Boys Soccer: Round Lake, Warren earn hard-fought draw

Story Image Warren's Nick Wegrznowicz (right) tries to get past Round Lake's Lorenzo Cortez (left) and Mariano Narvaez during their soccer match at Round Lake. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: September 20, 2012 9:14PM

Round Lake’s AB Murua scored in the 58th minute and Warren’s Timmy Pieper answered in the 67th minute as two of Lake area’s best high school soccer teams battled to a 1-1 draw on Thursday night in front of a huge crowd.

Round Lake is now 12-2-1 while Warren is 10-3-1. The teams will most certainly rematch in the IHSA Class 3A regional finals next month.

That match will be Warren, while this tie was forged on Round Lake’s pitch.

“In years past, we’ve just been beaten up by Warren,” noted Round Lake coach Hugo Tellez. “The scores have felt like touchdowns. To come out 1-1, I’m really proud of these guys.”

The game actually could have ended in Round Lake’s favor.

But twice in the last two minutes, Warren keeper R.J. Hill came up huge on free kicks from outside the box.

Both teams demonstrated outstanding ball skills and speed, although Warren did accumulate four yellow cards to none for the poised Round Lake 11.

“We’ve been looking forward to this game all year,” said Mura, whose first name is short for ‘Abraham.’ “We brought our ‘A’ game today, but they did their part too. It was a great game.”

Warren’s Pieper agreed.

“They have a lot of really skilled, aggressive players,” Pieper said. “I think we learned that when things go against us, we can’t get down on ourselves. We just have to keep going.”

Warren coach Jason Ahonen was satisfied with the draw.

“It was a fun match,” he said. “It was two very skilled teams on a narrow pitch. It was nice to see us fight.

“We got down and we didn’t panic. We were efficient on our set pieces and very dangerous. That’s what we needed to do. It’s not necessarily about a win, loss or tie, but about making strides in the right direction against quality competition.

For the game, Hill stopped nine of 10 shots. Round Lake keeper Jose Martinez had four saves, although the shot numbers did not accurately reflective the evenness of the back-and-forth game.

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