Boys soccer: Grayslake Central punches return trip to state

  • Grayslake Central's Mitchell Fein celebrates his penalty kick.

      Grayslake Central's Mitchell Fein celebrates his penalty kick. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central goalkeeper Uriel Garcia Perez makes a first-half save against Notre Dame during Tuesday's Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake. The Rams won 3-0 and will play at state Friday.

      Grayslake Central goalkeeper Uriel Garcia Perez makes a first-half save against Notre Dame during Tuesday's Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake. The Rams won 3-0 and will play at state Friday. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Alan Alonso, right, kicks toward the goal under pressure from Notre Dame's Jack Plovanich (19) during Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake.

      Grayslake Central's Alan Alonso, right, kicks toward the goal under pressure from Notre Dame's Jack Plovanich (19) during Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Raymond Sereno (10) and Notre Dame's Ante Basan fight for ball control during Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake.

      Grayslake Central's Raymond Sereno (10) and Notre Dame's Ante Basan fight for ball control during Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Lucas Veenstra, left, and Notre Dame's Sebastian Dzierzanowski compete for the header during Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake.

      Grayslake Central's Lucas Veenstra, left, and Notre Dame's Sebastian Dzierzanowski compete for the header during Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Prince Trawick gets his head on the ball under pressure from Notre Dame's Max Stalencyzk (12) during Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake.

      Grayslake Central's Prince Trawick gets his head on the ball under pressure from Notre Dame's Max Stalencyzk (12) during Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A boys soccer supersectional game in Grayslake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
By Bill McLean
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 11/1/2022 10:03 PM

How fitting.

Grayslake Central junior midfielder Mitchell Fein -- rhymes with "fine" -- had an exceptional match Tuesday night, scoring the first 2 goals in the Rams' 3-0 defeat of Niles Notre Dame in the Grayslake Central boys soccer supersectional.

 

The matchup was a rematch of the GC supersectional last fall, when Grayslake Central edged ND's Dons 1-0 to notch the program's first Final Four state berth in program history.

Fein provided the assist in that contest 364 days ago in frigid, rainy conditions.

"I'd been struggling, scoring goals," Fein, who'd entered the match having netted only 3 goals, admitted Tuesday night in mild, pleasant conditions at William C. Eiserman Stadium.

The first goal of Fein's brace came via a penalty kick in the 13th minute, following a hand ball in the box.

Fein's PK went one way (upper left); ND senior goalkeeper Luca Lobianco went flying the other way.

"We came out stronger against Notre Dame this year," said Rams coach Keith Andersson, whose 2021 edition finished fourth at state and whose current edition (18-1-3 overall, 9-0-2 in its last 11 contests) will face Glenwood in a 2A state semifinal Friday at 3 p.m. at Hoffman Estates.

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"The PK there, we got lucky," he added. "But we continued to play hard and fast. We wanted constant urgency; our guys played with it. Everybody contributed tonight. Starters, subs ... everybody."

Fein struck again in the 61st minute, collecting a feed from freshman midfielder Ivan Sereno and mad-dashing for about 10 yards before poking a 10-yard, near-post shot past Lobianco (5 saves).

"I looked up after receiving the pass, because that's when I usually think, 'Cross.' But, tonight, I took it.

"I took the shot."

Good call.

Rams sophomore forward Prince Trawick capped the night's scoring 8 minutes later, hammering a 40-yard cracker that entered the northwest corner of the goal and drew a thunderous roar from the home side's fans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

GC's leading scorer, senior co-captain Alan Alonso, dished the assist. "A-squared" was a legit threat each time the ball was anywhere near his feet, but he also displayed frighteningly good defensive acumen throughout the night after Halloween.

The Rams' sturdy back line -- Lucas Veenstra, Eric Garcia-Perez, Damian Sereno and Anderson Chevrier -- played fine, too, and made life manageable for winning goalkeeper Uriel Garcia Perez (2 saves).

GC's win Tuesday night marked its third straight on the home pitch; Andersson's club won twice last week to capture the second sectional championship in program history.

Junior midfielder Ian Martinez stood out for the Dons (16-6-1).

"Ian," ND assistant coach Mike Regal said, "was nonstop all night. What a player.

"First few minutes, we were nervous," he added. "Then we settled down. We're young. Our young guys wanted to play well for the seniors in this rematch, maybe too well. There was pressure. (Grayslake Central) came out ready to play. That's a good, tough team."

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