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1. Round Lake is undefeated in its last eight games (6-0-2) and the primary cause is the outstanding play of senior Freddie Ramirez. The No. 20 Panthers (8-2-2) roared back from a 3-0 halftime deficit against Antioch to score four goals in an 18-minute second half blitz to take sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Prairie. Ramirez scored his 17th and 18th goals. Alejandro Sotelo scored the game winner, and has 10 goals on the season.

2. Injuries to two starting midfielders slowed Neuqua Valley at the start of the year, but the Wildcats are close to regaining full health and playing outstanding soccer in matching the expectations of a team ranked No. 5 to start the season. Neuqua Valley (7-5) is 6-1 since September 4th. A key player now back, Xavi Ortiz scored two goals in the Wildcats’ 5-1 dismantling of a solid Conant team on Saturday.

3. Top-ranked Morton (11-0-2) looks to snap a two-game PepsiCo Showdown finals losing streak it when it plays No. 3 Lyons in the championship of this years tournament on Sunday at DePaul. Senior midfielder Edgar Garcia has been a dangerous weapon all tournament, having scored two goals against Kelly and accounted for both goals in the semifinals against Wheaton Academy. “You can plug him in anywhere, and he can do something for you,” Morton coach Mike Caruso said.

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