Boys Soccer: Three things learned
September 25, 2013 9:34PM
Updated: October 28, 2013 6:55AM
1. Homewood-Flossmoor is no pushover. After winning just four games last season, the Vikings have shown vast improvement this year. H-F showed it can hang with the area’s top teams, earning a 1-1 tie Tuesday with Lincoln-Way East, a game after it also tied Eisenhower. The Vikings have two wins over another rising squad, Shepard. H-F has a brutal schedule next week, with back-to-back road matches Tuesday against Stagg and Thursday against Sandburg.
2. Frankfort is home to a pair of strong goalies. Lincoln-Way North junior Niko Mavrogiannis was brilliant in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Lockport, making 10 saves. Mavrogiannis has three shutouts. It was also a big week for a goalie across town, as Lincoln-Way East’s Sean McGovern set a school record with his 14th career shutout in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Bloom.
3. The Class 3A playoff path has gotten tougher. Postseason assignments have been announced, and the 3A Andrew Sectional features many of the Southland’s top teams. In addition to the usual suspects Stagg, Sandburg, Lincoln-Way East, Thornton, Bloom and Reavis, there will be new challengers this season. Lockport and Romeoville, who have been sent to a downstate-based sectional in recent years, have been moved to Andrew and figure to strengthen the sectional.