Pictured is senior Oswaldo Salazar, a standout player ...
October 30, 2013
Despite a back-and-forth first half, it took just 31 seconds for Brother Rice to end Lincoln-Way North's season Saturday, Oct. 19, during an Illinois High School Association Class 3A Lincoln-Way North Regional quarterfinals game in Frankfort.
Sophomore Carlos Gonzalez struck twice in that time span to lead the Crusaders (7-8-3) team past North 2-0.
His first goal came with 22 minutes and 31 seconds left in the game when he charged into the Phoenix penalty box on a breakaway, pulled back after an oncoming defender reached up to him and laced a soft liner past a charging Niko Mavrogiannis — the North goalkeeper — that found the back of the net.
Thirty-one seconds later, Gonzalez scored again from the right side.
"Our sweeper got caught," North coach Mike Murphy said of the first goal. "He went up to try and challenge for a ball, but [Brother Rice] put the ball behind us. [Gonzalez] had a good effort to get to it, so you've got to give him credit."
North had close to 10 opportunities to score, but nearly every attempt resulted in the ball sailing over the crossbar.
"We had opportunities," Murphy said. "We had the ball at the 3-yard line and we put it over the bar. ... It didn't go our way which is unfortunate.
"Honestly, this was one of our worst-played games. We did not have possession of the ball. We couldn't get anything going. Unfortunately, sometimes that happens to you."
One of those missed opportunities came with 10:56 left when senior Osvaldo Salazar headed a ball at the net. The ball hit the crossbar and popped out of play. Salazar was denied another chance later in the game when his low shot went wide left by inches.
Two days before the regional quarterfinals game, North defeated Stagg 1-0 to conclude its SouthWest Suburban Conference Red schedule.
Ramzi Ihmud scored the goal for the Phoenix off an assist from Salazar.
The Phoenix finished the season 5-13-1.
"In our senior class, we had 12, which is the most ever to graduate from [our] program," Murphy said. "We had a fun season this year. We had a fun season, because they were good characters. More importantly, they worked hard and did everything we asked of them."
The team's seniors were Chris Filicette, Frank Gonzales, Connor Gutrich, Salazar, Ihmud, Kevin Marrow, Paul Jouras, Ben Stepuszek, Jeff Capperino, Shamus Shields, Jordan Jurgovan and Mike Balcerzak.
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