Boys soccer: Ajroja, Dundee-Crown stop Round Lake for North Shore title
There are good reasons Julian Ajroja is headed to play soccer at Michigan State next fall, and some of them were on display Saturday -- such as the playmaking and leadership he brings to the pitch for Dundee-Crown.
Entering his fourth year on the varsity for the Chargers. Ajroja has matured into in the kind of player every coach hopes to develop.
"I just do whatever I can to do to help the team win," Ajroja said. "Whether it's scoring, finding the next pass, maybe getting some through balls. Whatever it takes to get the goals we need. Especially defensively, keeping the shape."
On Saturday, he contributed to all three of Dundee-Crown's goals with assists in a 3-1 victory over Round Lake in the North Shore Shootout final in Lake Forest. It was the second tournament win for the Chargers in the last five years.
Mario Solano, Jason Miller and Roland Dearborn each scored.
"I always tell the guys if you can't make a shot, then find the next pass," said Ajroja, who already has 4 goals and 5 assists. "It makes us look better if you make the pass than lose the ball. In some cases assists are better than making a goal."