Girls Soccer: Grant, Grayslake Central rollGrayslake, IL 3/26/12 Grayslake Central and Round Lake faced off in the second girls soccer game on Monday at Grayslake Central's 5th Annual Rams Invite. Grayslake's Lauren Spaulding (19) clears the ball from the goalmouth before Round Lake's Claudia Hernandez (22) can get to the ball.
| Rob Dicker~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 26, 2012 9:23PM
Grant routed Waukegan 6-0 and host Grayslake Central beat Round Lake 4-0 Monday on Day 1 of the Rams’ four-team, round-robin tournament.
It was Grant’s first win in four games this season while Grayslake — the three-time defending tourney champ — is 3-1. Waukegan is 1-3 and Round Lake 0-4.
For Grant, freshman Jenna Pecorini recorded a hat trick with all three of her goals coming after halftime (50th, 56th and 64th minutes).
A freshman or sophomore scored all six goals for Grant, starting with freshman Marissa Allen’s rocket that found the twice just two minutes in.
Sophomores Nina Deligio and Alyssa Wilhelm had the other tallies.
Grant coach Mike Kennedy noted his team, like everybody in this tourney, was missing players because of spring break.
“Jenna Pecorini is usually a forward,” he said. “Today, we put her at center-mid and she comes up with three goals.
“I’m very excited. We have three freshmen and a good group of sophomores. There’s some talent out there.”
Waukegan coach Jose Fernandez said his Bulldogs are better than what they showed on the pitch.
“We only have five seniors and had four freshmen play today. It’s a work in progress. Last year, we were an older, more-experienced team.”
In the other game, Round Lake gave Grayslake Central trouble for a half and played well throughout.
Round Lake coach Andres Orbe said his team is “still learning how to play together. I think we’ve finally corrected a few things that were very problematic for us the first few games.
“I thought we did a nice job in the first half. In the second, we took some more chances in hopes of creating some offense. When you do that, sometimes you get caught.”
Grayslake got two goals from freshman call-up Mikayla Willmuth, and single tallies from Alex Wilson and Savannah Mudd.
Freshman call-up Rachel Effa picked up the shutout, but didn’t have much to do.
Grayslake Central Head Coach Mike McCaulou
“In the end, we pitched a shutout, so you can’t be too unhappy, but we can play a lot better,” said Rams coach Mike McCaulou. “Give Round Lake credit, they played hard, and they didn’t quit.”
STANDINGS Team W-L-T
Round Lake 0-1-0
Grant 6, Waukegan 0
Grayslake Central 4, Round Lake 0
Grant vs. Round Lake, 10 a.m.
Grayslake Central vs. Waukegan, noon
Round Lake vs. Waukegan, 10 a.m.
Grant vs. Grayslake Central, noon