Patrick McGavin’s boys soccer notes

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1. Fast rising Evanston just concluded a spectacular week of soccer. Oli Jacques scored the game-winner in the No. 8 Wildkits’ 2-1 victory over rival New Trier. Evanston (13-2-3) went 2-0-1 in topping the field of the Mid-States Classic tournament. Jesus Villasenor, Erick Balthazar and Arturo Ramirez keyed the offensive attack. Evanston also earned the top seed in the Class 3A Niles North Sectional.

2. St. Joseph (12-0-1) is one of the last remaining unbeaten teams as the start of the state tournament looms. Senior forward Anthony Gulli, who spent his first two years at Benet, is the team’s top offensive player, and is ably supported by senior midfielder Victor Moreno (nine goals). “We’ve really come together as a team this year,” Gulli said. “We’ve been able to put together a consistent game effort.” The Chargers are the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A St. Laurence Sectional.

3. The Public League city tournament began on Monday. Led by senior midfielder Emmanuel Rodriguez, 2012 city champion and regular-season Premier winner Kelly earned the top seed, followed by Lane, Hubbard and Young. Defending champion Lake View is grouped with Young. The eight winners of pool play advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal bracket at Pasteur Park. The city final is October 16th at North Park University.

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