HOFFMAN ESTATES – They don't come much closer than this.
Playing in a Class 2A state semifinal Friday at Hoffman Estates High School, Wheaton Academy's boys soccer team went to penalty kicks before falling to St. Ignatius 2-1.
The Warriors will play Rochester in the third place game at 11 a.m. Saturday at HEHS.
Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and two overtimes, St. Ignatius converted seven penalty kicks to the Warriors' six to advance to the state title game.
Wheaton Academy's Marshall West broke a scoreless tie about 10 minutes into the second half as he converted Lucas Hoepner's feed for a goal. A little over 10 minutes after that, the Wolfpack pulled even.
It took eight rounds of penalty kicks to decide the winner. West, Sam Hardy, Daniel Bergquist, Casey Zimmerman, Zeb Lewis and Hoepner converted for the Warriors, in order. Drew Sezonov made nine saves in regulation and overtime for Wheaton Academy (22-4-1).