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York, AT among teams starting postseason trek

York's Marty McDonough turns up field during Tuesday's match at Hinsdale Central.
York's Marty McDonough turns up field during Tuesday's match at Hinsdale Central.

The soccer postseason begins on Saturday with Class 3A teams York and Willowbrook playing in regional quarterfinals. Glenbard East and Addison Trail start play Tuesday in regional semifinals. All have hopes of starting long postseason runs to Lincoln-Way North, home to the state finals for both classes. Class 1A regionals are already underway for Timothy Christian and Montini.


Regional: Elk Grove

Sectional: Schaumburg

First game: 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19, vs. No. 19 Proviso West

Outlook: The Dukes were up and down this season and have battled injuries more recently. Leading scorer Tyler Gibisch has been out for about a month and it’s unclear whether or not he will return for the playoffs. Corey McGovern, the team’s captain, missed Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to Hinsdale Central.

“We started off slow with a big tournament and we played some really good teams,” York coach Markus Roy said. “We’ve been getting better.”

The Dukes finished the regular season 5-8-3 and 2-4 in the West Suburban Silver to draw the No. 13 seed in the Schaumburg sectional. Seniors defenders Nick Gaudio and Jack Hayes have helped solidify the defense while the Dukes have lost just three matches in their last nine.

York hosts Proviso West, a team it beat 5-0 on Oct. 11, to start the postseason. Roy expects a closer game this time around.

“In the playoffs anything can happen,” Roy said. “We’re going to fight through, and hopefully we get a win.”

If York gets by the Panthers, No. 3 seed and regional host Elk Grove awaits in a semifinal on Tuesday.

Addison Trail

Regional: Elk Grove

Sectional: Schaumburg

First game: 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 22, vs. No. 6 Leyden

Outlook: The Blazers have been a streaky team this fall with a pair of three-game losing streaks as well as a four-game winning streak. Addison Trail hasn’t won a regional since 1996. The Blazers will be hoping to end the drought this fall.

A 2-0 win over Downers Grove South was a promising way to start the West Suburban Gold schedule for the Blazers, but they weren’t able to get past powerhouse Morton and lost to Leyden 3-1 on Oct. 11.

AT will have another crack at the Eagles in the regional semifinal. The No. 11 seed Blazers will be viewed as the underdog against the Eagles. If they get past Leyden, No. 3 Elk Grove would be the likely opponent in the Oct. 26 regional final.

Glenbard East

Regional: Glenbard East

Sectional: Schaumburg

First game: 4:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 22, vs. No. 4 Glenbard North

Outlook: The postseason could have offered the Rams the chance to get away from DuPage Valley Conference opposition, but instead they open up with DVC foe Glenbard North.

The Panthers beat the No. 16 seed Rams 2-0 on Sept. 17 in the second of six straight DVC losses for East before they tied Wheaton Warrenville South 3-3 in Tuesday’s regular season finale. The Rams went 5-3-1 out of conference, but finished 5-9-2 overall.

“It’s a team we’re familiar with,” East coach Josh Adler said. “If can get some good pieces together and find ways to execute, and shut down some of their better [players], we can find a way to make it a good opportunity for us.”

Glenbard East was shut out in four of its first nine matches, but has scored in every game since, including a 5-0 win over Montini on Saturday.

Hugo Aguilar has stepped up as the team’s leading scorer while fellow seniors Carlos Urbina, Ivailo Alexandrov, Jon Chairez and Brian Mika have helped solidify the back line.


Regional: Conant

Sectional: Schaumburg

First game: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at No. 14 Bartlett

Outlook: The Warriors are heading into the postseason with just one win. They finished the regular season by taking Downers Grove South to penalty kicks, but came up short.

Willowbrook, the No. 18 seed, opens the postseason with a regional quarterfinal at No. 14 Bartlett.

If the Warriors can spring the upset they will take on DuPage Valley Conference champ and No. 2 seed Lake Park.

Timothy Christian

Regional: Timothy Christian

Sectional: Chicago Christian

Next game: 6 p.m. tonight vs. No. 5 Marine Military Academy

Outlook: The Trojans are one step away from winning a regional title on their home field after beating Chicago Richards 9-0 in the regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Timothy (9-9-2 overall, 1-5 Metro Suburban Conference) now heads into the final against Marine Military Academy, which had no problem beating No. 1 seed Chicago Hope Academy 6-1 in the semifinal.


Regional: Lisle

Sectional: Chicago Christian

Next game: 4 p.m. today at No. 2 Lisle

Outlook: After beating Westmont 6-0 in the regional semifinal on Tuesday the Broncos take on host Lisle in the final.

Montini will be hoping for a deep playoff run.

Not only are the Broncos the top seed in the Class 1A Lisle regional, but they also beat Chicago Christian and Timothy Christian, the other top seeds in the sectional.

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