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Mahomet-Seymour's Luke Creel (9) and  Koby Eisenmenger (21) and Urbana's William Arana (11) in a prep boys soccer match at Urbana High School on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

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URBANA — James Barkley knew the Urbana boys’ soccer program’s late-September slate, if nothing else, would leave the Tigers battle-tested.

Visits to nationally-ranked Peoria Notre Dame and News-Gazette No. 1 Champaign Central resulted in two defeats by a combined 11-2 margin.

And so, Urbana had to make the most of its following two matchups, with Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour.

Mission accomplished.

Four days after shutting out their Big 12 Conference rival, the Tigers ended the Bulldogs’ win streak at eight matches via a 4-1 decision Monday night.

“It’s really important for us to understand what it is we’re capable of,” Barkley said. “In some ways ... (Monday) was a good day to kind of get away with some miscues so we know what we have to work on.”

Urbana (8-3) boasted a 4-0 advantage, thanks to two-goal nights from Miguel Lemus and William Arana, before M-S (11-3-1) found the back of the net on an Eli Warren conversion.

Sophomore netminder Charles Mandra thrived as well, mostly quieting a Bulldog offense that averaged 4.5 goals per contest entering the bout.

“He’s such a quick learner,” Barkley said. “If I give him some technical instruction, he pretty much has it down within a couple days. ... I’m looking forward to his future.”

With league action now bearing down on the Tigers — five of their final six regular-season tilts come with a Big 12 label — Barkley found this outcome integral.

“We just really wanted to execute our game plan, which includes moving the ball,” he said. “We managed to do that pretty effectively.”

Prep Sports Coordinator

Colin Likas is prep sports coordinator at The News-Gazette. His email is clikas@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).