We asked prep sports coordinator FRED KRONER for his take on the soccer playoffs, which start Friday:
It’s a shame
Regardless of the sport, there always seems to be a loaded regional. Among area sites in Class 1A soccer this year, it’s the Urbana Uni High Regional. The top seeds are the host Illineks, who haven’t lost to a 1A opponent this year. The No. 2 seed is St. Thomas More, which owns two shutout wins against the No. 1 seed (Clifton Central) at the Iroquois West Regional. Uni High, which won regional and sectional crowns a year ago, has plenty of incentive to repeat its feats this fall. The school will host a super-sectional Oct. 23. Uni High and St. Thomas More play each other today on the Sabers’ field and could have a rematch in eight days at the UI turf fields.
Monticello’s Sages started the year with losses in four of their first five matches while scoring six goals in that stretch. Three of the setbacks were to Class 2A schools. Coach Lois Cryder’s team regrouped and has a 9-7 record and the No. 1 seed for its own five-school regional. Luke Hanselman not only leads the team in scoring (14 goals) but also in assists (11). Josh Schumacher, Matt Menacher and Zack Armstrong have been other consistent goal producers. Monticello is shooting for its third soccer regional title in the past five years.
History for the Chargers
Centennial’s senior class, including goalkeeper Andy Drackley, has a shot at an accomplishment that has never occurred within the boys’ athletic program since the school opened in the fall of 1967. No boys’ team has captured four successive regional championships in a sport at Centennial. It will be an uphill battle this year for the third-seeded Chargers, who open against No. 2 Central on Oct. 16 on the Maroons’ field (a team they battled to a 0-0 tie Monday) by Franklin Middle School. If successful, the likely title-match opponent will be top-seeded and undefeated Urbana. Centennial was scoreless in a regular season loss to the Tigers.