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Taking part in at a legitimate stadium for essentially the most necessary time and scoring a draw for Argo added up to what senior forward Mohamed Ahmed called “the finest sport of my life.”
Reavis freshman Krystian Paluch, though, created a provocative moment of his possess and made sure Ahmed also can no longer but celebrate a conference championship to cap off a thrilling evening.
The Argonauts and Rams, the stay two groups in the South Suburban Purple, battled Thursday to a 2-2 tie at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.
“It modified into as soon as a gargantuan stadium,” Ahmed mentioned. “There modified into as soon as a form of cheering from every side. There fetch been varied emotions than I’ve had playing soccer prior to. It modified into as soon as the finest sport of my life.”
The tie modified into as soon as a extra sure consequence for Argo (9-3-4, 7-1-2), which soundless controls its destiny in the conference bustle. The Argonauts can clinch the championship with a handle shut Tuesday over Oak Lawn in their final South Suburban Purple sport.
The Rams (9-4-3, 6-0-4) now want some abet from the Spartans and a undeniable consequence Wednesday in opposition to Eisenhower.
Reavis, though, battled aid from a 2-0 deficit to affect the contrivance Thursday.
After Pedro Guzman scored on a penalty kick in essentially the most necessary half, Paluch got right here through with the equalizer with 33 minutes, 8 seconds to move.
On a nook kick, Emanuel Montero’s depraved found out Guzman in the center of the sphere. Guzman despatched a header toward the draw and Paluch redirected the ball into the aid of the net.
It modified into as soon as the 2nd draw of the season for Paluch, a defender.
“It’s the finest feeling,” Paluch mentioned. “It’s enjoyable to affect a fair defensive play, nevertheless scoring targets, you can even’t describe that feeling, especially doing it in this ambiance.
“Professionals play on this field. It’s rather great a dream advance fair. It’s loopy when you mediate about it.”
Reavis coach Impress Gniadek modified into as soon as no longer stunned to stare Paluch lift.
“Krystian’s unimaginable,” Gniadek mentioned. “After I favor an example of any individual to assemble one thing the hardworking map, he’s my move-to guy already as a freshman. To fetch a freshman assemble that tonight in a gargantuan sport is even greater.”
Ahmed opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he took a pass from Michal Gacek, sprinted down the left side of the sphere and ripped a 15-yard shot interior the a ways put up.
“It modified into as soon as the finest feeling after we entered on the sphere, and when I scored, that modified into as soon as the finest feeling of my life,” Ahmed mentioned. “I’ve never felt one thing else treasure that prior to. The followers fetch been screaming, and it modified into as soon as so exciting.”
Ahmed, in his first season at Argo after transferring from Richards, is hoping to skills his first conference title. A few of his teammates fetch been part of the 2019 team that shared the South Suburban Purple championship with Shepard.
“Reavis put rigidity on us, nevertheless on the slay, the tie modified into as soon as a fair feeling on epic of we’re soundless on top in the conference,” he mentioned. “Confidently, we’re going to beat Oak Lawn and handle shut the conference.”
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The Argonauts prolonged their lead to 2-0 in the 17th minute when Gerard Kleczewski scored off an abet from Ahmed.
In the slay, though, they’d to maintain on for the tie.
“We’re soundless in first, we’re in the motive force’s seat and we handle an eye on our possess destiny,” Argo coach Carlos Marquez mentioned. “We wished to clinch it (Thursday), nevertheless we know a 2-0 lead is no longer commonly stable and Reavis continually plays us mighty.
“It’s a contention. There are bragging rights. It’s affect of treasure the Packers in opposition to the Bears.”
Steve Millar is a freelance reporter for the Each day Southtown.