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Defense leads the way to state for Tigers

FRANKFORT — Urbana senior forward Jonathan Lukusa and senior midfielder Miguel Fierro make the Tigers’ offense go. Both are tied for the team lead in goals with 21 heading into today’s Class 2A state title match against Peoria Notre Dame.

While both playmakers had solid matches Friday, the play of Urbana’s backline was critical in the win.

Urbana set for state title match

FRANKFORT — One win away.

From greatness. From history. From a state championship.

The Urbana boys’ soccer team inched closer to winning the program’s first state title after it beat Arlington Heights St. Viator 2-1 on Friday afternoon in a Class 2A state semifinal at Lincoln-Way North High School.

Kroner: Urbana has golden opportunity

Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner’s take on Urbana’s first trip to the boys’ soccer Final Four:
Even before they get their still-to-be-determined state trophy Saturday, Urbana’s boys’ soccer team knows one fact: It is the state’s No. 1 public school team in Class 2A. The other three state semifinalists are private or parochial schools.

Kroner: Soccer is constant in Lukusa's life

URBANA — When Jonathan Lukusa arrived in America from the Congo, he spoke a universal language.


He was 7 years old at the time of the relocation but already was a veteran at the sport Americans call soccer.

“I started playing when I was 2,” Lukusa said.

Final Four next stop for Urbana soccer

SPRINGFIELD — Urbana clinched its first trip to a boys’ soccer Final Four on Tuesday night.

But the Tigers had an inkling big things were in store for their program six days earlier in a Class 2A sectional semifinal.

Athletes of the Week: Lukusa and Gross

Jonathan Lukusa, Urbana, senior, Soccer
Recently: Native of Congo scored the first goal in the sectional semifinal and the only goal in the championship match as the Tigers won their first sectional title since 2005.
In his own words: “It’s a really big thing, winning (sectional) for the first time in my four years.”
I’m driving ... my mom’s car.

Uni soccer notebook: Fan-tastic finish

NORMAL — Even before Urbana Uni High stepped onto the The Corn Crib pitch on Saturday evening, the Illineks had already made history by becoming the first school from Champaign County to play in a boys’ soccer state championship match.

The significance of that achievement wasn’t lost on Illineks head coach Phil Anders and his squad.

Runner-up Illineks hold their heads high

NORMAL — Patrick Wong found himself alone with the soccer ball.

The Urbana Uni High senior forward had a breakaway chance midway through the second half of Saturday night’s Class 1A boys’ soccer state championship match against Alton Marquette.

Uni into state championship match

NORMAL ­— When it comes to IHSA state titles at Urbana University High, chess and journalism don’t merely have bragging rights.

They are the only ones even in the conversation.

That could change today.

The Illineks boys’ soccer team, which before this year never had advanced to state, now is one win from bringing home a state championship trophy.

Urbana soccer keeps dream alive

MAHOMET — Urbana is a win from reaching its first Final Four in boys’ soccer.
But the Tigers have higher expectations than simply making school history.
“I believe we can win state,” junior sweeper Darian Gingold said. “As long as we keep playing like we have been, we have that opportunity.”