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North Side upsets Arlington Heights 2-1

Published 3/27/2011 9:54:56 PM by staff from dallas
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Arlington Heights is used to long playoff runs.  They have a strng tradition of winning.  It just didn't matter to the North Side boys soccer team Friday night in a first round playoff game.

North Side's Emmanuel Escalera plays with a soccer ball like he has a string attached to it. He lures defenders toward it like a dollar bill on the street and then pulls a fast one the minute they think they've got him figured out.  Despite drawing multiple Arlington Height defenders Thursday, the curly-haired ball wizard still found a way to will his team to a 2-1 victory in a Class 4A Division I bi-district matchup at Farrington Field.

Escalera doesn't need much room to get off a shot, and he didn't have much at the 7:37 mark of the first half. He gave himself a little room to work with by faking out one defender and then unleashed a laser from 25 yards straight on to put North Side up for good.

"I shot it with my left foot because I feel more comfortable that way," Escalera said. "I saw the guy slide to the ground and I just took the shot."

North Side (16-2-5) will play the Arlington Seguin-Joshua winner in the area round either Monday or Tuesday.  The Steers upped their lead to 2-0 at the 33:27 mark of the second half when Luis Navarro tipped in a free kick just a few feet in front of the left post.

Arlington Heights (10-7-2) didn't have many chances in the first half, but Luis Macias, who is nifty with his feet as well, supplied the ones it did have.  He finally broke through with a goal at the 27:13 mark of the second half when he headed in the Yellow Jackets' second corner kick to make it 2-1.  Macias almost tied the game a few minutes later but was denied by North Side goalkeeper Martin Vargas.

Label: North Side soccer, Arlington Heights, Emmanuel Escalera, Martin Vargas
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