ELGIN – Efficient and opportunistic play allowed the Aurora Central Catholic boys soccer team to defeat host St. Edward, 1-0, Saturday in a Class 1A regional final.
The Chargers' David Petesch ran under a Victor Franco free kick from the other side of the field and snuck it inside the front post for the lone tally in the first half.
ACC (9-11) lost to St. Edward, 4-1, in Suburban Christian Conference play last month. The team advanced to face host Genoa-Kingston in a sectional semifinal at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
"Honestly, the guys game and played today," Chargers coach Eric Cournaya said. "It was a great game from both teams, and we were just able to take care of one of our opportunities."
Goalkeeper Andy Czerak made five saves to record the shutout while also staring down what Cournaya called a number of "dodged bullets" after intermission.
West Aurora Sectional: At Aurora, Kaneland tied for second at the sectional and qualified a pair of entries to next week's state meet. Sammie Schrepferman was second in singles, while the doubles tandem of Jelly Emmanouil and Maddie Jurcenko took fourth.
Rosary's doubles duo of Megan Conlin and Andrea Goyao also is state-bound after winning the sectional title.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Northern Illinois Big 12 meet: At Morris, Kaneland (78) finished third in the meet won by Yorkville (36) despite top 10 finishes from Kyle Carter (eighth, 15:35) and Nathaniel Kucera (10th, 15:39).
Suburban Christian Conference meet: At Aurora, host Marmion tallied 24 points to comfortably take the title in an eight-team field that included Wheaton Academy (second, 45), St. Francis (third, 69) and Aurora Central Catholic (fourth, 100).
Marmion boasted four runners in the top 10. Cadets John Graft (16:16), Ethan Young (16:18) and Brady Bobbitt (16:19) packed up to finish 1-2-3. St. Francis' Nick Vilimek (fourth, 16:28), Wheaton Academy's Noah Van Dyke (fifth, 16:30) and ACC's Javier Montelongo (11th, 16:48) paced their respective teams.
Big Northern Conference meet: At Genoa, runner-up Burlington Central (63) pushed champion Winnebago (54) behind Clay Musial (third, 15:25) and Josh Schwarting (10th, 15:49).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Northern Illinois Big 12 meet: At Morris, Kaneland (66) finished as runner-up to champion DeKalb (52). Victoria Clinton (fifth, 17:56) and Brianna Bower (seventh, 18:09) registered top 10 finishes for the Knights.
Suburban Christian Conference meet: At Aurora, Wheaton Academy (59) clipped Rosary (64) and Montini (65) for the team title. Gretchen Pearson (fourth, 19:40) led the Warriors, finishing between Rosary's Madison Ronzone (third, 19:36) and Emily Martin (fifth, 19:44).
St. Francis took fourth behind Meghan McShea's runner-up finish in 19:33. Aurora Central Catholic was fifth among seven teams, with Karina Liz running seventh in 19:52.
Big Northern Conference meet: At Genoa, Burlington Central (112) edged a packed field for second behind runaway champion Marengo (41). Katie Bush was the Rockets' top runner, finishing sixth in 18:35.
Minooka Invitational: St. Charles North captured its second tournament championship in as many weekends and third this season. The 27-5 North Stars went 5-0 and topped Normal West, 25-17, 25-16 in the title match. Taylor Krage smacked 37 kills on the weekend. Taryn DalDegan added 47 assists, while Sophia DuVall contributed 26 kills and 10 blocks.
Glenbard East Autumnfest: At Lombard, St. Charles East opened bracket play with a loss to Waubonsie Valley before recovering to defeat Downers Grove North (25-19, 25-21) and Loyola Academy (25-20, 25-9). East went 4-1 on the weekend and is 26-6. Carly Jimenez dished 54 assists on the day
Maine West Pumpkin Tournament: At Des Plaines, Batavia took fourth in the event, the best finish in program history. The Bulldogs lost to Libertyville, 25-22, 22-25, 28-30 in the third-place match. Audrey Faulhaber (119 assists), Heather Meyer (60 kills) and Maddie Jaudon (68 digs) were among Batavia's leaders.