Round 1 of the eight-team Lakes Invitational was good for Grayslake North and terrible for Waukegan as the Knights are way better than their 5-6 record suggests, and Waukegan’s best players apparently are wearing Chicago Magic travel jerseys.
THE TURNING POINT
In the seventh minute, Kelley O’Brien made an exquisite shot from the corner that went over Savannah Knuth’s head and in from the tightest of angles. That opened the scoring that included goals by Meghan McCue (13th minute and 23rd minute), Jocelyn Rodriguez (14th minute), Lindsey Allen (35th minute) and Chelsea Olson (71st minute).
BY THE NUMBERS
Waukegan’s best scoring chance came off a free kick from 25 yards out in the 38th minute. Grayslake North keeper Abby Rice (two saves) made a leaping save on Jazmin Herrera’s shot, punching the ball off the crossbar and then falling on it when it landed in front of the net.
“We’re better than a 5-6 team without a doubt. We had a couple of injuries and a couple of absences with school trips that led us to take a step back after we had built a head of steam. Now that we’re pretty much back to full strength, we look a lot better.” — Grayslake North coach Adam DeCaluwe
“It’s definitely been a learning year for us. Unfortunately, we had a number of seniors graduate and a number of players picked up by a club team. So we have a really young team that is learning to play varsity soccer for the first time. It’s been a learning experience all-around. I’m very proud of the girls being able to step up and compete. Even today, after falling behind 5-0 in the first half, we only gave up one in the second half. They never quit. They always play hard.” — first-year Waukegan coach Rachel Brenna
OTHER TOURNEY GAMES
In Pool A, Lakes (6-3) erased Woodstock North (0-8) 7-0. In Pool B, Vernon Hills (6-2-2) beat Richmond (8-4) 4-2, and Antioch edged Zion-Benton 2-1. This is an eight-team tourney with two four-team pools. Round-robin play will continue Thursday. Vernon Hills got a pair of goals from Kaitlin Gramins. Kelsey Seal and Natalie Mariduena also scored. Lakes got a hat trick from Brianna Rosales and a pair of goals from Nicole D’Ambrose. Maya Schmitt and Teresa Cipolla also scored. Cara Jones got the shutout.