CL South Knots Up Carmel 1-1

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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 5:00 for CLS to strike, but 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."

Glenbard North 3, West Chicago 0

Now comes the easy part for Glenbard North.

The Panthers evened their record in the DuPage Valley Conference Thursday night by blanking West Chicago 3-0 in Carol Stream.

The victory put Glenbard North at 3-3 in the DVC, just behind Wheaton North (3-2 DVC). If the Panthers win their final conference game of the season next Thursday, and if the Falcons lose one of their two remaining conferences matches, the teams will be tied for the coveted fourth-place position.

Of course, there's one small problem. Glenbard North plays perennial DVC power Naperville North next Thursday, and the Panthers have never beaten the Huskies in nine tries.

The one advantage, however, is that the Panthers will have the home-field advantage against the Huskies. That means a narrow field to help Glenbard North contain Naperville North a little better.

But no matter how you look at the matchup, it'll take a huge effort on the part of the Panthers to end the season in the top half of the DVC for the second straight season. …