Boys Soccer: St. Charles East primed for postseason
By Steve Nemeth For Sun-Times Media October 14, 2012 5:40PM
Updated: November 16, 2012 6:07AM
Fulfilling the title of being the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A York Sectional can depend on so many factors: offense, defense, midfield play, goal keeping, team chemistry and even luck.
When asked what would enable St. Charles East to live up to that billing, Saints coach Paul Jennison had no trouble coming up with his answer.
“I’ve got 21 of them. Seriously, I have to give all 21 players on our roster a compliment because we’ve used everyone virtually all season long and that depth has been, and should continue to be the key to our success,” Jennison said.
“The magic of postseason is that on any given day, anyone is capable of winning, but I do believe the teams with better chemistry and depth succeed the most. It’s not a secret we’re a high-energy and high-pressure club because we have the kind of numbers to play that way,” Jennison added.
The Saints, who are 11-0-1 over their last 12 contests, routed East Aurora 6-1 in the Upstate Eight Conference’s inaugural Crossover Championship and are 16-2-1 overall.
Led by senior defenders Michael Macek and Ben Womac, the Saints then count on Kevin Kurtz, whom Jennison calls the best “box-to-box” player he’s seen, along with scoring leader T.C. Hull, who is described as a “natural finisher.”
A win Tuesday could potentially set up another meeting with cross-town rival North and then a possible rematch with No. 4 seed Streamwood.
Coming off a strong 2012 regular season, No. 3 seed Larkin is aiming to emerge in the York Sectional even with Addison Trail as the No. 2 seed.
Dundee-Crown, seeded third at the Rockford Auburn Sectional, had a strong season in the Fox Valley Valley Division. Huntley is the top seed in that sectional while Jacobs is No. 2.