Boys Soccer Notebook: Lincoln-Way schools raise funds for breast cancer awareness
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 16, 2013 8:18PM
Lincoln-Way North coach Mike Murphy with his daughters Teagan (left) and Logan. | Steve Millar~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 18, 2013 8:00AM
All four Lincoln-Way programs came together for a cause Thursday, playing a doubleheader at Lincoln-Way North to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.
“About five years ago when I started at North, I wanted to give back to the community,” North coach Mike Murphy said. “Us and West started a game as a fundraiser for prostate cancer. Eventually we decided that since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’d change it to a breast cancer fundraiser. We wanted to do something more so we decided to get all four schools involved.”
The schedule worked out. North was scheduled to host East on Thursday while Central and West were scheduled to meet at West. That match was moved to North, creating a doubleheader.
East earned a 1-0 win over North. while Central topped West 3-2.
“It was great to do something for a good cause,” East coach Ryan Decker said. “The turnout was fantastic. We had five youth club teams there to see what it’s like to play high school soccer. It was a great night overall.”
All four schools sold special T-shirts in school Thursday as well as at the event.
Murphy said the event raised close to $4,000 to be donated to Silver Cross Hospital.
“We had a lot of positive reviews,” Murphy said. “It’s great to see the kids fighting on the field for victory, but it’s a little more rewarding to see them come together for a great cause. After our game, even though we lost, our kids were sitting with the East kids watching the second match and reliving their days growing up together.”
The event is expected to continue next season, with either East or Central hosting.
Wilmington wins thriller
Wilmington is the lone area team alive in Class 1A after the Wildcats outlasted DePue 3-2 in a shootout in Tuesday’s Princeton Regional semifinal.
Wilmington won the shootout 4-1 and will meet host and top-seeded Princeton in Saturday’s final.
Coal City and Peotone both suffered season-ending losses Tuesday.
Player of the Week
Matt Dlugopolski of Minooka is the Herald-News Boys Soccer Player of the Week.
Dlugopolski, a sophomore midfielder, scored two goals in a win over South Elgin and one in a victory over Plainfield South.