Boys Soccer: Stevenson earns revenge, regional win against Lake Zurich

Updated: October 16, 2012 8:08PM

Stevenson was not about to get clawed twice.

On Oct. 1, Lake Zurich’s boys soccer team shut out the Patriots 2-0. On Tuesday, regional host Stevenson got a first half goal from junior Ceasar Navarro and held on to beat the Bears 1-0 in a semifinal matchup.

“We played the worst game of our season against them that day,” said senior goalkeeper Quentin Low, who now has 13 shutouts on the season. “We knew it was do or die and we came up big.”

With strong winds blowing straight from the south, the Patriots scored the lone goal while dribbling directly into the gusts. In the game’s 23rd minute, there was a scramble in front of the Bears’ net. Navarro gained possession and with the ball at his feet, rolled an unassisted goal past Lake Zurich keeper Mike Savio.

The Patriots (15-3-1) reach the regional final for the fourth year in a row and hope to break through into the sectional round for the first time since 2009. They will play for a regional title against the winner of Hersey and Waukegan Saturday at 11 a.m. on their home field.

Lake Zurich (6-10-4) ends it season, failing to advance to a regional final for only the second time in four years.

“I’m not ready for the season to end because I enjoyed being around these guys so much,” said Lake Zurich coach Mike Schmitz. “It didn’t matter the score, didn’t matter anything, the effort these guys put in on a daily basis was fun to watch.”

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