Boys Soccer: Fenwick stuns Lyons 2-1 in PKs

Updated: October 20, 2012 9:53PM



The top two seeds in the Class 3A Argo Sectional could not get beyond the regional final.

One day after top-seeded and defending state champion Morton was upset, 10th-seeded Fenwick pulled off a shocker with a 2-1 victory Saturday in penalty kicks over No. 2-seeded Lyons in the Hinsdale South Regional final.

Lyons (18-4-1) missed its first three attempts in the penalty-kick session after the teams were deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of regulation. Carlos Soto scored the clinching PK goal in the fourth round when his low line drive blitzed past Peter Nolan to set off a celebration for the Friars (14-6-1), who are unbeaten in their last 10 games. Fenwick won 3-1 on penalty kicks and is unbeaten in its last 10 games. Fenwick ended Lyons’ eight-game win streak. Lyons had won 15 of 16 games and suffered its first loss since a 3-2 defeat to eventual West Suburban Silver champion Hinsdale Central on Sept. 22.

The Friars will play Benet, which beat Downers Grove South 1-0 Saturday, at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Argo Sectional semifinal.

At No. 3, Benet is the highest remaining seed left in the sectional after eighth-seeded Oak Park-River Forest beat top-seeded Morton 2-1 on Friday.

“Hands down; no question about it, this is the biggest victory in the program’s history,” said Fenwick coach Rob Watson, who is in his eighth season. “I knew it would be a one-goal game. You have to tip your hat to their guys.”

Soto could have won the game near the end of regulation when he took a pass from Dylan Kramer and nearly had a breakaway goal. But Nolan stopped Soto’s shot with 3:19 to go aimed directly at him.

Soto’s goal in the PK came after Matt Murphy scored Lyons’ first PK goal over the head of goalkeeper Jacob Peterson.

“We won the Catholic League [as co-champs],” Soto said, “but this is big too. Anything can happen. That has been our motto. We will keep going and see how far we can go. This is a beautiful team.”

Peterson needed to get his hand on only one Lyons shot in the penalty kicks. He stopped leadoff kicker Frankie Kocimski’s shot, but Collin Smothers’ attempt went over the net and Jack Thomas’ went wide left.

Lyons, which won the Pepsi Showdown last month, had won seven consecutive regional titles while Fenwick has won back-to-back.

“It feels great to finally get a regional title again,” Peterson said. “I look forward to competing in the sectional.”

Fenwick senior Michael Nowicki scored the game’s first goal with 39:02 left in the second half to end Lyons’ streak of five consecutive games without allowing a goal. Nowicki’s chip shot hit the cross bar and dropped into the goal as Nolan moved up toward Nowicki. Nowicki had a similar shot near the end of the first half that went over the crossbar.

Lyons tied the game nine minutes later when Brett Heimerdinger scored on a penalty kick against Peterson on an apparent handball by Fenwick in the penalty area.

Heimerdinger, Ben Larson, Thomas and Smothers played their final games for Lyons, which lost two of its first four games to start the season

“You have to take your hats off to Fenwick,” Lyons coach Paul Labbato said. “I thought they played the perfect match to beat Lyons Township today.”

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