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Boys Soccer: Eisenhower secures South Suburban Red title

Updated: November 11, 2012 6:18AM



Eisenhower couldn’t have imagined a better way to seal the South Suburban Red title than by exacting revenge on Argo in Tuesday’s winner-take-all showdown.

“It’s amazing,” Cardinals goalkeeper Gustavo Flores said. “Last year they took the conference from us, so to come back and win it against them makes it even better.”

Flores battled through a leg injury to make seven saves and Rey Bahena scored the lone goal as Eisenhower captured a 1-0 victory in Blue Island.

Flores made a terrific diving save to deny Jonathan Marquez 24 minutes into the contest, but was injured in the process and had to leave the match.

Three minutes later, Flores was back — and back to dominating.

“I did what I could to stop that shot, even if it meant getting injured,” he said. “I had to risk it all for my team. I just forgot about the injury because it meant everything to get the victory.”

Flores’ return seemed to spark the Cardinals. After Argo (13-6-1, 8-3) controlled the first 20 minutes, Eisenhower (14-5, 9-2) surged late in the half, leading to the goal.

After Jordy Padilla’s corner kick was deflected out of the box, Bahena collected the ball and scored with a long strike to the top of the net in the 32nd minute.

“The momentum changed a lot after the goal and we gained confidence,” Bahena said. “To come back my senior and take the conference championship back — and score a goal — I can’t even explain how happy I am.”

Argo held a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal, but could not break through.

“We’ve been outplaying teams and not finishing all year,” Argo coach John Gaytan said. “I think we lost our composure after their goal. Eisenhower deserves to be conference champions. They are a tough team.”

Under first-year coach Iran Rodriguez, Eisenhower went 5-0 against Red competition, with its two conference losses coming to South Suburban Blue foes Lemont and Bremen.



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