Wheaton Academy hungry for something new

  • Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager celebrates the first of his three goals against Springfield during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager celebrates the first of his three goals against Springfield during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager, right, leaps for a header in front of Springfield defender Carter Connolley during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager, right, leaps for a header in front of Springfield defender Carter Connolley during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Andrew VanNispen, right, passes the ball as he gets past Springfield's Logan Willard during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Andrew VanNispen, right, passes the ball as he gets past Springfield's Logan Willard during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager, right, celebrates his first of three goals with teammate Grant Rougas as Springfield goal keeper retrieves the ball from the net during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager, right, celebrates his first of three goals with teammate Grant Rougas as Springfield goal keeper retrieves the ball from the net during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Patrick Kilgallon, middle, is mobbed by his teammates including Jacob Kapitaniuk, left, and Hunter Finnegan, right, after his goal put the Warrior's up 4-0 during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal match against Springfield at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Patrick Kilgallon, middle, is mobbed by his teammates including Jacob Kapitaniuk, left, and Hunter Finnegan, right, after his goal put the Warrior's up 4-0 during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal match against Springfield at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Hunter Finnegan, right, celebrates his team's 4-0 victory with teammate TJ Tyrrell as Springfield's Ryan Hampsey walks off the field during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Hunter Finnegan, right, celebrates his team's 4-0 victory with teammate TJ Tyrrell as Springfield's Ryan Hampsey walks off the field during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy fans celebrate following Ty Seager's third goal of the match during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal against Springfield at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy fans celebrate following Ty Seager's third goal of the match during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal against Springfield at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Patrick Kilgallon, second from right, is mobbed by his teammates after his goal put his team up 4-0 against Springfield during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Patrick Kilgallon, second from right, is mobbed by his teammates after his goal put his team up 4-0 against Springfield during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Jha'Lon Johnson makes a pass that led to his team's fourth goal against Springfield, scored by teammate Patrick Kilgallon, during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Jha'Lon Johnson makes a pass that led to his team's fourth goal against Springfield, scored by teammate Patrick Kilgallon, during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager pumps his fist toward his team's fans watching from the stands following his third goal of the match during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal against Springfield at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager pumps his fist toward his team's fans watching from the stands following his third goal of the match during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal against Springfield at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Springfield goalkeeper Evan Wright sprawls in front of the net after Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager scored his third goal of the match during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Springfield goalkeeper Evan Wright sprawls in front of the net after Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager scored his third goal of the match during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Springfield's Nate Cheung, left, and Wheaton Academy's Michael Carver pursue the ball during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Springfield's Nate Cheung, left, and Wheaton Academy's Michael Carver pursue the ball during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager, upper left, just misses scoring on a header as Springfield goalkeeper Evan Wright tries to grab the ball during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Ty Seager, upper left, just misses scoring on a header as Springfield goalkeeper Evan Wright tries to grab the ball during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Jha'Lon Johnson, right, kicks the ball as he gets in front of Springfield's Logan Willard during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Jha'Lon Johnson, right, kicks the ball as he gets in front of Springfield's Logan Willard during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Academy's Hunter Finnegan, middle, gets past Springfield's Evan Kuhn, left, and Logan Willard as he moves the ball upfield during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

      Wheaton Academy's Hunter Finnegan, middle, gets past Springfield's Evan Kuhn, left, and Logan Willard as he moves the ball upfield during the class 2A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By Chris Walker
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 11/7/2014 10:09 PM

Wheaton Academy has been here before, but this time the Warriors broke new ground.

Playing in its third consecutive Class 2A semifinal, Wheaton Academy finally won one to advance to the program's first state championship game, dominating Springfield 4-0 on Friday afternoon at Hoffman Estates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I think there's been a hunger about this team that's been pretty unique just because we've been to this spot twice," Warriors coach Jeff Brooke said. "So I think from the get-go, all the way back in August, there was a desire to really get up each and every day to try to get to this point of excellence."

Springfield (25-4) dominated opponents throughout the regular season and continued that success in the postseason, outscoring their first five opponents 20-3. The Senators were shut out for only the second time all season. They lost for the first time since a 6-0 decision to Normal Community, a Class 3A state qualifier, in early October, but they couldn't hang with the Warriors (24-1-1).

"I thought if we could contain No. 20 we could maybe settle into the game and get going, but he's a horse," Springfield coach Pat Phillips said. "He scored two goals right away, and we came out and had some chances that just didn't fall. If we get that first goal (and it's) 2-1, then maybe the game changes, but they get that third one, a backbreaker."

That No. 20 is Ty Seager, who scored the Warriors' first three goals.

Seager struck first with 27:09 remaining in the first half, rising high in the box to redirect a Parker Setran pass via a header.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I saw the ball and picked my head up and I saw that Ty was in the box," Setran said. "I just tried to place it as close to the goal as I could where Ty was and he made the run and finished it."

He connected again a little more than five minutes later on one of the team's 10 corner kicks, taking this one from Jacob Kapitaniuk and once again using his size and his head to send it past Springfield's sophomore goalkeeper, Evan Wright.

"It was good, and again, people were playing great and serving great balls in," Seager said. "Lucas (Hoepner) and Parker (Setran) and Kappy (Kapitaniuk) all were stepping up. It's great support and always encouraging."

Seager scored his 39th goal of the season with 19:23 left in the second half on a beautiful cross from Hoepner.

"I thought we came out an executed our system in a really good fashion," Brooke said. "We were great in the final third, and to get two corner goals like we did and for Lucas to drop a ball on the dime like he did for No. 3 was impressive on an individual level."

The Warriors also impressed on defense, limiting Logan Willard to only one shot on frame.

They'll take on undefeated St. Joseph (23-0-1) in Saturday's 1 p.m. state title game.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.