Boys soccer: Glenbrook South knocks off Maine South
Maine South's hope of staying close to top-rated New Trier in the Central Suburban South were dashed Saturday in Glenview when host Glenbrook South recorded a 2-1 boys soccer victory at John Davis Stadium.
The Hawks' loss, their second straight this week, dropped their record to 0-2-1 in the division and 5-2-2 overall.
"We had a great start to the second half with (John) Cronnolly getting us that early goal and I was hoping that would open the game up for us but it didn't so we came out of here with a result we did not want today," said disappointed Maine South coach Dan States.
"We knew this would be a physical, hard-fought game. They are always physical, athletic and skilled but I thought we matched them physically for 80 minutes, and got two great goals to get a big win," said GBS head coach Reggie Lara.
The Titans (4-4-0, 1-2-0) had the advantage of a strong wind at their back in the first period, which at times sent several balls over the top to their front-runners, only to see them sail out and over the end line.
Bennett Steenbergen, who would later bag the game-winner, nearly found the opener in the 7th minute but some valiant work by Hawks keeper Tommy Prokos turned around a wicked serve into the box from Stefan Souleles.
The Hawks' best chance of the half came five minutes before the break when Stefan Zelenovic saw his point-blank attempt stopped cold by GBS keeper Collin Morse.
Cronnolly was on target four minutes after the intermission when he collected a defense-splitting ball from Stefan Iricanin and finished with a well-placed effort to the far left side of Morse.
The home side was back level in the 57th minute with senior Drew Maytum finishing under the bar, before Steenbergen proved to be the hero in the 63rd minute, thanks in part to Zarko Pavlovic and Jeffrey Keating, who would create the opportunity for their teammate inside the six.
"Communication problems in our own end cost us today. It's a tough loss for us to take," States said.
The Hawks host New Trier (11-0-0) on Tuesday, while the Titans are away at Niles West.