with a pass that sent Bochniak in alone against the keeper.

"Camden gave me a great pass," said Bochniak, a junior midfielder. "I just saw an opportunity to score. It was a big moment and it got us the win, but it wasn't just me. It took a team effort to make it happen."

Mundelein (10-6-4) advanced to Saturday's 3 p.m. final against top-seeded Libertyville (14-2-3), despite losing three starters to injury during the match.

Highland Park finished 10-7-3.

"Highland Park was a very-well coached team and very organized," Mundelein coach Ernie Billittier said. "They had some really strong players too. I'm proud of our group and the guys that stepped up. Because of the injuries, guys had to play different roles. We had guys that sacrificed for the good of the team."

Kowalski scored the opening goal in the 36th minute. Highland Park's Ronin Moore tied the match off a free kick in the 44th minute.

A couple of minutes later, the Mustangs' Matt Whelan cleared a ball off the line after a shot from Gustavo Márquez.

"Finishing hasn't been our strength, but I love all the kids that are up there trying," Highland Park coach Blake Novotny said. "We definitely had our chances and probably could have had more goals. (Camden Kowalski) was something to watch. He's very good in the air, and he's just a thoroughbred athlete. His assist to knock the ball into space on the second ball was something else."

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