Come cheer on the soccer team at state!


Staff report

Excitement is at an all-time high as the boys’ varsity soccer team qualified for the IHSA Class AA tournament for the second time (and first time since 2008) and qualified to go downstate for the ninth time in school history thanks to a 2-1 victory Tuesday over Marian Catholic in the Lemont Supersectional.

That win enables the Chargers, who won the Chicago Catholic League with a 7-0 mark this year, to play in the IHSA Class AA state semi-finals, which will be played Friday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at Hoffman Estates High School.

The Chargers reach the state tournament with a 22-0-1 overall record, the first time the program has gone undefeated this late into the season since 1994, when they started 24-0-2 before falling to Sandburg in the first round at state.

To celebrate the occasion, school will be let out at 1:30 on Friday so that students can make the trek up to Hoffman Estates to cheer on our Chargers. Leading the way for St. Joseph are Eduardo Gutierrez (20 goals, 11 assists), Jovanny Aceves (13 goals, six assists), Victor Moreno (12 goals, eight assists) and Aaron Rivera (11 goals, six assists), as well as goalkeeper Jonathan Rosales.

As a program, the Chargers have never won a state championship in soccer, but have taken second once (1997), third place three times (1989, 1999 and 2008) and fourth place two other times (1984 and 2004).

The Chargers take a 19-game winning streak into the game.