Round Lake, Lakes in North Shore Shootout finals
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun August 23, 2012 9:00PM
8/23/12 Lake Forest's Peter Passalino (left) and Round Lake's Lorenzo Cortez battle for the ball in Lake Forest. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
THURSDAY’S RESULTS Semifinals
Lakes 3, Highland Park 2 (shootout)
Dundee-Crown 2, Waukegan 1
Carmel 1, Deerfield 0
SAT. 10 A.M. GAMES
Round Lake vs. Lakes (1st)
Lake Forest vs. Highland Park (3rd)
Dundee-Crown vs. Carmel (5th)
Waukegan vs. Deerfield (7th)
Updated: October 23, 2012 1:58AM
Round Lake crushed Lake Forest and Lakes edged Highland Park in a shootout on Thursday to advance to the finals of the North Shore Shootout at Lake Forest.
Lakes 3, Highland Park 2 (PK)
Trevor Ray scored a pair of regulation goals off assists by Ramon Marin, and his younger brother, Kevin (10 saves), Ray came up big between the pipes for the Eagles (3-1-0).
Lakes won the shootout 3-2.
Round Lake 4, Lake Forest 0
Junior keeper Jack Sentell came up with big stops on the first five Round Lake shots, but the Panthers’ speed, ball- handling, and efficient passing eventually broke down the Scout defense.
The Panthers put 14 shots on net in the contest and without Sentell’s early heroics could have put up more than four.
Fab freshman Freddie Ramirez scored the first two goals for the Panthers and star Mauricio Salgado had a goal to go with a pair of assists.
Lake Forest created some opportunities in the second half, including drawing a penalty kick in the 58th minute, but nothing bounced the Scouts way on this day as John Roberts put the PK wide.
Ramirez is excited about contributing to a great team as a ninth-grader.
“I’m happy to come in as a freshman and be able to help my team. My teammates played a really good game today. They really support me, so that takes the pressure off and helps me go out there and play my game,” he said.
“These guys all play hard. They always keep the pressure on. Even today, I thought we could have scored more goals.”
The team’s star is Salgado, who looks like a major-college player.
“We put in a lot of work during the preseason. It’s worth it. We’re all in phenomenal shape and we expect to win,” Salgado said.
“We expect to score goals. Possession is a big part of our game, and we’re fast.”
Lake Forest coach Rod Perry was impressed with the Panthers.
“(Round Lake) might be the most-skilled team we play all year,” he said. “They play with a nice pace, a nice tempo. Their No. 7 (Salgado) is absolutely outstanding. He was the best player on the field, and they found ways to put him in dangerous situations.”
Round Lake has now scored nine goals in two tournament games.