By Haley Brock

The 2018 PepsiCo Showdown Boys features 64 high schools and nearly 2,000 city and suburban players from public and private schools all around the Chicago and Northern Illinois region.

Opening Day of the largest high school soccer tournament in the U.S. saw the top two seeds in the U.S. Army Bracket – nationally-ranked Morton and defending Class 2A champ Solorio – escape with 1-0 victories over Plainfield Central and Hoffman Estates. The No. 1 seeds in the U.S. Navy Bracket (Oswego) and U.S. Coast Guard Bracket (St. Edward) needed penalty kicks to beat Thornton and Bulls Prep to advance to Tuesday’s Elite Eight.

The popular showcase continues on Tuesday with all 64 high schools back in action at 32 different sites. Nearly 11,000 minutes of soccer will be played in the 16th annual event. With 2,500 minutes down, here is a look at which players and teams rose to the occasion on Opening Day at the Inwood Soccer Complex in Joliet:


Leading Goal Scorers

3- AJ Adu, DePaul College Prep

2- Mason McCaw, Oswego

2- Josh Johansen, St. Edward

2- Seamus Kilgallon, Wheaton Academy

2- Leonard Ngongo, Rockford East

2- Mateusz Bula, Stagg

2- Nolan McGrath, Lincoln-Way West

2- Kevin Martinez, Juarez

2- Santiago Carnalla, DePaul Prep

2- Angel Arizmendiz, Washington

2- Alan Arriaga, Eisenhower

Leading Assists

2- Jack Kilgallon, Wheaton Academy

2- David Rizzo, Willowbrook

2- Alex Cervzntes, Garcia

2- Roberto Valencia, Juarez

2- Juan A. Garibay, Washington

2- Gael Arriaga, Eisenhower

2- Andy Lara, Muchin Prep

Team shutouts

Crystal Lake South



Wheaton Academy

Francis Parker


Rockford East

Riverside Brookfield


Lake View


Lincoln-Way West



Bloom Township

Crystal Lake Central

Muchin Prep

West Chicago


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