Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer

All-Area boys' soccer: Anderson enjoys the ride

URBANA — It typically takes time for an athlete and coach to have their first confrontation. Perhaps a disagreement over team rules as a freshman, or a difference of opinion on play-calling as an upperclassman.

2017 All-Area boys' soccer teams

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM

PLAYER YR. POS. SCHOOL

Bennett Anderson Sr. M/F Urbana

Francisco Andrade Sr. F Centennial

Artem Burnett So. GK Urbana

Caleb Griffin Sr. D/M Danville

Joe Hoffman Sr. F St. Thomas More

Ethan Mansfield Jr. M Mahomet-Seymour

Omeed Miraftab-Salo Sr. M Uni High

Coach of the Year: Randy Blackman, Urbana

Why he's Coach of the Year: In his 32nd and final season leading the Tiger boys' program, Blackman assembled one of his finest squads. The Tigers (16-5-3) fell one win shy of the program's fourth sectional crown, capturing their 11th regional championship in the process.

2017 All-Area Boys' Soccer

All-Area Boys Soccer shoot, Sunday, November 19, 2017, Champaign, Illinois.

Playoff loss marks end of Urbana boys' soccer coach's 32-year career

URBANA — The emotions hadn't sunken in yet for Urbana boys' soccer coach Randy Blackman, who joked around quietly with his assistants after giving a somber postgame speech no different from the ones he's given in years past following Friday's 2-0 loss to Chatham-Glenwood in the Class 2A Urbana Sectional final.

VIDEO: The plays that swung Urbana's boys soccer sectional title loss

Urbana had its chances but couldn't pull of a sectional title comeback. Check out five plays that swung Chatham-Glenwood's 2-0 win in the Class 2A Urbana Sectional championship.

HS 2A Soccer Sectional: Urbana vs. Chatham Glenwood

Urbana lost 2-0 to Chatham Glenwood in Class 2A sectional championship match at McKinley Field in Urbana on Friday Oct. 27, 2017.

Whether rain or shine, Urbana boys' soccer answers the bell

URBANA — The weather conditions on Tuesday evening might have prevented some of Randy Blackman's previous Urbana boys' soccer teams from playing.

Uni High boys fall in soccer super-sectional

EAST PEORIA ­— Omeed Mir­af­tab-Salo took a dribble to the corner of the box, fired a shot into the upper netting and ran to the bench to emphatically high-five each of his teammates with 29 minutes left in the first half of Tuesday night’s Class 1A Peoria Christian Super-Sectional.

HS 2A Soccer Sectional: Urbana vs. Rochester

Urbana defeated Rochester 2-0 in a Class 2A sectional semifinal match at McKinley Field in Urbana on Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017.