BURLINGTON – Alan Camarena and AJ Gouriotis scored in the final 10:29 Tuesday, boosting the host Burlington Central boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory in 2A sectional semifinal against Freeport.
BC (22-2) advanced to Friday’s regional final against Wheaton Academy, a 7-0 winner against Belvidere in the night’s second semifinal.
“We started out very flat,” Central coach Mike Gecan said. “We weren’t really in our rhythm off the bat. It kind of took awhile. We got better and better as the match went on.”
Matt O’Connor assisted Camarena’s goal after a late substitution helped the Rockets open up their style. Jose Uribe had the help on Gouriotis’ goal, which came with 2:42 to play.
The Warriors (20-3-1) defeated BC in a Geneva summer tournament match.
“We know what to expect. We got to watch them tonight after our game, so we know we have to compete,” Gecan said. “They’re a good team. We’re a good team. I’m sure you’re going to see a very, very good game.”
Class 3A Genoa-Kingston Regional: Burlington Central 2, Hampshire 0 (25-14, 25-23): At Genoa, BC advanced to Thursday’s regional final against Genoa-Kingston, which it defeated twice this season en route to tying for the Big Northern Conference East crown. Jenna Schudel and Lauren Wiltsie both had eight kills for the 25-11 Rockets.
Class 3A Aurora Central Catholic Regional: Providence 2, Rosary 0 (25-19, 25-12): At Aurora, Rosary’s season ended with a regional semifinal loss.
Class 3A Timothy Christian Regional: St. Francis 2, Timothy Christian 1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-15): At Elmhurst, St. Francis opened the defense of its 3A state title with a rally that put it in Thursday’s regional final.
Class 2A Aurora Christian Regional: IC Catholic 2, Aurora Christian 0 (25-16, 25-9): At Aurora, host ACS suffered a season-ending sweep. The Eagles had advanced to the semifinals with Monday’s regional quarterfinal victory against Walther Lutheran.
Geneva playoff ticket policy: Tickets for Geneva’s Class 7A first-round playoff game against St. Patrick at 7:30 p.m. Friday will be sold at the gate. Gates open at 6:30 and all tickets are $5. No season tickets, student tickets or passes will be accepted.