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Roundup (September 11)

By Chicagoland Soccer, 09/12/23, 8:00AM CDT



Hinsdale Central 6, Joliet West 2 
The Red Devils extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1) with the win. During the span, they have outscored their opponents 30-7. "Historic matchup today as this was the first time our boys programs have played,” said coach Mike Wiggins of the contest against the Tigers. “Well-earned goals in the first half by Martin Montoya, Matt Gantar (first varsity goal), Robbie Rocque and Luca Davies. Martin Contreras continues to be a solid presence in the net, and we came out today solid as a team." Kostas Zamalaitis scored the fifth goal of the evening match. Gantar added two assists, and Nolan Spence chipped in with one. With his 10th and 11th goals of the season, Davies rose to fifth on the Hinsdale Central list with 30 scores. His next will place him fourth. Hinsdale Central, which moved up seven spots to no. 18 in the new Chicagoland Soccer Top 25, continues nonconference play at Batavia at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Body Armor

Pod E

Glenbard North 2, Round Lake 2 (GN wins PKs 9-8/11)
After trailing early, the visitors responded with a Jorge Roman goal after a Christian Escobedo  assist with six minutes to play in the first half. Glenbard North went down a man in the 49th minute and conceded a goal several minutes later to trail again. After continuous pressure on the  Round Lake backline, Andy Rodriguez broke free on a breakaway but just missed the equalizer off the post with 18 minutes to play. Rodrigo Nunez found Roman to tie the game in the 70th minute. The match went straight to PKs, where keeper Danny Noval sparkled with three huge saves.  


Pod H

Warren 4, St. Ignatius 3
After roaring back from a 1-0 deficit with three-straight goals, the Blue Devils (5-3-1) found themselves tied in the 73rd minute. Lucas Ahonen (one assist) came up with the game-winner in the 75th minute after an assist from Charlie Crowson, who tied the game 1-1 in the third minute after the break. Jack Elkinton (20th-minute goal, assist), Christian Albarran (goal in 53rd minute) and Mikey Yang (assist) completed the scoring line. “That is a game that I think our boys will re member for the rest of the lives,” said coach Jason Ahonen. “We get a chance to put the game away with 20 minutes left, but the St. Ignatius goalkeeper came up with the big save on our PK. Then they turn around and score two to tie the game up. Charlie Crowson played a beautiful flighted ball into the box. It turned into a foot race between Lucas and the goalkeeper. Lucas got there first to beat the keeper with a header. He took the brunt of the collision and blood was everywhere. Our training staff did a great job getting him cleaned up and back in the game. The boys showed some tremendous growth once again tonight and battled back to get three points (in the pool standings). Super proud of the way they played for each other tonight.”

Pod L

South Elgin, 6, Willowbrook 0
The Storm scored four times in the second half to leave no doubt of their pool win and advancement to a title match Sept. 17. Matt Lipp, Ashton Kerrigan, Jahson Lopez (two), Ryan Nguyen and Ethan Jiminez were the goal-scorers. Ben Krueger, Eduardo Lopez, Noah Dihel, Quentin Albert and Jair Garcia contributed assists. Keeper Aaron Cacucciolo made five saves for the clean-sheet. South Elgin (3-4-2, 0-0-1) will seek to extend its unbeaten streak (3-0-1) to five matches when it hosts Fenton on Wednesday (Sept. 13).