NORMAL - Sam Napolitano's unassisted goal late in the second half lifted the Normal Community High School soccer team over Normal West, 2-1, in a key Big 12 Conference match Monday.
The Ironmen (12-4-4 overall, 8-1 Big 12) are in first place alone in the Big 12 and can clinch the title with a win over Decatur Eisenhower today.
Matt Barnet gave West (7-4-5, 4-1-2) an early 1-0 lead, scoring on a penalty kick in the 10th minute. Andrew Choban tallied an unassisted goal late in the first half to draw the Iromen even at 1-all.
Goalkeeper Spencer Smith made six saves for NCHS.