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  • Wheaton Academy's Seager a fast and furious scorer Nov 6, 2014 9:48 PM
    Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager has always been fast. He proved it officially in the spring, earning Top 10 finishes in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash during the Class 2A track and field finals. He's also a tremendous goal scorer.

  • Peak performance for Warren's Hill Nov 6, 2014 9:50 PM
    One of the tallest players on Warren's boys soccer team, R.J. Hill stands out at 6 feet 4. He's been a figurative standout as well. Hill was the last line of defense, commanding one of the toughest positions on the field at goalkeeper. While his numbers were impressive — a goals-against average of .71 along with 9 shutouts — they only hint at how much Hill meant to his team. Warren finished 15-3-4, producing an unbeaten run in the highly competitive Lake Division of the North Suburban Conference along with an overall NSC championship. For handling the Blue Devils' goalkeeping detail with skills to match his stature, Hill is the captain of the Daily Herald's all-area boys soccer team for Lake County.

  • Boys soccer: Streamwood's Camarena Fox Valley captain Nov 6, 2014 8:42 PM
    Imagine after nine years of living in the same town, going to the same high school for the past three and your parents telling you prior to your senior year that the family is moving to another suburb in which you have to go to a totally different high school. And that you had to leave everything and everybody you knew behind, even those teammates you've played soccer for so long. That was the situation Alan Camarena was forced into this season, as he waved good bye to Burlington Central over the summer and hello to Streamwood, an 18-mile trek east.

  • Larson leaves as one of Batavia's best Nov 6, 2014 8:45 PM
    Ian Larson is in a league of his own when it comes to the area's top soccer player. The Batavia senior, an all-state selection, led the Bulldogs to a 19-3-3 record and to titles in the Upstate Eight River Conference and the Class 3A Metea Valley regional, as well as a sectional semifinal win against Benet.

  • Tri-Cities Boys Soccer All-Area Team Nov 6, 2014 12:35 PM
    Meet the 2014 Daily Herald Tri-Cities All-Area Boys Soccer Team.

  • Boys soccer: Tuesday’s results Nov 5, 2014 12:24 AM
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Tuesday, Nov. 4.

  • Wheaton Academy regroups, wins in second OT Nov 4, 2014 10:55 PM
    Peoria Notre Dame netted a game-tying goal with 28 seconds left in regulation of Tuesday’s Class 2A Lewis University supersectional to stun Wheaton Academy.

  • Hinsdale Central defeats Naperville North in PKs Nov 4, 2014 11:23 PM
    Wes Bergevin established a new Hinsdale Central school record for shutouts during Tuesday’s Class 3A Lewis University supersectional against Naperville North in Romeoville.

  • St. Viator returns to final four Nov 4, 2014 10:38 PM
    History was on the side of St. Viator going into its boys soccer supersectional matchup on Tuesday night. After all, with coach Mike Taylor on the sidelines, the Lions have never lost a game with state qualification at stake. And true to form, St. Viator is headed into the final four after getting past Chicago Foreman 5-2 in the Class 2A Stevenson supersectional in Lincolnshire. The Lions (21-5-1) next face St. Joseph in the Class 2A semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday at Hoffman Estates High School.

  • Streamwood headed to state soccer Final Four Nov 4, 2014 10:26 PM
    It’s not everyday that 6-foot 4 Streamwood goalkeeper Sergio Blanco has an opposing keeper trying to screen him in the box that’s just as tall as him. But that’s what it came down to in the final seconds in Streamwood’s dramatic 2-1 Class 3A Barrington supersectional win over Lake Park Tuesday night. And before the Sabres (17-5-2) could punch their ticket to state they had to stop a Lake Park (20-2-4) corner kick from the left side with the clocked stopped at 18.2 seconds left that featured every Lancer in the box, including goalie Michael Jasiak.

  • Fremd tops New Trier, makes final four Nov 4, 2014 10:24 PM
    If anyone wondered about Fremd’s chances of reaching the boys soccer state tournament finals, well, surely there can be little doubt now. Will Lefevre added another brilliant save to his postseason collection and Ben Borst stunned New Trier with the game-winner ten minutes from time to give the Vikings a 1-0 victory Tuesday night in Class 3A Barrington supersectional action. The Mid-Suburban League champs advance to the state semifinals Friday at Hoffman Estates High School. The Vikings (19-5-1) will meet Hinsdale Central (17-4-4) at 7 p.m.

  • Boys soccer: Scouting Streamwood vs. Lake Park Nov 3, 2014 4:03 PM
    The Streamwood and Lake Park boys soccer teams may collectively be staring into a mirror, so to speak, when they step on the field Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Class 3A Barrington supersectional with a state berth at stake. As the tale of the tape shows it’s truly a toss up.

  • Boys soccer: Supersectional scouting, Northwest Nov 3, 2014 12:16 PM
    Boys soccer / Supersectional scouting Class 3A Barrington supersectionalWhere: at Barrington Community Stadium, 616 W. Main Street, Barrington. Lake Park (20-1-4) vs. Streamwood (16-5-2), 4:30 p.m. Storyline: Nobody would have figured on a matchup such as this, especially with heavily favored top seed St. Charles East heading up this sectional. But when No. 8 West Chicago upended the state ranked Saints, it opened the door for others, particularly Streamwood, which now enjoys its first-ever SS appearance in program history after sending off highly regarded Rockford Boylan (2-1) last Saturday to capture its first sectional crown also. Lake Park made it to the supersectional last year, eventually coming away with a fourth-place finish and the first state trophy in program history. The Lancers withstood a heart-stopping sudden-death PK victory over Rolling Meadows last Saturday to keep its hopes alive of a return trip to the 3A tournament. Advancement: The winner advances to play the Normal supersectional champion (Normal or Thornton) at 5 p.m. Friday in the state tournament at Hoffman Estates High School. Fremd (18-5-1) vs. New Trier (22-3-2), 6:30 p.m. Storyline: A loss during the first week of the season to the Trevians doesn’t mean much now as Fremd coach Steve Keller’s club looks to advance to the finals for the first time since 2011. “Our defense has been steady and strong all year long, and even though we weren’t at our best against Highland Park last Friday night, that unit has been the strength of our team, especially early on when we were still sorting out our lineup and the way that would eventually play,” Keller said. “With that said, they are very intense, aggressive and tenacious, so we need to match these traits they bring to the game or it could be a long night for us.” The Vikings’ back line has been air-tight during the stretch run, and its midfield play has been well organized despite the bustling energy and highly technical football seen from its last two sectional opponents, Libertyville and Highland Park. The all-star cast of Tomas Peleckas, Ben Borst, Danny Burton and Luke Kosacz have conceded just one goal since Oct. 2. As often is the case at this time of the season, the goalkeeper is called upon to make big saves at big moments, and the senior Will Lefevre has been magnificent when forced into action. Forwards Ben Poder and Zach and Luke Schoffstall have received plenty of heavy-handed treatment from opponents, but the trio has continually delivered in the final third. Advancement: The winner advances to play the Lewis University supersectional winner (Naperville North or Hinsdale Central) at 7 p.m. Friday in the state tournament semifinals at Hoffman Estates Class 2A Stevenson supersectionalWhere: Stevenson High School, One Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire St. Viator (20-5-1) vs. Chicago Foreman (6-6-4), 6:30 p.m. Storyline: This will be St. Viator’s first postseason matchup against a lower-seeded team. The No. 10 Hornets defeated the Nos. 8 and 2 seeds at their regional before stunning No. 1 Elmwood Park in OT to win that sectional and gain a berth opposite the No. 5 Lions. “We used our low seed as a little extra bit of motivation when playing all those teams ranked ahead of us, and with each win during the tournament, we put another higher seed out,” said St. Viator coach Mike Taylor. In a terrific bit of trivia, the last time St. Viator played Foreman was in the third-place match during the 1996 state tournament, the last year of single-class play. The Lions won 2-0 back in the Nino DaSilva-Jarrett Payton days, when that spectacular scoring duo combined for over 80 goals. This year, with its strength of schedule, experience, and the strike force of Zach Gyuricza and Aidan Williams (35 goals combined), it seems likely the Lions will advance. “We had a chance to get out to see Foreman, and they have some individual talent that we’ll have to keep an eye on, but as I’ve been saying, we’re coming together at the right time, and playing the system we’ve put in place,” said Taylor. “If we continue doing so in this game, we’ll be playing this weekend at the state tournament.” The Hornets’ coach, Dan Hakimian, was an all-state player at Glenbrook North in 1982 and a member of the state runner-up Spartans the year before under coach Mike Radakovich. Sophomore Omar Jaimes leads Foreman with 13 goals. Advancement: The winner advances to play the Lemont supersectional champ (St. Joseph or Marian Catholic) at 3 p.m. Friday in the Class 2A state tournament in Hoffman Estates. — Mike Garofola

  • Boys soccer: Saturday’s results Nov 2, 2014 12:02 AM
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Saturday, Nov. 1.

  • Timothy takes second place at state Nov 1, 2014 10:00 PM
    Getting to the Class 1A championship match took more than grit for Timothy Christian boys soccer team.

  • Naperville North blanks Batavia for sectional title Nov 1, 2014 8:06 PM
    Batavia hadn’t been shut out all season. Naperville North goalkeeper Riley Wiest hadn’t started all season. Those two elements made Saturday afternoon’s Class 3A Bolingbrook sectional championship all the more captivating.

  • Boys soccer: Streamwood nails down first sectional title Nov 1, 2014 6:37 PM
    Donnie Sosa and the Streamwood boys soccer team could have hung their heads Saturday after allowing their first postseason goal. Instead the Sabres tied the game less than 2 minutes later and Sosa headed home the game-winner in the first overtime as Streamwood won its first sectional championship, beating Rockford Boylan, 2-1, at the Class 3A DeKalb sectional.

  • It’s on to the supersectional for St. Viator Nov 1, 2014 5:13 PM
    One by one, St. Viator has sent home those with higher postseason seeds in the Grayslake Central sectional. The trend continued Saturday morning, as the Lions met Marian Central Catholic — a club that had beaten St. Viator in conference play and thus earned a higher seed at No. 2. The No. 5 seed Lions (20-5-1) taught the Hurricanes a harsh lesson in revenge, scoring twice after intermission, and dominating the proceedings on the turf at Eiserman Stadium in Grayslake to earn a 2-0 victory. That puts St. Viator in in Tuesday’s Class 2A supersectional at Stevenson against Chicago Public League foe Foreman.

  • Lefevre’s cold-blooded goal lifts Fremd Oct 31, 2014 10:10 PM
    Fremd substitute James Lefevre came to the rescue. With 12 minutes left, the sophomore fired homer the game-winning goal to send the No. 3 Vikings to a 2-1 victory over No. 13 Highland Park. The victory moves the Vikes (18-5-1) into Tuesday’s Barrington supersectional against the winner of the Niles North sectional (New Trier vs. Evanston, Saturday).

  • Timothy Christian advances to championship game Nov 1, 2014 12:19 AM
    Ben Lodewyk made a big penalty kick save on Tuesday to get Timothy Christian down to the Class 1A boys soccer tournament. He found another trick up his sleeve in goal on Friday at the state semifinals. His diving save during the penalty-kick shootout moves the Trojans onto Saturday’s championship game.

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