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After stumbling to an 0-5 record, Argo has gone 4-1-1 over its last six matches, including big South Suburban conference wins over Shepard and Tinley Park.

The Argonauts rolled to a 7-0 victory Tuesday over Oak Forest to improve to 4-6-1 and 4-3 in league play.

“Having eight sophomores and three freshmen on the team, it took a while, but we’ve finally started playing at a good level,” Argo coach John Gaytan said. “We’ve been consistent. The only game that really hurt us was (a 3-0 loss Sept. 27 to T.F. United). We really didn’t play well, and that hurt us in the conference race.”

Gaytan knows that even with three league losses, the Argonauts have a shot in the wide-open South Suburban Red if they can win out in conference play.

“I tell them to keep playing one game at a time; we can still be in the middle of the race,” he said. “If we don’t win the conference, we’ll be spoilers for someone else.”

Junior midfielder Jerry Patino leads Argo with five goals and five assists.

“He’s our best player,” Gaytan said. “He’s our captain, and he’s the general of our midfield.”

Freshman Osvaldo Rodriguez has stepped in as the team’s starting goalie because of injuries and has played well.

“We have a bright future with all the young players,” Gaytan said. “There are six more sophomores playing at the lower level who are capable of playing varsity right now if I wanted them to.”

A welcome return

After winning its first nine matches, Marian Catholic took a big hit when it lost leading soccer Alec Guarino to injury.

Guarino missed eight games, with the Spartans went 1-4-3 over that stretch. He returned Monday and scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Illiana Christian, then scored both goals again in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over St. Rita.

“His return has been a big boost for our team and is a clear indication of how valuable he is to our team,” Marian coach Nasser Shahtaji said.

Player of the Week

Slawomir Chrobak, of Reavis, is this week’s SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Player of the Week.

Chrobak, a freshman, had seven goals and two assists over three matches, all Rams wins. He turned in a four-goal performance in a 6-1 win over Richards.

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