Lake Forest-LFA play to drawLAKE FOREST Tuesday Oct 11 2011
Lake Forest's goalie Devin Gregory (0) makes a save from Lake Forest Academy. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 11, 2011 9:19PM
With the clock winding down, Craig Scott figured he had nothing to lose.
The Lake Forest Academy junior unleashed a 30-yard shot from the left side. The ball moved through traffic and nestled inside the far post to help the Caxys forge a 2-2 tie Tuesday against host Lake Forest.
“It was the last minutes of the game,” said Scott, who was assisted by Joey Laboy. “I thought, ‘I might as well take a shot.’”
The long shot caught Scouts goalkeeper Sam Audley by surprise.
“Sam read it as a cross,” said Scouts coach Rob Parry. “He saw two (LFA) guys going to the back post, so he laid off. But it was a great shot.”
Scott’s goal tied the game with only 2:03 left in the game. The Scouts (11-4-1) tried to answer, but a header by John Moderwell sailed wide in the final minute.
The late tally spoiled a big game by Lake Forest midfielder Riley Scholer. The senior scored both Scout goals to bump his season total to three.
In the 24th minute of action, Ian Forlow lofted a long pass to Scholer. He promptly slammed in the point-blank shot to give LF a 1-0 lead.
The Caxys responded less than six minutes later. Charlie Versen stole a ball deep in Scout territory and ripped a 20-yard bullet just under the crossbar.
“Both of our goals were excellent shots,” said Caxys coach Kevin Versen.
The second Scholer goal came after a corner kick by Kevin Grube. The ball caromed off No. 15 to give the Scouts a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute.
“Our kids were upset by that goal,” Coach Versen said. “We thought the ball went out of bounds and caromed off a wheel (which supports the net).”
As expected, the match was intense.
“It’s a good friendly rivalry,” said Coach Versen, aware the teams are 1-1-2 in four meetings.
A big moment occurred late in the first half when Caxy goalkeeper Joe Tarkington stopped a penalty kick.
LF Academy had plenty of chances to score more goals. In the second half, Shannon Seymour hit the crossbar and Manny Chavez hit the post (on a header).
Good week: Lake Forest will play for the North Suburban Conference title on Oct. 13. The Scouts will travel to Lakes for a 6:15 p.m. showdown, hoping to bring home the first NSC championship to Lake Forest since 1979.
In the first game of the 2011 campaign, the Scouts lost 2-1 to the Eagles.
The Scouts wrapped up the NSC Lake crown with victories over Libertyville and Lake Zurich last week.
First, the Scouts edged the state-ranked Wildcats 2-1 on Oct. 4. The LF goals belonged to James Ankenman (from Michael Shipp) and Forlow.
Lake Forest improved to 5-1 in division play by defeating Lake Zurich 2-0 on Oct. 6. The goals belonged to Ankenman and Moderwell (assisted by Tim Boyle). Audley made six saves to preserve the club’s seventh shutout of the season.