Boys’ soccer kicks it into gear

Boys’ varsity soccer team advances to semi-sectionals after placing first in regional conference


Lauren Toma

Boys’ team celebrates their 2-1 regional victory over the Illinois Math Science Academy Titans on Oct. 20. They are upper row left to right: David Zalinski, Matthew Morley, Kenny Benoit, Tobias Hagen,William Harris, Mateusz Otreba, John Chraca, Daniel Zuniga, Adam Hornik, Jake Duchon, Matthew Gasienica. Middle row left to right: Peter Borzecki, Sebastian Milkos, Andrew Leja, Erik Brztowski. Bottom row left to right: Connor Kirk, James LoCascio, Andrew Juarez, Lucas Otreba, William Bozue, Andrius Alinkevicius, Leonardo Nunez, Sebastian Kozieja, Enis Ugljanin.

Chris Duda and Alex Styrczula

Oct. 24 spelled the end to the boys varsity soccer season as the 4-0 loss against Marmion Academy sent the team home. They went into the regional finals sporting a 7-0 win against Evergreen Park, giving them the confidence boost to take home a third consecutive conference victory against the Illinois Math and Science Academy Titans.

However, the glory was short lived as the 2-1 victory led the team to a semi-sectional loss against Marmion Academy in Glen Ellyn on Oct. 24. “We really put it all out there. In the end, Marmion just got the best of us,” said senior captain Matthew Gasienica moments after the team’s loss.

Led by coaches Rick Prangen and Mark Tomczak, the team prepared for over four months, including a summer league. Their 14-8 record was the best record in years.

“I’m really proud of everyone’s hard work and determination,” said Midfielder Andrius Alinkevicius, “Even though we lost semis [sectionals], I’m grateful that we got this far.”

Despite the promising win streak and positive attitude from the team and coaches, they fell short from winning semi-sectionals. The end to the season left seniors with their final high school practice on Oct. 25, while Marmion Academy advances onto sectionals.