Boys' Soccer

Boys' Soccer

'Tough' loss for state runner-up Tigers

FRANKFORT — The Urbana boys’ soccer team was guaranteed to come home with a state trophy this weekend.

It just wasn’t the one the Tigers and their faithful were hoping for.

Peoria Notre Dame scored early, then added two more goals late to claim a 3-0 victory in the Class 2A state championship and deny Urbana its first state championship.

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.

Urbana wins soccer semifinal

Urbana defeated St. Viator in the IHSA class 2A semi final soccer match on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, qualifying it for the championship game on Saturday;

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.

Futbol.

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.

Uni High Places Second at State in Soccer

Uni High and Alton Marquette in  the championship game of the IHSA Class 1A State Soccer Final Tournament Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at the Corn Crib in Normal, Ill.

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