Boys Soccer: Lockport edges Lincoln-Way North 2-1
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 24, 2013 7:40PM
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:30AM
Lockport dominated play for the first 50 minutes Tuesday against Lincoln-Way North, but it all meant little after North scored on a wild play to force a 1-1 tie with 30:48 to go.
“After that, we knew we had to get our heads in the game,” Lockport’s Jack Brassil said. “We just said, ‘We’ve got to get it together.’ ”
In the end, it was Brassil’s connection with longtime friend and teammate Chris Monte that made the difference in the host Porters’ 2-1 win in a SouthWest Suburban crossover.
Just over three minutes after the Phoenix (3-5-1) pulled even, Monte took a throw-in deep in Lockport’s offensive zone and found Brassil open in the middle of the box, from where he headed the ball home to give the Porters (5-2-1) the lead with 27:27 left in the match.
“Me and Chris have been on the same soccer team since third grade,” Brassil said. “He’s always had a long throw. I knew where it’d be and I put it in. This something we’ve been doing for years, ever since I hit my growth spurt.”
The goal spoiled a fantastic effort from North goalie Niko Mavrogiannis, who made 10 saves and also scored the Phoenix’s lone goal.
Mavrogiannis took a free kick from midfield and sent the ball into the box, where it took a very high hop. With a miscommunication among the Porters defense, no one was able to clear the ball and it found the back of the net with 30:48 left.
Mavrogiannis also made a terrific diving save to deny Nate Stojak late in the first half.
“Niko played an outstanding game,” North coach Mike Murphy said. “He made some great saves. We had opportunities. I thought we were definitely outmanned by Lockport, but our kids hustled and they kept us in the game.”
Osvaldo Salazar nearly tied it at 2 midway through the second half, missing just wide on a breakaway.
Jack Dilgert also scored for Lockport.