Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer

HS Soccer: Central vs. Springfield

Central takes on Springfield during the IHSA Class 2A Sectional final match at Maroa-Forsyth High School Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Maroa.

Maroons are putting their best foot forward

CHAMPAIGN — Pablo Diaz isn't a boisterous high-school student. But that doesn't mean he's without emotion.

The senior sported a wide grin thrice Wednesday — after each of his two goals for the Champaign Central boys' soccer team, and when the final horn sounded.

Champaign Central vs. Jacksonville boys' soccer highlights

Video highlights from a Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth boys' soccer sectional semifinal between Champaign Central and Jacksonville on Oct. 24, 2018, with postmatch reaction from Maroons coach Nick Clegg and athlete Peter Wagner, as well as Crimsons coach Evan Philpott.

Maroons reach sectional final

MAROA — Pablo Diaz scored two goals Wednesday night.

Yet there's a chance neither was his most impressive feat for Champaign Central boys' soccer.

That distinction may go to the senior running nearly two minutes off the clock when opposing Jacksonville needed a late goal in the teams' Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth Sectional semifinal.

Maroons assistant offers valuable insights

CHAMPAIGN — Ryan Krows retains plenty of knowledge from his time in the local boys' soccer scene. One nugget is especially timely right now.

"Winning a regional is tough," Krows said, three days after Champaign Central captured its first such title since 2007. "You definitely have to cherish those moments as much as you can, because they don't come around that often."

Area boys' soccer leaders: Oct. 23, 2018

GOALS

PLAYER, SCHOOL GOALS

Diego Camarena, Iroquois West 67

Drew Reifsteck, BHRA 35

Luke Rudolph, Monticello 31

Santiago Rodriguez, Ch. Central 30

Angel Barajas, Iroquois West 26

Caleb Bleich, Fisher/GCMS 25

Joe Sellett, STM 25

Austin Carr, M-S 23

Dawson Rogers, Oakwood/SF 22

Tribe's run ends at sectionals; Bulldogs falter in regional final

CHAMPAIGN — Clear-cut signs indicated Saturday's Class 1A Judah Christian Sectional championship match would not be a typical boys' soccer bout.

The Field of Dreams' north field goal post bending unnaturally amid a howling wind. A second-half corner kick sailing 40 yards away from the goal to which it was directed.

HS Soccer: Class 2A Centennial Regional

Mahomet-Seymour takes on Mattoon during the IHSA Class 2A Centennial Regional final Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Centennial High School in Champaign.

Maroons earn boys' soccer regional title

MT. ZION — A trip to Moline this summer for a few practice matches showed Champaign Central boys' soccer coach Nick Clegg what his team could accomplish.

"The guys really seemed to click," Clegg said. "They were jelling together."

They still are.

Class 1A Judah Christian boys' soccer sectional semifinal highlights

Video highlights from the Class 1A Judah Christian boys' soccer sectional semifinals on Oct. 17, 2018, with postmatch reaction from Judah Christian coach Josh Birky and athlete Griffin Fazio, and Uni High coach Phil Anders and athlete Albert Lee.

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