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Roundup (October 24)

By Chicagoland Soccer, 10/25/23, 12:00AM CDT


Class 3A sectional semifinals

At Evanston

(9) Leyden 1, (7) Notre Dame 0
Notre Dame started out on its front foot, but its pressure was unable to break through. Leyden settled in to shift the momentum in their favor for the better part of the first half.  Oliver Salgado, Jesus Ramos, Ryvin DelPilar and Diego Esquivel all had quality chances shut down by the Don's backline and goalkeeper.  Despite a Notre Dame flurry in the last part of the half, the game went into the break scoreless. The opening of the second half belonged to Leyden. Within the opening minute, Salgado sent a cross in front of the goalmouth that was just out of the reach of Ramos.  Minutes later, Ariel Diaz sent in a corner that was initially cleared by the Dons, but went right to the Eagles Rafa Nozka. He quickly sent a cross to the far post that found a wide-open Brandon Delgado who brought the ball down and rifled a shot just inside the far post for a 1-0 lead with 35 minutes left to play. The Eagles created several other good chances, but the Notre Dame keeper was up to each task. Notre Dame's Max Stalenczyk tried to find the equalizer with a ripper from 35 yards, but Eagles keeper Daniel Llanos leaped and stretched to parry the ball away from the upper-left corner and around the goal. Leyden's back four of David Tracewicz, Yadier De La Cruz, Fabian Rodriguez and Duvan Trujillo then shut down every attack until the final whistle blew. Leyden (18-4-1), the West Suburban Conference Gold Division champion, advances to meet second-seeded New Trier (19-1-2) for the title at 6 p.m. Friday. Notre Dame, the East Suburban Catholic Conference champion, finished its season at 15-4-2.


At Round Lake

(6) Round Lake 1, (2) Streamwood 0
The Sabres (15-5-4) saw their season end on an own-goal in the second half. Keeper Issac Morales made five saves in the loss. Host Round Lake (16-5-1) will entertain top-seeded Elgin (15-3-3) in the final at 6 p.m. Friday.

Class AA sectional semifinals

At Grayslake Central

(2) Crystal Lake South 2, (7) Grayslake North 1 (2 OT)
Pierce Johnson scored in the first half and in the 96th minute to lead the Gators to the win. Nolan Getzinger and Nico Velasco provided the assists. Crystal Lake South got 11 saves from keeper Chris Slawek. The Gators (18-4-1) advance to 
meet ninth-seeded Harvard in the final at 6 p.m. Friday. Grayslake North, which tied the game on a second half deflection, ended its campaign at 12-9-0.

At St. Francis

(1) Benet 4, (2) Belvidere North 0
The Redwings (14-3-3) extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games (12-0-2) with a pair of goals in each half. Matt Benka broke the ice in the 15th minute after a Sam Trunnell helper. Abdalla Alattar (Mateo Picha assist) made it 2-0 in the 31st minute. Nick Roe (Brendan Bergnach) put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute. Jack Wesley ended the scoring two minutes later. Drew Connell made three saves for the clean-sheet. It was the team's 15th of the season. Benet will battle third-seeded Timothy for the title at 5 p.m. Saturday.