All Boys' Soccer Content
This is the fourth straight year the Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys' soccer program hasn't had the same head coach in consecutive seasons.
And yet, there is continuity in the program that is entering its ninth year of existence.
For the fifth consecutive year, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted every boys' soccer coach from conferences in our area for their thoughts on the upcoming season. Here they are, league by league:
CHAMPAIGN – On the piano, Centennial senior Jonathan Hinds is sufficiently well-versed to play "Sonata in G" by Chopin.
The question, however, is whether Hinds plays it with a smile on his face. Everything else he does – or so it seems – comes with a grin.
NAPERVILLE – If Neuqua Valley is the fifth-best soccer team in the country – as one national poll suggests – Centennial's Chargers on Friday were left wondering exactly where they fit in.
The Chargers nearly stunned heavily favored Neuqua Valley in a Class 2A state quarterfinal match before falling 3-2 on Bret Hruby's goal with 8 minutes, 37 seconds remaining.
NAPERVILLE – Centennial's magical postseason run ended Friday at the Class 2A state soccer tournament. Nequa Valley, ranked fifth nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, defeated the Chargers 3-2 in the quarterfinals at North Central College.
CHAMPAIGN – A year ago, Daniel Wiggs was a standout goalkeeper for the Centennial boys' soccer team.
But a Jan. 2 car accident in which Wiggs was driving has forced the senior to take a different role this season, a sparkling campaign that the Chargers will complete this weekend by playing in the Class 2A state tournament in Naperville.
MAHOMET – After 120 minutes of evenly matched soccer, the playoff future of the Centennial Chargers would come down to one kick.
Following Kyle Bullock, Stefan Wingo, Neil Hamilton and Kenny Kranz's successful penalty kicks, it would be senior captain Jonathan Hinds who would determine the fate of his team's playoff future.
MAHOMET – As the stakes get higher, Centennial's boys' soccer team gets more comfortable.
The Chargers inched closer to their first sectional title since 2001 by beating Normal West 3-0 on Tuesday. It was their third – and most impressive – win of the Class 2A postseason for the top-seeded Chargers, who meet Normal University High at 6 p.m. Thursday.
MAHOMET – Champaign Central's boys' soccer team was unable to overcome a disputed first-half penalty kick goal as the Maroons fell to Normal University High 1-0 in the first round of sectional play Tuesday night.
The game's only goal came with five minutes to play in the half after the referee called a penalty on the Maroons for a push. Central coach Josh Alford said the referee set the tone early that he was going to blow his whistle a lot.