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.

Four years ago, Parker placed third in Class 1A.
And ever since then, coach Neil Curran’s program has been aiming to top that success. Led by standout Joey Stern and Dylan Jung, the Colonels return eight starters from a team that won a Class 1A sectional in 2017 and is looking to book a ticket to Peoria this October. Bob Narang has the story.

When all 64 high schools and 2,000 players return to the Inwood Soccer Complex in Joliet on Saturday, odds are some of Chicago and Northern Illinois’ top talent will square off against one another. More than 2,500 minutes of high school soccer will take place in the fourth round of the PepsiCo Showdown Boys, which will feature players from the city and suburbs, public and private schools and stars from small and large soccer clubs alike. Which players and teams are standing above the rest heading into Saturday’s play? Here is a look at some of the statistical categories after nearly 7,500 minutes of soccer in the largest high school tournament in the U.S. Haley Brock has the inside information.