Boys soccer insider: Notes, power rankings and what to watch

Preston Krahl
Preston Krahl

A year ago, Jacobs goalkeeper Preston Krahl’s season ended unceremoniously. He tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the regular-season finale, a loss to Crystal Lake South.

Krahl missed both of Jacobs’ playoff games, including a season-ending loss to Dundee-Crown in a Class 3A regional final. The injury set back Krahl six months.

“I just got hit,” Krahl said. “Direct contact on my knee. It was pretty hard coming back.”

Krahl said he was out of action until March. Now a senior, Krahl has been one of the reasons why Jacobs is off to a 4-0 start in the Fox Valley Conference, entering play Tuesday.

“He’s mentally switched on at all times,” Jacobs coach Colin Brice said. “I think he’s one of the best goalkeepers around, and he’s a great leader as a senior. He comes up big and saves us late in games.”

Krahl also is the kicker for the Golden Eagles' football team. He is 12 for 13 on extra points this season and has made one field goal.

Class 1A: Richmond-Burton earned the No. 1 seed in its sub-sectional for the IHSA Class 1A state tournament, while Marian Central earned the No. 3 seed in the same sub-sectional. The two teams are on opposite sides of the Class 1A Oregon Sectional bracket.

R-B (12-5, 6-2 Kishwaukee River Conference) never has won a regional title. Marian (7-8, 1-3 East Suburban Catholic Conference) won a Class 1A regional last year.

PepsiCo washout: Sunday’s PepsiCo Showdown championship games were canceled because of the weather over the weekend. Hampshire and Huntley were scheduled to play in PepsiCo Showdown championship games.

“Due to the severe rainfall over the past 36 hours, we didn’t believe any surface would’ve been dry enough to ensure player safety,” the tournament posted on its Facebook page.


1. Crystal Lake South (9-3-2, 3-0 FVC): The Gators survived an overtime battle against Huntley and defeated Cary-Grove in FVC play last week.

2. Jacobs (8-3-2, 4-0 FVC): Jacobs had won six in a row before a loss to Fremd this weekend in nonconference action.

3. Huntley (6-6-1, 1-2 FVC): Outside of the last two unbeaten teams in the FVC, the rest of the area teams keep beating up on each other. Taking South into overtime showed that the Red Raiders aren’t afraid of anyone in the FVC.

4. Cary-Grove (5-4, 2-1 FVC): By virtue of a win over Dundee-Crown, the Trojans jumped into the rankings for the first time this season. The Trojans also lost to South, 3-1, last week.

5. Woodstock (13-4, 7-0 KRC): The Blue Streaks continue to cruise in the Kishwaukee River Conference. They’ve won three in a row.


Richmond-Burton at Woodstock, 6 p.m. Wednesday: The top two teams in the KRC do battle again. Woodstock won the first matchup.

Huntley at Prairie Ridge, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Prairie Ridge has played well at times, beating Crystal Lake Central in OT last week, but could use a win against Huntley.

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