Saturday, October 30, 2010
Down one man, one goal with ten minutes
left, ’09 state champs battle back for 2-1 win
It is undeniable that the Lyons Township High School soccer team has some magic in the making in 2010. Friday evening, the 2009 IHSA class 3A state champions displayed such magic in overcoming bitter rival Morton High School in thrilling fashion, 2-1, in the sectional championship. Illinois' No.1 vs. No. 2 matchup, according to the Chicago Tribune's PrepsPlus section, was held at neutral site Argo High School. The match was heavily hyped all week, and by the final whistle, the hype had been justified. "It's LT vs. Morton, and every time those two teams get on the field, something exciting or crazy happens," LT head coach Paul Labbato said. "[Morton] played really well, but our guys finished it up." Morton's 2-1 victory in the Pepsi …
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Regular season concludes at West Fields
with 3-0 triumph, regionals begin Tuesday.
Elliot Borge has been on fire. A member of the Chicago Fire's Academy club team year round, Borge has exploded for four goals in Lyons Township High School's last three games, including what proved to be the winner in the squad's 3-0 win over Benet Academy on Saturday. Lyons-- which clinched the West Suburban Silver Conference title Oct. 12 after beating York Community High School-- concluded its regular season in fine fashion against the Patriot League powerhouse. The Lions benefited from Borge's eighth score of the year along with insurance goals from seniors Kyle Kurfirst and Peter Kralovec-Kircherr. LTHS ends its year with a sparkling 18-1-2 record. "Definitely a successful season," Borge said. "Obviously we had the one loss against …
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Talented senior's outstanding play leads
Lyons to second consecutive title in the annual soccer match.
At 5 foot 6 inches, Lyons senior midfielder Kyle Kurfirst isn't the tallest of players, but his strength, undying work rate and scrappy enthusiasm prove effective and contagious on the field. Case in point: On Tuesday night, the co-captian's two goals—one a header—dragged the Lyons Township High School soccer squad from the flames as it narrowly defeated Hinsdale Central High School 3-2 at Dickinson Field, home of the Red Devils, to win the "Silver Brick" trophy. LTHS, now 11-1-2 and currently ranked second in state according to Chicago Tribune Preps Plus, was coming off a 1-0 win over Wisconsin powerhouse Marquette University High School on Sept. 25 going into Tuesday's match. The annual meeting between the Lions and the Devils determines…
Friday, September 24, 2010
Comfortable home victory re-inspires
confidence after tough loss to Morton.
Morton teammates embracing in ecstasy, Lyons players frozen still, stunned, and the entire Lyons Township High School fan section utterly heartbroken. Such was the scene on Sept. 18 at the West Fields, located at the corner of Cossit Avenue and Willow Springs Road, as LT's 2-1 overtime loss to the Morton Mustangs knocked the Pepsi Showdown favorites out of the tournament in the semifinal round. On Sept. 23, however, the Lions bounced back from their recent defeat to trounce West Suburban Conference opponent Glenbard West High School 3-0 at the West Fields. LT midfielder Taylor Halamka believes the win was crucial for the Lions' psyche and game mentality. "It was important to win this game because it was a conference match, and after a …
Monday, September 20, 2010
Unbeaten streak ends as Lyons'
flame flickers out just short of final.
The Lyons Township High School soccer team had been looking to return to the Pepsi Showdown championship, held at Toyota Park, after a heartbreaking championship loss in 2009 at the hands of powerhouse Neuqua Valley High School by a score of 2-1. 2-1 was the score Saturday as the Lions fell short of tournament glory again, this time in the semifinal round, to Morton High School. Morton will face Libertyville in annual the tournament's finale on Sept. 25. "Today I felt as though Morton wanted it more than us," senior forward Horacio Sanchez said. "We're a good team and they're a good team. When two good teams meet, it's just about who wants it more, and today Morton wanted it more than us." Elliot Borge put LT ahead mid-way through the …
Friday, September 17, 2010
Skilled squad pushes past their rival for the
second time this week, ready for next test.
The Lyons Township High School boys soccer team defeated Downers Grove North High School—currently ranked seventh nationally by ESPNrise.com—by a score of 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Pepsi Showdown on Sept. 16 at home, placing the Lions just one bracket rung away from the Showdown championship match, to be played at Toyota Park Sept. 25. Senior midfielder Kyle Kurfirst scored the only goal of the match on a header following a cross that was misplayed by the Downers Grove North goalkeeper. It was their second time defeating Downers Grove North this week: Lyons pulled off a tightly contested victory at home, handily overcoming the Downers side 2-0 in a West Suburban Conference away game on Sept. 14. When asked about the significance…
Monday, September 13, 2010
After placing as runners-up in '09, the Lions move on to knockout stages where they face threatening Downers Grove North on Sept. 16.
Things just keep rolling for the Lyons Township High School boys soccer team as it defeated West Chicago High School 1-0 in Pepsi Showdown first round qualification. The Lions, whose regular season record stands at 2-0-2, won all three of their qualifying matches in the Marriott Group—one of eight groups, each consisting of four teams, where the team with the best record moves on— to advance to the knockout stages of the Pepsi Showdown, the annual Illinois tournament with the championship played at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, home of the Chicago Fire. Lyons next faces Downers Grove North on Sept. 16; whichever team comes out on top plays the winner of Morton versus Geneva for a spot in the championship match, which Lyons nearly clinched …
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
A fully fit, suspension free Lyons squad
romps opposition and is off to good start.
The Lyons Township boys soccer team had been looking to open their Pepsi Showdown qualifying account with a bang while getting back on the winning track following a 1-1 draw against St. Viator High School on September 3. Tuesday afternoon, they handily accomplished both objectives. The squad calmly disposed of Oswego High School 4-0 in the teams' first group game in the Pepsi Showdown, a prestigious state-wide tournament held for both girls and boys high school programs. The team was at full strength as senior starting midfielders Kyle Kurfirst and Peter Gabrek returned from one-game red card bans. Head coach Paul Labbato admits the team functions at a much higher level with Kurfirst, Gabrek and junior phenom Elliot Borge on the field all …
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The team is coming off a victory over St. Charles and a tie with St. Viator.
Lyons Township High School varsity boys soccer continued their undefeated streak with a 4-3 mid-week defeat of St. Charles East High School, and a 1-1 draw with reigning class 2A state champions St. Viator High School on Sept. 3. The Lions met St. Charles on Sept. 1 at the North Campus West Fields, at the corner of Cossitt Avenue and Willow Springs Road, and after going down 2-0 early, they appeared to be worn out from a trying match against powerhouse rival Neuqua Valley high school the previous Saturday. But LT bounced back to secure the 4-3 victory, with goals from seniors Horacio Sanchez and Alex Economou, junior Kovas Zygas, and an one goal off a throw-in from senior Peter Kralovec-Kirchherr. Going against St. Viator, LT was without …