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Lincoln-Way West's boys soccer team celebrates with the Class 3A Lincoln-Way East Sectional championship plaque after beating Marist 3-2 on Saturday, Nov. 2. GARY MIDDENDORF/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Patrick Z. McGavin, Freelance Reporter
9:27 pm CST November 3, 2019

The game is played so fast and spontaneously that rarely does Lincoln-Way West defender Tyler Vedder have a moment for reflection.

This situation was different.

In the 63rd minute, West’s Justin Darlage blasted a free kick from just inside midfield that curved beautifully as senior midfielder Drew Murphy elevated for the picture-perfect header.

“Chills ran through my body,” Vedder said. “I knew we had it in the bag.”