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Men's Soccer - Sat, Aug. 31, 2013
  

Chicago, Il - Brandon Ramirez and Roman Zwarycz starred as IIT men's soccer fought off two late equalizers to defeat Lawrence Tech and book a place in Monday's tournament championship game against Waldorf College.

With the game locked at 2-2, Ramirez picked the ball up on the left flank before dribbling inside and firing home a low strike from 25 yards to beat Lawrence keeper Grady Beerck. The 88th minute winner was Ramirez's first goal for IIT and it could not have come at a better time against a stubborn Lawrence Tech side.

Earlier in the day, Roman Zwarycz gave the Scarlet Hawks a dream start with a clinical finish after just 3 minutes. Ramirez found space on the ball in the middle of the park before dispatching a deft chip over the Lawrence Tech backline. Zwarycz, who at first glance appeared to be offside, latched onto the ball and calmly slotted it past the oncoming keeper to give the Hawks a 1-nil lead.

Freshman forward Samuel Smith had a glorious chance on the half hour mark to double the home side's lead, but his volley went narrowly wide of the upright. Ramirez went closer on the stroke of halftime but his shot on the edge of the box sailed just over the crossbar. The halftime whistle ended a fairly scrappy affair with the hawks carrying a 1-0 advantage into the locker room.

The second half started with much of the pedestrian pace seen in the first half with neither team able to adapt particularly well to the wet Stuart Field surface. Jorge Salas came closest for the Hawks with a well-directed free kick on the hour mark, but Beerck anticipated well to make the save. With Hawks keeper, Bart Grabowski, barely troubled, it appeared that the home side would cruise to their first victory of the season.

However with 12 minutes remaining, Lawrence Tech's Tyler Jugon stunned the home crowd with an unstoppable drive from 30 yards, giving Grabowski no chance as he watched the ball sail into the top corner. The goal appeared to spring the Hawks back to life and it took only 40 seconds to muster a response. Ramirez was again in the thick of the action, this time making a great run down the right wing before sliding the ball across the face of goal to an onrushing Zwarycz who prodded home the ball on his second attempt after being initially denied by the woodwork.

But there was more drama to ensue and in the 85th minute, Lawrence Tech equalized for a second time with Justin Ritchey taking advantage of some lackluster IIT defending to make the score 2-2.

However the Scarlet Hawks would have the last say with Ramirez's stunning effort, 3 minutes from time, sealing the 3 points and sending the home crowd into raptures.

Illinois Tech returns to action on Monday in the championship match of the Scarlet Hawks Invite at 3:30 pm versus Waldorf at 3:30 pm. Lawrence Tech plays Purdue Calumet at 1 pm in the 3rd Place match.

 
 
 
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Thursday, May 15
Men's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Gregory Invitational (@ North Central College)
results
Women's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Gregory Invitational (@ North Central College)
results
Friday, May 9
Men's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Dr. Keeler Invite (@ North Central College)
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Women's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Dr. Keeler Invite (@ North Central College)
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Saturday, May 3
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Maranatha Baptist Bible College at 7
IIT 19
@ US Cellular Field Home of the Chicago White Sox
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Friday, May 2
Baseball
Maranatha Baptist Bible College at 1
IIT 11
Donation Night for the St. James Food Pantry
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Wednesday, Apr 30
Baseball
Calvin College at (8) 10
IIT 5
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Calvin College at 13
IIT 0
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Sunday, Apr 27
Baseball
IIT at (8) 4
Purdue University Calumet 5
stats - recap
IIT at 0
Purdue University Calumet 6
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Saturday, Apr 26
Baseball
IIT at 4
Maranatha Baptist Bible College 2
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IIT at 5
Maranatha Baptist Bible College 0
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Friday, Apr 25
Men's T & F
IIT at 9th of 16
Twilight Invitational (@ Benedictine University)
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Women's T & F
IIT at No Team Score
Twilight Invitational (@ Benedictine University)
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Monday, Apr 21
Baseball
Purdue University-North Central at 12
IIT 2
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Purdue University-North Central at (5) 8
IIT 8
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Saturday, Apr 19
Women's Lacrosse
University of Dubuque at 20
IIT 5
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Friday, Apr 18
Baseball
Finlandia University at 6
IIT 12
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Finlandia University at 0
IIT 12
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Thursday, Apr 17
Baseball
Lakeland College at 1
IIT 10
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Saturday, Aug 23
Women's Soccer
Benedictine University at 6:00pm
IIT CST
Sunday, Aug 24
Men's Soccer
Concordia Illinois at 1:00pm
IIT CST
Friday, Aug 29
Men's Cross Country
IIT at 5:00pm
Elmhurst Invite
Women's Cross Country
IIT at 5:00pm
Elmhurst Invite
Saturday, Aug 30
Men's Soccer
IIT vs 3:00pm
Waynesburg College CST
Defiance Tournament in Defiance, OH
Women's Soccer
IIT at 2:00pm
College of Staten Island CST
College of Staten Island Fall Classic (NY)
Sunday, Aug 31
Women's Soccer
IIT vs 2:00pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice CST
College of Staten Island Fall Classic (NY)
Monday, Sep 1
Men's Soccer
IIT at 11:00am
Defiance College CST
Defiance Tournament in Defiance, OH
Wednesday, Sep 3
Volleyball
Alverno College at 7:00pm
IIT CST
Friday, Sep 5
Men's Soccer
Andrews University at 3:00pm
IIT CST
Women's Soccer
Albion College at 8:00pm
IIT CST
Saturday, Sep 6
Volleyball
IIT vs  
TBA  
Rose-Hulman Invite
Sunday, Sep 7
Men's Soccer
Finlandia University at 3:30pm
IIT CST
Women's Soccer
St. Mary's at 1:00pm
IIT CST
Volleyball
IIT vs  
TBA  
Rose-Hulman Invite
Wednesday, Sep 10
Men's Soccer
IIT at 7:00pm
Wisconsin Lutheran College CST
Friday, Sep 12
Women's Soccer
Dominican University at 7:00pm
IIT CST
Volleyball
IIT at 2:00pm
Alverno College CST
IIT at 3:45pm
Northland College CST
Saturday, Sep 13
Men's Cross Country
IIT at 11:00am
Concordia University Wisconsin