Month: September 2018

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Oswego Hoping To Spray Some Pepsi On Championship Sunday

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.

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Woodstock Is Ready For PepsiCo Showdown Championship Sunday

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.

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PepsiCo Showdown No. 1 Seed Morton Hopes To Be Celebrating In September & November

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.

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Top Performers: PepsiCo Showdown Goal, Assist & Save Leaders

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.

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Leading The Way: PepsiCo Showdown Goal, Assist & Save Leaders

Two PepsiCo Showdown rounds down, two to go in the largest high school soccer tournament in the U.S. With another massive slate of battles set to take place on Thursday throughout the Chicago and Northern Illinois regions, players and schools in many cases are facing competition they normally would not face during the season. Which players and teams are standing above the rest? Haley Brock has the sought after stats!

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PREVIEW: NATIONAL GUARD BRACKET – 2018 PEPSICO SHOWDOWN BOYS (CHICAGO)

The 16th Annual PepsiCo Showdown Boys is a high school sporting event unlike any other, featuring 64 high schools, 2,000 boys soccer players, more than 175 communities and nearly 130 games in a 14-day span. And to top it off, all of those schools and players are at Inwood Soccer Complex on back-to-back Saturdays – starting with Opening Day on Sept. 8 and finishing with a massive celebration on Sept. 23 for Championship Sunday. Bob Narang breaks down the NATIONAL GUARD BRACKET of the PepsiCo Showdown Boys.