The Lyons Township soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to finish with a tie against highly-ranked Neuqua Valley on Saturday.
The defending Class 3A State champs (2-0-1) endured a nearly 10-minute delay due to an officiating mix up before Ben Larson and Mark Pawula were able to notch the game at 2-2 for the Lions. Both Larson and Pawula scored on headers with Pawula’s coming with less than two minutes left in the game.
Earlier in the week, Brett Heimerdinger and Horacio Sanchez led the Lions to a 2-0 shutout of Hinsdale South.
The Lions opened the season with a 3-0 win over Sandburg. Midfielder Peter Grabek scored two goals, while Kyle Kurfirst dished out two assists. Elliot Borge also scored a goal and Kevin Beglen recorded the shutout in goal.
The Lions host St. Viator on Friday (4:30 p.m.).
The Riverside-Brookfield girls tennis team (3-0) opened the season last week by going 3-0, including downing Elk Grove 7-2 and Montini 4-1.
The win over Elk Grove wasn’t as lopsided as the score would make it seem. Out of the nine matches, six went to tie-breakers, five of which the Bulldogs won.
Number 2 singles player Becky Pendola defeated her opponent 5-7, 6-1 (10-4), while Jamie Payne won at fourth singles 6-7, 6-3, (10-6).
Riverside-Brookfield’s No. 1 singles player Robin Jensen lost her match against Elk Grove and was forced out of remaining matches due to illness.
All RB’s doubles teams won, including Haley St. Paul and Nina Waszak in No. 1 slot.
The Friars kicked off the season by going 2-1 in the Windy City Ram Classic hosted by Argo last week.
Fenwick closed out the tournament falling to Reavis 4-2 in penalty kicks.
Albano Latifi scored two goals and assisted on one to lead the Friars past Argo 3-1 in the second round. Jack Alberts added a goal and Quinn Smith dished out two assists in the win.
The Friars opened the season and the tournament with a 5-0 thrashing of Richards. Latifi and Justin Giacotto each scored two goals apiece in the win. Latifi also had two assists. Alberts also scored for the Friars, while goalkeepers John Planek and Sam Wolff combined for the shutout.