Wheaton Academy boys soccer takes thriller over Marmion
AURORA – After 77-plus intense but relatively uneventful minutes of soccer, all heck broke loose in Wednesday night's Suburban Christian Conference title clash between Marmion and Wheaton Academy.
Wheaton Academy emerged with a 2-1, double overtime win, but not before the crowd at chilly Fichtel Field was treated to theatrics of the highest order.
With the conference championship hanging in the balance, Wheaton Academy went ahead, 1-0, after a disputed penalty kick call was converted by the Warriors' Grant Stoneman with 2:42 left in the second half.
The Cadets were livid in the immediate aftermath of the foul called on standout midfielder Matt Switzer, and defender Jake Hutchison was issued a red card for his heated reaction.
Down a man and short on time, the Cadets' outlook was dire until freshman Conor Morton uncorked a dynamite shot to tie the match with 55 seconds left. Morton's blast from about 30 yards out came off his left foot, soaring out of the reach of Warriors goalkeeper Spencer Graf.
Morton said he has scored on deep shots with his off foot before but acknowledged "not that far out. That was a record."
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