Boys Soccer: Herald-News Boys Soccer Top 10
September 3, 2013 9:50PM
Lincoln-Way East's Sean Sibley (2) | File photo
30 Players To Watch
(in alphabetical order)
Fred Bartuch, Jr., midfielder, Lincoln-Way Central; Cesar Bautista, Sr., forward, Plainfield South; Andrew Chialdikas, Sr., defender, Lemont; Miguel Duran, Sr., midfielder, Plainfield Central; Miguel Espinoza, Sr., midfielder, Plainfield South; Rene Galvan, Sr., defender, Romeoville; Oscar Garduno, Sr., midfielder, Joliet Central; Garrett Gathman, Sr., defender, Plainfield North; Justin Kulpa, Sr,. forward, Wilmington; Kenny Lebeda, Sr., midfielder, Reed-Custer; Hugo Lopez, Jr., forward, Bolingbrook; Sean McGovern, Sr., goalie, Lincoln-Way East; Ian McGrath, Sr. midfielder, Lincoln-Way West; Dan Michalik, Sr,. midfielder, Lockport; Abraham Morguia, Sr., midfielder, Joliet West; Ryan Olans, Sr., forward, Plainfield East; Jarod Petrovic, So., midfielder, Plainfield Central; Tony Prospero, Sr., goalie, Lincoln-Way West; Sergio Reyes, Sr., midfielder, Minooka; Ben Salvador, Sr., forward, Providence; Miguel Sanchez, Sr., forward, Plainfield Central; Sean Sibley, Sr., midfielder, Lincoln-Way East; Kevin Staniszewski, Sr., defender, Lincoln-Way West; Ryan Tempel, Jr., defender, Lincoln-Way East; Giovanni Terraciano, Sr., defender, Romeoville; Gael Terrazas, Sr., midfielder, Bolingbrook; Teodor Trifunovski, Jr., forward, Lemont; Chava Villanueva, Sr., midfielder, Morris; Eric Whatley, Jr., midfielder, Lemont; Logan Wright, Sr., forward, Plainfield North.
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:05AM
With seven senior starters returning, the Warriors are primed to make a big run.
The Griffins, who move to the SouthWest Suburban Red this season, have to replace 2012 Herald News Player of the Year Jim Ralph and All-Area performer Mike Roth, but they return several key contributors from last year’s SouthWest Suburban Blue and regional champions. A pair of Seans — goalie McGovern and midfielder Sibley — lead the way.
The 2012 season was an abnormal one for the Indians as they finished 15-4-4 but fell short of conference and regional titles. Lemont will be more experienced this season. Eric Whatley, Christian Goushas and Tedor Trifunovski lead a talented junior class.
Can the seven-time defending Southwest Prairie champions make it an eight-peat? Only three starters return, so the Wildcats will need big performances from sophomore midfielders Jarod Petrovic and Gustavo Sanchez.
After an up-and-down 2012 regular season, the young Redskins made a run to the sectional finals in Class 2A behind underclassmen Chava Villanueva, Nestor Rodriguez and Ricardo Del Toro.
The Cougars return eight starters from a 13-7-2 squad that finished third in the Southwest Prairie. A strong junior class, including eight players that saw varsity time as sophomores, will be key.
The Spartans went just 3-4 in the Southwest Prairie, but made a surprise run to a Class 3A sectional final last season. Jonathan Silvar (19 goals) will be tough to replace, but Romeoville should be strong defensively with four returning starters in the back.
The Indians improved from four wins in 2010 to eight in ’11 and 12 last season. Now they want postseason success and will count on their depth and leadership from eight seniors.
After finishing 3-4 in Southwest Prairie play last season, the Tigers still never have finished above .500 in conference. That could change this year as seven starters return, including senior stalwarts Logan Wright, Garrett Gathman and Tyler Petprachan.
The Knights bounced back from a disappointing 8-10-2 regular season to make a stunning run to a Class 3A sectional final last season, knocking off rival Lincoln-Way East along the way. Eleven seniors from that team will be tough to replace, but the Knights have talent.
Compiled by Steve Millar