Oswego senior Omar Carreno has a number of goals for his final high school season. Carreno is pointing toward a victory over Oswego East, a championship appearance in the PepsiCo Showdown and a run in the Class 3A state tournament. By beating Thornton, West Chicago and Rockford East, the Panthers advanced to PepsiCo Showdown Championship Sunday at Robert Morris University’s Sports Complex in Arlington Heights. No. 1 seed Oswego, which will make its first PepsiCo Showdown title-game appearance since the event’s first year in 2003, will face upstart Woodstock in the U.S. Navy Bracket championship tilt. In 2017, No. 2 seed Woodstock ended the campaign with an eye-opening 23-1 record and has nine starters back from that squad. Bob Narang has the report.

After posting a memorable 23-1 record last season but drawing little attention, Woodstock soccer coach Matt Warmbier realized it was time for a change.
So with nine starters back from last season’s team, Warmbier upgraded the schedule, which included entry into the PepsiCo Showdown.
The Blue Streaks won 11 of their first 13 games and advanced to the championship game of the U.S. Navy Bracket in the 16th Annual PepsiCo Showdown Boys. Woodstock will play Oswego on 1 p.m. Sunday at Robert Morris University’s Sports Complex in Arlington Heights. Bob Narang has the report.

Morton judges itself on a different level than most high school soccer programs. With one of the largest talents pools to draw from in Illinois, the Mustangs base their seasons on titles – not win-loss records. After capturing the program’s first state championship in 2011, the Mustangs have yet to return to that special place – despite numerous 20-win seasons and regional and sectional championships. The closest they got was third-place finish in 2015. With eight starters back, will this be the year Morton raises another state championship trophy at Hoffman Estates High School in early November? Bob Narang reports.