Boys Soccer: Marist tops Crete-Monee in overtime
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 17, 2012 10:20PM
Marist players celebrate their winning goal in overtime to beat Crete-Monee 3-2 Wednesday in the Reavis Regional. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 19, 2012 3:16PM
After letting a 2-0 lead slip away against Crete-Monee, Marist saw its playoff dreams slipping away Wednesday night. So it was time to turn to an old, reliable play.
The RedHawks earned a corner kick early in overtime. Eddie Cunningham sent the corner toward the near post, where a teammate faked a shot, letting the ball roll under his foot and onto the feet of Mike Trevino, who was left open and scored the go-ahead goal.
Marist held on for a 3-2 win in a Class 3A Reavis Regional semifinal in Burbank.
“That’s a set play that we’ve been working on all season,” Trevino said. “I don’t want to give away too much about it, but we know when it should be there and it worked out.”
Marist will meet Reavis in Saturday’s final.
The fourth-seeded RedHawks (14-7-4) held the No. 13-seed Warriors (14-6-1) without a shot on goal in the two overtime periods to survive a wild match played mostly in a downpour.
“This win was like the weather,” Marist coach Sean Maxwell said. “It was ugly. But there are times where you walk away thinking you’re the better team, but you lost. So, we’ll take the win.”
Down 2-0 at halftime, Crete pulled to within one when Fernando Aguirre dribbled through two defenders and scored with 24:15 left.
The Warriors were awarded a penalty kick with 2:08 to go and Jake Cogan converted to tie it.
The RedHawks took advantage of having the wind at their backs in the first half as Matthew Poncer scored off a deep throw-in and Mike Collevy’s goal made it 2-0 in the 21st minute.
Brandon Hickey, typically a midfielder, played in goal for Crete-Monee because of injuries and made six saves.
“We had our center midfielder in goal and we gave a great effort,” Crete-Monee coach Julian Lagunas said. “I’m very proud of the team. It’s just too bad we couldn’t pull it out.”
Reavis 3, Oak Lawn 0: Kamil Szczesniak netted a pair of goals to lead Reavis (17-7). Jose Estrada added one goal and one assist for the Rams. Oak Lawn finished 13-7-1.