Huskies take down Lyons in 2OT
Updated: March 22, 2011 5:10PM
Max Auden scored from 15 yards out on a header 46 seconds into double overtime off a free kick into the box by Evan Trychta to lift the No. 2 Naperville North to a 3-2 victory Tuesday over No. 1 Lyons in a Class 3A Supersectional at Hinsdale Central and send the Huskies to their first state finals since 2002.
The goal extended a nine-game winning streak and an 18-game unbeaten run for the Huskies, who had to overcome the emotional setback of Austin Wolff's game-tying goal for Lyons with 21 seconds left in regulation off a long throw-in from Peter Kralovec-Kirchherr.
"Disappointment definitely set in, but right after that we put our head back up and we knew it was coming," Auden said. "We just had that feeling, it's our year."
Jimmy Butler and Trychta both had second-half goals for Naperville North. Trychta's came 1:09 after Kyle Kurfirst had the score at 1 for Lyons (22-2-2) with 25:54 left in the second off another long throw-in from Kralovec-Kirchherr.
"Those throw-ins are just a killer," Huskies goalie Kevin Anderson said. "It's the most extreme cross. It's not a swung in cross like off a corner. It's just a straight driven ball off the throw right into an area where any little touch can send it past you."
Anderson had three saves for Naperville North (21-2-2) and faced 18 long-throw-ins into the box from Lyons. Kevin Beglen had three saves for the Lions, who were attempting to become the first large-school to repeat since Sandburg in 2001 and 2002 and who Naperville North coach Jim Konrad said show the heart of a championed to tie the score in the final minute regulation.
"[Giving up that goal] was worse than getting hit in the stomach," Konrad said. "The good thing is that [our team is a bunch of] young kids and are still dumb enough to think, Well, we're ok.' The just believe that they're going to do it. We got a horse shoe tucked away somewhere."
Naperville North's victory snapped a 14-game win streak for Lyons, which played without Horacio Sanchez due to a red card suspension.
"It makes you value last year and realize how special it is to win a state championship because whether you're trying to repeat or just win your first it's extremely difficult," Kurfirst said. "We had our chances today. I think if we had [Sanchez] that would have helped. But the kids that stepped in for him did great and you have to tip your hat to Naperville North. They did really well."