Boys Soccer: Host Warren routs Grant in regional semifinals
Updated: October 16, 2012 7:35PM
Daniel Szczepanek and Aunor Solis each scored twice as host Warren routed Grant 7-0 Tuesday in the semifinals of the Warren Regional.
Warren (16-5-3) will play Round Lake at noon on Saturday for the title. Grant finished 4-17.
Szczepanek scored in the fifth and 19th minutes to make it 2-0. It was 3-0 at halftime, and the game was shortened by 8:23 when freshman Lucas Gieb tallied in the 64th minute to make it 7-0 and invoke the automatic game-shortening rule.
“The first tourney game, we wanted to get the ball rolling and get the momentum going our way,” said Szczepanek, who will play next year at Marquette. “Now that it’s going our way, we have to take it step by step.
“We approach it like a ladder, where each step is the next game. Our focus is on Saturday, not on state.”
Last year, Warren reached the Final Four of the big-school tourney and has a fourth-place trophy sitting in the school to show for that great effort.
“We have high expectations. Conference championships and tournament championships are great, but it comes down to postseason success,” said Warren coach Jason Ahonen. “That’s what people remember.
“They don’t remember that we won conference two years ago or that Lake Forest won it last year. They remember who went to state. That’s still our goal.
“Today was just a step in that process.”