Byline: John Bumbales Daily Herald Correspondent
While neither team came away with a victory at the Libertyville Soccer Complex, host Carmel and Crystal Lake South both walked away with some positives on the soccer field Thursday evening.
The Corsairs (6-9-2) took a quick 1-0 lead on their senior night, but Crystal Lake South (8-4-4) scored the lone goal of the second half to salvage a 1-1 tie in non-conference action.
"Carmel is a good team, and they change fields well," said Crystal Lake South coach Don Stumpf, whose team plays in the Rockford Guilford tournament this weekend. "I think we were a little tired, and we spent ourselves against Cary-Grove last night."
The Corsairs opened the scoring just 5:00 into the contest as freshman Amy O'Leary took a pass from Lindsay Pepping and slipped a shot past goalkeeper Colleen Formanek for a 1-0 lead.
Carmel goalie Kelly McGill kept the Gators' offense at bay the entire first half, but South knotted the game early in the second half.
It only took about five minutes for CLS to strike, when junior Kelly Retz managed to wedge a shot past goalie K.T. Ciembronowicz on teammate Sarah Grove's corner kick.
"I didn't think we played as well as we did the other night against Libertyville," said Carmel coach April Muellner, whose team outshot the Gators 15-12. "We have a strong defense, but our stopper Carla Ferretti has been sidelined with an injury."
Palatine 3, Stevenson 1
Palatine's recent scoring drought may have produced the shortest slump in the team's history.
After being shut out two games in a row, the defending state champions bounced back with a 1-0 win at Buffalo Grove Wednesday, then equalled their season-high goal output in a 3-1 victory over Stevenson at the Palatine Tournament Thursday.
The Pirates (11-4-3) looked like they did for most of the season, keeping the ball in the attacking zone while sending wave after wave of players in the box. That was non-existent in losses to Barrington and Hersey in the last week.
Stevenson coach Mark Schartner, whose team entered the game with a four game winning streak - all shutouts - was looking for a better effort Thursday.