Boys Soccer: Three things learned
October 30, 2013 9:52PM
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:13PM
1. Ian McGrath is one of the area’s best players. Lincoln-Way West’s McGrath again showed off his skills in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal win over Lemont, with a goal and two assists to raise his season totals to 23 goals and five assists. McGrath and Plainfield North’s Logan Wright were the only two area players to receive All-State recognition from the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association.
2. Morris is becoming an annual threat in Class 2A. The Redskins fell in the sectional semifinals for the second straight season with a 3-1 defeat to perennial downstate power Peoria Notre Dame. Seniors Salvador Villanueva and Nestor Rodriguez will be awfully tough to replace, but don’t expect Morris to fall off the map. Ricardo Del Toro scored more than 30 goals this season as a junior and should be one of the area’s top players next season.
3. Lincoln-Way East has a lot of firepower to replace. The Griffins had a dynamic offense all season, scoring three goals or more 10 times and getting shut out just once. East, which fell 2-1 to Sandburg in Tuesday’s sectional semifinals, will have a lot of holes to fill after losing a supremely talented senior class. Losing 10 seniors, including leading scorer Alan Hernandez and goalie Sean McGovern, the Griffins will have to rebuild quickly.