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Boys Soccer: Three things learned

Updated: December 9, 2013 10:30AM



1. Sandburg overachieved. It’s not often that can be said about the Eagles, who are expected to be good every season and usually meet those expectations. This year’s squad didn’t have stars and didn’t blow anyone out, but found a way to win a sectional title anyway. Credit coach Desi Vuillaume and a 13-member senior class that led a team that was almost always clutch when it needed to be in the playoffs.

2. Bremen just missed. The Braves had a team capable of reaching this weekend’s state semifinals in Hoffman Estates. Bremen dropped a heartbreaker, 2-1 to Washington in overtime in a Class 2A Lincoln-Way West Sectional semifinal. In an evenly matched contest, the Braves missed some golden chances to put Washington away. The Patriots went on to dispatch Lincoln-Way West 4-0 and top Nazareth in a supersectional to advance to state. That could have been the Braves.

3. The area isn’t short on talent. Seven Southland seniors were named All-State by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association. They included Tinley Park forward Danny Alejandre, Thornton co-op forward Emmanuel Barjebo, Mount Carmel midfielder Nikola Bosnjak, Bremen defender/midfielder Jesus Guzman, Lincoln-Way West forward Ian McGrath, Lincoln-Way North midfielder Osvaldo Salazar and Stagg midfielder Beto Torres.

Steve Millar



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