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Knights, Eagles fall just short

Grayslake North's Baruk Perez-Ver(left) as Harvard goalie Jose Ortiz  makes save clinching Harvard's victory during their sectional boys soccer

Grayslake North's Baruk Perez-Vera (left) as Harvard goalie Jose Ortiz makes the save clinching Harvard's victory during their sectional boys soccer match at Grayslake Central.

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Updated: December 24, 2012 1:18AM

Grayslake North was done in by the dreaded penalty-kick shootout and Lakes came up just short on Wednesday as both teams were KO’d from the Class 2A soccer tournament with sectional-semifinal losses at Grayslake Central.

Lakes lost 2-1 to perennial power St. Viator after Grayslake North lost the five-kick PK shootout to Harvard 3-2 after teams played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer.

Harvard and St. Viator will play Saturday afternoon for the sectional title, with St. Viator in the role of favorite.

North played the game’s final 38 minutes a man down due to an ejection, but held its own against the Hornets.

“Even down a man, we did what we set out to do,” said Grayslake coach Adam DeCaluwe. “That was our message: Don’t quit; keep fighting; keep playing our game. And we did.

“We were right there. I thought we had more chances than them in the overtime. We gave ourselves a chance to win. Their keeper made great saves on the PKs.”

North finished its season 10-15. Harvard is 17-5-2.

In the shootout, Harvard scored with its 2nd, 3rd and 4th shots.

Grayslake got goals from Sintayehu Meyer (1st shot) and Zach Kottmer (4th).

Harvard goalie Gabriel Juarez, who played sweeper during the game, played goalie in the shootout and made three great saves in the shootout.

In Game 2, Lakes conceded goals in the 38th and 54th minutes to Nick Winter, and got back in the game on Brian Werchek’s goal in the 75th minute.

The Eagles (15-5-4) pushed forward in the closing minutes and got a hard shot by Richard Galat in the final minute that hit the side of the net.

St. Viator is 18-3-3.

“We played our best soccer at the end of the year,” said Lakes coach Kevin Kullby. “That was the great thing. Our kids got better; our team got better. Tonight, we played one of the top two 2A teams in the state.

“I think we did everything we wanted to do. We created chances, but they countered and made good.”

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