Boys Soccer: Andrew, Reavis to meet for championship
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media August 28, 2012 10:58PM
Marist's Billy Miller (left) and Andrew's Matt McLaughlin battle for the ball during their semifinal game of the Windy City Ram Classic. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 30, 2012 6:25AM
Andrew forward Glorind Lisha had his chances Tuesday.
After two failed attempts in the second half of the Windy City Ram Classic semifinal at Reavis, the senior forward made sure his third and fourth efforts weren’t for naught.
With a berth in the tournament championship at Toyota Park on the line, Lisha scored two goals in less than five minutes to lift Andrew to a 2-0 semifinal win.
“In the second half, we were just hungry, and we wanted to go to Toyota Park,” Lisha said. “We knew what we had done wrong that first half so we fixed it for the second.”
Andrew (4-0) will play Reavis on Monday at noon at Toyota Park for the tournament championship.
Lisha’s two second-half goals reversed the Thunderbolts’ offensive struggles over the first 65 minutes in which Marist dominated possession.
Andrew goalie E.J. Kirn finished with seven saves, including an acrobatic dive on an Eddie Cunningham shot late in the first half.
Having failed to convert two breakaways in the second half, Lisha finally came through with nine minutes to go in the game. Off a ricochet at midfield, he fielded the ball cleanly, dribbled toward the goal and put a shot past diving Marist goalie Jimmy Kruse into the right corner of the net.
“It felt good because I knew my mistake on the previous shots,” Lisha said. “I took my time and was able to put it in that time.”
Lisha scored his second goal off a free kick from midfield. His header rolled past Kruse with four minutes left.
Marist (3-1) had its chances, especially in the first half, but was never able to figure out Kirn in goal.
“We’re a team that should be able to possess the ball, and we got away from that,” Marist coach Sean Maxwell said. “Andrew was able to bring the ball down, and they were a better team today.”
Marist will play St. Joseph for third place on Monday at 10 a.m. at Toyota Park.
Reavis 3, St. Joseph 0: Kamil Szczesniak, Jose Estrada and Danny Vallejo scored for Reavis (4-0). Cristian Ayala had five saves in goal for the Rams.