Fox Valley Conference
Crystal Lake Central
Coach: Jose Arias (third season)
Last season’s record: 9-12-1 overall, 3-3 FVC Fox (tied for second)
Top returners: Michael Chen, jr., F; Jacob Sigmund, sr., Jordan Fisher, jr., F; Derek Olson, sr., MF; Kyle Klusendorf, jr., MF
Top newcomers: Kieran Hush, jr., MF; Emre Senturk, sr., F; Patrick Kinahan, so., GK
What to expect: The Tigers struggled last season with consistency, a problem coach Arias hopes to turn around. Crystal Lake Central will rely on experience and knowledge of the game to take the next step towards on conference championship.
Coach: John Gosling (seventh season)
Last season’s record: 5-17-1 overall, 0-6 FVC Fox (seventh)
Top Returners: Andy Pederson, sr., GK; Peter Panagakos, sr., D; Michael Boutin, jr., D/MF; Jose Hernandez, sr., F; Jake Gholson, sr., D.
Key Newcomers: Jose Cruz, so., MF; Douglas Stuehler, so., F; Tyler Fairwood, so., MF.
What to Expect: The Whip-Purs graduated some key players, but have 14 returning players that will compete for playing time. Hampshire lost several games by one or two goals last season, and is hoping to be on the positive side of those results this year.
Coach: JC Brown, (fourth season)
Last season’s record: 6-11-2 overall, 0-6 FVC Valley (seventh)
Top returners: Nick Hoklas, sr., MF; Sam Reynolds, sr., MF; Josh Reichert, sr., MF; Luke Feeterer, sr., D; Zac Rietz, jr., D; Austin Marconi, jr., F
Key newcomers: Gavin Rathjen, so., D; Nick Marconi, fr., F; Eric Truitt, fr., MF; Garrett Bronn, jr., MF.
What to expect: The Wolves return 13 players from last year’s team and look to turn their talent and experience into a championship as they switch to the Fox side of the FVC. The large group of seniors look to invert last year’s record and make a deep run into the playoffs.
Coach: Mike Golda (fifth season)
Last year’s record: 6-15-1 overall, 3-3 FVC Fox (tied for second)
Top Returners: Julio Arias, jr., F, Jose Gonzalez, sr., MF; Caleb Schroeder, sr., F; Miggy Carreno, sr., MF/D; Will Maidment, so., MF; Matt Shook, so., D/MF; Jared Warmbier, so., D; Andy Dominguez, so., MF; John Priesto, so., D/MF.
Top New Players: Salvador Ortiz, sr., F/MF/D; Riley Vogel, sr., D/MF; Arturo Estrada, sr., D/MF; Sammy Guardado, jr., GK; Jose Alanis, jr., MF; Ben Woodson, so., MF/F; Conner Zankle, so., D/MF; Josue Carreno, fr. MF/F.
What to Expect: Woodstock will have three levels for the first time on the boys side of the program. With increasing numbers and the addition of 10 seniors that were not a part of the program, the Blue Streaks look to be competitive in every match the eason.
Coach: Lauren Farley (second season)
Last season’s record: 11-12-1 Overall, 3-3 FVC Fox
Top returners: Alejandro Miranda, sr., MF; Josh Jandron, sr., F; Esteban Albarran, sr., D; Luis Balleno, sr., F; Chris Niese, sr., F; Ricky Rodriguez, jr., GK
Key newcomers: Zach Schmidt, jr., MF; Johnathan Glaser, jr., MF; Edder Tapia, so., MF
What to expect: With a strong group of returning seniors, the Thunder hope to battle for the division title as well as the regional title. After losing in the regional final last year, this group looks to win the first regional title in school history.
Coach: Mark Olson (ninth season)
Last season’s record: 11-8 overall, 2-4 FVC Valley (tied for fifth)
Top returners: Kevin Budreck, sr., D; Casey Charbonneau, sr., F; Ethan Csoka, sr., GK; Josh Gratz, sr., MF; Israel Lopez, sr., D; Matt Scott, sr., D; Brad Sigsworth, sr., D; Michael Arenberg, jr., D; Max Green, jr., D; Brett Schuerg, jr., MF; Luis Lemus, so., MF/F.
Top newcomers: Tom Berrafato, sr., D/MF; Eric Fischer GK/D; Jesse Ives, sr., D; Patrick McKune, sr., MF/D; Esteban Angeles, jr., MF; Dan Lincicum, jr., D/MF; Xavier Nevoraski, jr., MF/F; John O’Brien, jr., F; Nate Weber, jr., F/MF; Scott Wilde, jr., MF.
What to Expect: Cary-Grove expects to put another strong, competitive team on the pitch this season. In a competitive conference, coach Olson knows his team will be in for many battles. They will rely on strong leadership form their seniors, and Olson says the team goal is to get better each and every day.
Crystal Lake South
Coach: Brian Allen (eighth season)
Last season’s record: 9-12-3 overall, 3-3 FVC-Valley (third)
Top returners: Charlie Ruff, sr., MF; Andrew Perrine, sr., D; Stefan Harris, sr.,F; Ryan Russmann, sr., MF; Orlando Tapia, sr., MF; Jake Canfield, jr., D; Jeff Kirshenbaum, jr., D; Mike Woeste, jr., MF; Andrew Grabowski, so., F
Key newcomers: Dalton Kause, sr., GK; Ben Nyman, sr., MF; Nikolas Getzinger, fr., MF; Spencer Traub, so., GK
What to expect: The Gators have a lot of depth on this year’s team with 12 returning players (7 starters) from last year and some talented newcomers joining the mix. Coach Allen will always have expectations of maintaining a high-competitive standard while many starting spots are still up in the air.
Coach: Rey Vargas (tenth season)
Last season’s record: 19-1-1 overall, 6-0 FVC Valley (first)
Top returners: Jose Gonzalez, sr., GK; William Campos, sr., MF; Ivan Sanchez, sr., D; Jason Horcher, sr., D.
Key newcomers: Freddy Martinez, jr., F; Brian Madrid, so., MF; Lisandro Gonzalez, jr., D; Andrew Janikowski, jr., MF; Jeremy Jareckyj, so., MF; Johnathan Reese, jr., D.
What to expect: The Chargers finished 1st in the FVC Valley Division last year, going undefeated through the entire regular season losing in the Regional quarterfinal in a penalty shootout. Team chemistry and concentrating on their strong points will be key for a team that lost a lot of players to graduation. D-C believes that with the combination of returning players and newcomers, it will be a competitive team.
Coach: Kris Grabner (twelfth season)
Last season’s record: 21-3-1 overall, 5-1 FVC Valley (second)
Top returners: Manuel Menjivar, sr., D; Angel Sanchez, sr. D; Travis Walsh, jr., F; Allan Josue Barrientos, so., F; Kyle Carberry, jr., D; Michael Zembrzuski, jr., MF.
Top newcomers: Dakota Ferguson, sr., GK; Maxwell Walsh, so., MF; Zack Whitaker, so., MF; Michael Parks, so., GK.
What to expect: Huntley had a strong regular season, as their record indicated. However, the Red Raiders lost many of their contributing players to graduation, including Niko Mihalopoulos, last year's Player of the Year. Huntley will have big shoes to fill all over the field, but coach Kris Grabner believes his team will be compeititve and be ready for the challenge.
Coach: Anthony Cappello (fifth season)
Last season’s record: 6-13-1 overall, 2-4 FVC Valley (tied for fifth)
Top returners: Erik Merdinger, sr., D; Konrad Wasilewski, jr., F; Ean Wilson, jr., F/D; Nick Voss, jr., MF; Daniel Kim, jr., MF.
Key Newcomers: Noah Melick, fr., F; Colin Walsh fr., F; Chris Rigby, jr., MF/F; Andrew Craig, jr., MF/D; Eduardo Guimaray, jr., GK; Ethan Pickering, so., GK.
What to expect: The Golden Eagles will look to improve upon last year’s growth. A very young team took their bumps along the way. Jacobs will look for that youth to have some experience this year to make it a competitive team.
Coach: Tony Caruso (seventeenth season)
Last season’s record: 13-9-3 overall, 3-3 FVC Valley (tied for third)
Top returners: Joe Trocki, sr., F; Jose Dominguez, sr., F; Alex Almazan , sr., MF; Dalton Wilfinger, sr., F; Luis Beltran, jr., D; Geronimo Hernandez, jr., MF; James Mulhall, so., MF; Justin Rutherford, so., MF; Carlos Duran, so., MF; Connor Uhl, so., MF.
Key newcomers: Alex Lee, so., D; Zach Gorniak, so., D; Josh Burr, so., F; Richie Boettcher, so., GK; Jake King, so., GK; Cooper Baldocchi, jr., D.
What to expect: With several players lost to graduation, McHenry will look for newcomers to play a big role. The Warriors have only 5 seniors and 10 sophomores. Caruso believes if his team shows a strong work ethic, like they have in training, they will be very competitive this year.
Coach: David Abel (thirteenth season)
Last season’s record: 14-6-2 overall, 8-2 BNC East (second)
Top returners: Jerry Martinez, sr., MF; Fernando Mercado, sr., D; Daniel Mercado, sr., MF; Juan Escobar, sr, F; Benito Mendoza, sr., F.
Key newcomers: Humberto Hernandez, jr., GK; Oscar Ramirez, jr., D; Alfredo Pichardo, so., MF; Ismael Albarran, so., MF.
What to expect: Harvard will rely on senior leadership that Coach Abel says has done a great job getting their younger players ready for the season. The combination of youth and experience will make Harvard a competitive side this year.
Coach: Rob Eastland (10th season)
Last season’s record: 7-13-1 overall, 3-3 FVC Fox (second)
Top returners: Nick Whiting, jr., MF; Sam Blankenship, sr., F; Sam Billig, sr., D; Dalton Wolff, sr., D.
Key newcomers: Dean Wiersum, fr., F; Will Conroy, fr., MF.
What to expect: The Skyhawks graduated a lot of players over the past two seasons, creating a new era of players to step in and make an impact. Eastland affirmed that expectations do not change with the conference, as they expect to compete at the highest level. Johnsburg has a goal to make a deep run into the playoffs.
Coach: Jim McKinnon (sixth season)
Last season’s record: 5-11-1 overall, 4-5-1 BNC East (third)
Top returners: Jesse Ramirez, jr., MF; Dylan Marks, sr., GK, Michael Vega-Perez, so., D; Jorge Herrera, sr., MF.
Top newcomers: Nathan Saporta, jr., MF; Jake LaSota, fr., D.
What to expect: Marengo will put a very young, inexperienced team out on the field this year. With just two seniors, coach Jim McKinnon described this seaon as a learning curve. He is confident his group will back down from no challenge and will come to play each and every game.
Coach: Casey DeCaluwe (fourth season)
Last season’s record: 1-16-1 overall, 0-10 BNC East, (seventh)
Top Returners: Luis Perez, sr., GK; Brad Barrett, sr., MF; Ty Omark, jr., MF; Coby Delucia, jr., D; Luke Bilik, sr., D.
Top Newcomers: Tyler Cline, sr., D; Brennen Freiberger, fr., D; Kyle Townsend, fr., MF.
What to expect: R-B expects to be a more competitive side this year. The Rockets have a group of multiple sport athletes that came out this year and a mix of young talent. Hard work will be necessary but DeCaluwe believes R-B will have a competitive side.
East Suburban Catholic
Coach: Jim Colvin (second season)
Last season’s record: 12-7-1 overall, 7-1 Suburban Christian Conference (second)
Top Returners: Beau Meintz, sr., D; Liam Gries, sr., F; Connor Hall, sr., F; Bryan Hart, jr., MF; Jake Higgins, jr., GK; Gavin Sell, jr., MF.
Key Newcomers: Josh Smith, so., MF; Connor Stiscak, so., D; Jacob Klaus, so., F; Jimmy Colvin, so., D.
What to expect: The Hurricanes finished second in their conference and won a regional championship last season. With all but one starter returning and a talented group of sophomores joining last year’s team, Marian expects to make a strong run in both their conference and the state tournament.