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Gibault ready for challengers at Class 2A state soccer tournament

Gibault’s Karson Huels and Althoff’s Mitchell Kidd sprint to the ball during the Class 1A soccer sectional championship in 2017.
Gibault’s Karson Huels and Althoff’s Mitchell Kidd sprint to the ball during the Class 1A soccer sectional championship in 2017. dholtmann@bnd.com

The Gibault Hawks will attempt to win that elusive fifth boys state soccer championship in school history beginning Friday at the Class 2A State Soccer Tournament at Hoffman Estates High School.

Third in the 2016 Class 1A state finals and second in Class 2A a year ago, the Hawks (17-4-5) will take on the Crystal Lake South Gators (20-2-3) at 1 p.m. in the first of two Class 2A semi-final games. Peoria Notre Dame (22-2) will play Chicago St. Ignatius College Prep (16-7) in the second game at 3 p.m.

The two semi-final winners will play for the state title on Saturday at 1 p.m. The third place game is at 11 a.m.

Following is a closer look at the teams whiich will compete for the Class 2A State title this weekend.

Waterloo (Gibault Catholic) (17-4-5)

Coach: Darryn Haudrich (2nd season, 34-10-8)

Classification Enrollment: 351.45 (M)

Nickname: Hawks

Colors: Cardinal/White

Last Year’s Advancement: Lost to Chicago (Solorio Academy), 6-0, in State Championship Game

State tournament history: This is the Hawks 12th trip to the state tournament. Gibault won the Class A state title in 2005, 2006, 2007 and the Class 1A crown in 2013

Players to watch: Sr. Forward Logan Doerr (22 goals, 14 assists, 58 points); Sr. Midfielder Karson Huels (15 goals,17 assists, 47 points); Sr. Forward Cameron Kincheloe (9 goals, 3 assists, 21 points); Soph. Midfielder Tate Schilling (8 goals, 6 assists, 22 points).

Crystal Lake (South) (20-2-3)

Coach: Brian Allen (12 years, 169-98-21)

Classification Enrollment: 1462

Nickname: Gators

Colors: Green/Gold/White

Conference: Fox Valley

Last Year’s Advancement: Lost to Algonquin (Jacobs), 1-0, in 3A Sectional Semifinal

State Tournament history: This is the Gators first trip to the state soccer tournament

Players to watch: Jr. Forward Alex Canfield (30 goals, 6 assists, 66 points); Sr. Midfielder Ryan Coughlin (8 goals, 9 assists, 25 points); Sr. Defender Nick Langdon (6 goals, 11 assists, 23 points)

Chicago (St. Ignatius College Prep) (16-7)

Coach: Ryan Kearns (5th season, 71-30-14)

Classification Enrollment: 1454

Nickname: Wolfpack

Colors: Maroon/Gold

Conference: Chicago Catholic

Last Year’s Advancement: Lost to Downers Grove (North), 4-2, in 3A Regional Final



State tournament history: This is the Wolfpacks third trip to the state tournament

Players to watch: Sr. Midfielder Max Griffin (18 goals, 1 assist, 37 points); Sr, Defender Keith Bevans (10 goals, 5 assists, 25 points); Jr. Midifielder Daniel Fernandez (6 goals, 2 assiss, 14 points)

Peoria (Notre Dame) (22-2)

Coach: Mike Bare (12th year, 241-46-20)

Classification Enrollment: 1280.4 (M)

Nickname: Irish

Colors: Navy/White/Kelly Green

Conference: Big Twelve

Last Year’s Advancement: Lost to Quincy (Notre Dame), 4-2, in Sectional Final

State tournament history: This is the Irish 15th trip to the state tournament. They won Class 2A state title in 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012

Players to watch: Jr. Midfielder Myles Sophanavong (24 goals, 24 assists, 72 points); Jr. Forward Noah Madrigal (39 goals, 13 assists, 91 points); Jr. Forward Declan Dillon (9 goals, 22 assists, 40 points)

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