The Brookfield Central Lancers (3-4) returned to its winning ways on the wet surface of Central's artificial turf with a gutsy 3-2 win over Whitefish Bay (7-3-2) on Saturday night.
Freshman Vuk Latinovich scored all three goals against the Blue Dukes, who came into the match as one of the teams featured in the state's top 10 poll but left with their second defeat of the week.
Latinovich opened the scoring early by taking a ball from Erik Oimoen, then getting Bay's standout centerback Jake Taylor twisted and turned before finding space to drive a right-footed shot low into the net.
Two goals from Bay, including a long throw-in that Central failed to handle and a Jack Comiskey penalty kick, gave the visitors a 2-1 lead.
The lead, however, was short-lived.
Minutes after the Lancers fell behind, Latinovich cut in from the right side and found a window to whip a curling shot in the far post for his second of the match.
Rain came hard in the second half, and may have played a part in the winner. Alex Witteman failed to hold a Richie Sebzda shot after attempting a diving save and Latinovich completed his trifecta by winning the battle for the loose ball.
The Blue Dukes changed their formation to a 4-4-2 for the final 10-minute push by getting Taylor up front as a striker. The decisive moment of the match may have been a Tyler Moore diving save on a knuckling Taylor shot that Moore spectacularly deflected over the crossbar; the wet conditions made the play all the more remarkable.
The Lancers couldn't stop Alex McBride and as a result Marquette handed them a 4-0 loss on Sept. 5 on the road to begin the week.
McBride scored the Hilltoppers' first three goals and assisted on the fourth as the Lancers were down 2-0 only 16 minutes into the game.
McBride scored unassisted goals one minute into the game and again 15 minutes later.
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