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Boys Soccer: H-BR back on 1A Final Four doorstep

Updated: October 22, 2012 10:58PM

“Every inch, every play” is the mantra for Hinckley-Big Rock to achieve the program’s second IHSA Final Four showing.

Tuesday’s Class 1A Naperville North Supersectional at 6:30 p.m. has H-BR’s Royals (20-4) on the Final Four doorstep for the second consecutive year and sixth time in school history. Standing in the way is Chicago’s Cristo Rey Jesuit (17-1-2)

Hinckley-Big Rock made it in 1979 when there was only one class for boys soccer. This year marks the second time for H-BR to reach the Elite Eight under a three-class system, with one time under two classes, and one additional appearance under during the single class era.

“We’ve talked about the importance of being more diligent from start to finish. The idea is to give every inch, every play, to have no letdowns,” coach Paul Taeuber said. “At this point, you know you’re only going to play quality opponents, so you have to have the desire, continue to play as a team, and most important, finish every opportunity.”

Hinckley-Big Rock avenged two of its losses beating Somonauk for the school’s 12th regional title and beating Princeton en route to its ninth sectional trophy. The fourth loss occurred against 2A Kaneland.

In 2011, H-BR lost a supersectional to Lisle, the program that Cristo Rey Jesuit just defeated for the school’s first-ever sectional title. The Cristeros swept the Chicago Prep Conference (10-0 regular-season) and tournament titles while battling to 0-0 draws with 2A programs Juarez and St. Laurence, coupled with an upset loss to Chicago Little Village.

Class 1A is assured a new champion with Cristo Rey Jesuit having eliminated a Lisle program that was the 2010 champion and 2011 runner-up to Quincy Notre Dame, which was beaten by Carlinville. Last year’s third-place finisher, Chicago Parker, is back in the Elite Eight along with H-BR and Urbana.

Junior Angelo Villa had the match-winners for the 1-0 sectional victories over Timothy Christian and Lisle with sophomore Alejandra Vences a key in midfield for a squad that has two senior starters in forward Hector Alvarado and keeper Carlos Vences.

Hinckley-Big Rock is led by senior Bernie Conley — 90 points based on 33 goals the elevate him to third on the school career chart at 127 — plus Billy Weissinger (59 points on 25 goals, 9 assists), Zach Michels (44 points on 17 goals, 10 assists), and Jared Madden (41 points on 16 goals, 9 assists).

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