Boys Soccer: Argo, Reavis settle for 3-3 draw
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 16, 2013 9:12PM
Updated: November 18, 2013 8:01AM
With the playoffs around the corner, Argo and Reavis still had one matter of regular-season business to settle Wednesday.
The rivals met at Toyota Park in a nonconference game that meant nothing in terms of standings but plenty in terms of bragging rights.
Reavis, still riding high from winning the first conference title in the program’s 19-year history, jumped to a 3-1 lead but Argo battled back to earn a 3-3 draw.
“We played all freshmen and sophomores in the second half and we were able to come back,” Argo coach John Gaytan said. “We wanted to make sure everyone got to play at Toyota Park. It was a great experience. We have some good young players and we think we have a bright future.”
Both teams embraced the mentality of getting everyone in the game, and Reavis (13-6-1) took a 2-1 lead early in the second half when senior Ulysses Alcantara scored his first career varsity goal.
Jose Estrada took a free kick from 35 yards out and sent it into the box where Alcantara was camped out at the far post and headed it home.
“It felt great, especially to score at Toyota Park,” Alcantara said. “I’m speechless.”
The Rams extended the lead to 3-1 when Omar Ramirez headed in Guilebaldo Esquivel’s corner kick with 21:13 left, but freshman Matt Sulamc helped Argo (7-7-2) fight back.
Sulamc was taken down in the box and converted the penalty kick with 11:58 left.
Three minutes later, he made a strong run down the baseline and sent a cross that deflected off Reavis goalie Rafal Slomba and to the feet of Marco Soto, who buried a shot for the game-tying goal.
“It was a great experience playing here,” Sulamc said. “I was confident and I thought the team played really well.”
Argo’s Matt Warciak and Reavis’ Slawomir Chrobak scored first-half goals.
“It’s a great experience for the kids playing here,” Reavis coach Bob Morack said. “It was really good to see Ulysses score his first goal. We know it’s always going to be a close game when we play Argo.”