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Antioch beats Lakes 2-1 to win soccer regional

Antioch High School celebrates with pile Boys Varsity Regional Final Lakes High School. | Mark Ukena/For Sun-Times Media

Antioch High School celebrates with a pile on at the Boys Varsity Regional Final at Lakes High School. | Mark Ukena/For Sun-Times Media

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Carmel 1, Palatine Fremd 0 (4-3 in PKs after 0-0 tie)

Buffalo Grove 2, Palatine 1

Barrington 2, Libertyville 0

Lake Forest 2, Hersey 1 (2ot)


At Mundelein — Barrington vs. Lake Forest, 4:30

At Mundelein — Carmel (12-7-3) vs. Buffalo Grove (7-8-6), 6:30

At Evanston — Evanston vs. Maine South, 4:30

At Evanston — Wheeling (19-1-2) vs. New Trier (12-3-7), 7



Marian Central 4, Woodstock North 3

Vernon Hills 5, Senn of Chicago 1

Antioch 2, Lakes 1

Grayslake Central 2, Wauconda 0


At Ridgewood — St. Ignatius vs. Lake View of Chicago, 4:30

At Ridgewood — Ridgewood vs. Amundsen of Chicago, 6:30


At Grayslake North — Marian Central (12-5-1) vs. Vernon Hills, 4:30

At Grayslake North — Antioch (16-4-3) vs. Grayslake Central (16-2-2), 6:30. Note that these teams played way back in early September and Antioch won 4-2. Since that loss, Grayslake Central is 14-0-2. Ironically, its other loss was to Vernon Hills, which also is still alive in this sectional. Grayslake’s ties were with big-school powers Round Lake and Dundee-Crown.

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Updated: December 27, 2013 2:15AM

When the Antioch Sequoits needed him most, Iven Hernandez was there for them.

As a result, Antioch will be playing Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Class 2A (smaller schools) sectional at Grayslake North against Grayslake Central.

Hernandez, a junior striker, struck in the 62nd minute to tie the game, and then assisted on the game-winner in the 72nd minute as the Sequoits rallied past host Lakes 2-1 to win a regional title for the first time since 2009.

The result snapped Lakes’ string of regional championships at five and their season ended at 13-7-3.

Antioch (16-4-3) trailed 1-0 at the half on goal by Joey Savino in the 14th minute. Assisting on the play was senior star Richard Galat, who had to leave the game in the 49th minute with a concussion.

And for the entire first 40 minutes, Hernandez was bottled up by the Eagles’ defense.

But that changed after the break. He got the equalizer when he took a pass on the run 30 yards out, dribbled to the back line and put it over the keeper and just under the crossbar. It was his 32nd goal of the year.

Then, with eight minutes left in the game, his corner kick dropped right in front of the net and Eric Pedersen headed it home, as it glanced off the hands of Lakes goalie Jack Monson.

Antioch then packed it in and defended superbly in front of keeper Tommy Tritschler (five saves).

“I’ll be honest. They did kind of stop me in the first half,” said Hernandez. “The second half, I wasn’t going to let that happen.

“Hopefully, this win shows people that we’re a good team and that we’re going to compete.”

As for the game-winner, Pedersen called it “this is probably one of the happiest goals of my life. I’ll be thinking about if for awhile. There wasn’t much time left and we had to score. Luckily, I got my head on it and it went into the back of the net. We played good defense the rest of the game and were able to hold them.”

Antioch coach Marni Polakow was thrilled to finally beat the Sequoits’ intradistrict rival. “In my career as a coach at Antioch, I haven’t beaten Lakes — regular season or postseason,” she said. “This generation of players didn’t know what it was like to beat Lakes.

“For it to come in a game like this that really means something too, it really means a lot to them. They work hard and they deserve it.”

On the Lakes side, veteran coach Kevin Kullby praised Antioch’s effort. The teams had tied 2-2 during the regular season.

“Antioch played hard, they played together, they made the best of their chances, and they got two and we got one. That’s the nature of the beast,” the coach said.

“My hat’s off to them. They played with a lot of heart and determination.”

As for his team’s season, Kullby summed it up this way: “They were very dynamic, very exciting up front. They played good soccer and we were competitive with every team.

“This team gave up the second-fewest number of goals in our school’s history. We got our first all-state player (Jon Borzick). He was most deserving. I was most proud of his effort this season. He kept everyone together and played his heart out everywhere. Today, he just didn’t put enough of his chances on net.”

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