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PREP SOCCER SCOREBOARD

FRIDAY’S CLASS 3A STATE SEMIFINALS

(At Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort)

5 p.m. — Warren (19-5-3) vs. Sandburg (18-5-3)

7 p.m. — Stevenson (18-4-1) vs. Naperville Central (22-1-0)

Sandburg Eagles

6 shutouts in last 7 games

Losses are to Waubonsie Valley, Naperville Central, St. Ignatius, Hinsdale Central & Lincoln-Way East

Leading scorers are No. 24 Zack Biel (24 goals) and No. 25 Kevin Kroll (15 goals)

Warren Blue Devils

School’s only state championship in a team sport going into this weekend was a title by the school’s poms/dance team

Team showed no evidence it had this kind of tournament run in it, going 2-2-2 in final six regular-season games.

Stevenson Patriots

16 shutouts in 23 games

Has won 9 times this season by a 1-0 score

Naperville Central Redskins

Finished second in last year’s state tournament

6 shutouts in last seven games.

Updated: December 3, 2012 6:17AM



If the numbers aren’t lying — and we happen to think they’re not — then it’s hard to argue with the statement that the North Suburban Conference Lake Division is the best soccer league in the entire state.

This weekend at Lincoln-Way North High School in faraway Frankfort, two of the NSC Lake’s seven members — Warren and Stevenson — will be in action.

And it’s not hard to imagine a state-championship game on Saturday featuring division rivals vying for the huge trophy.

If you’re scoring at home, this is the fourth straight year that the NSC Lake has had a team qualify for the Final Four.

Lake Zurich made it in 2009, Libertyville in 2010, Warren in 2011, and now both Warren and Stevenson.

That’s four different NSC Lake teams at state in a seven-team division.

This year, by the way, Stevenson and Warren played twice, with each winning once.

Warren will face Sandburg from the south suburbs at 5 o’clock Friday, and Stevenson will take on Naperville Central at 7.

Here’s a statistic that shows just how competitive the NSC Lake really is:

In the last three years, four NSC Lake teams have qualified for the Final Four playoffs, and yet none of the four qualifiers won the North Suburban Conference championship.

When Libertyville went downstate in 2010, Warren won the league. When Warren went downstate in 2011, Lake Forest won the league. And this year, Libertyville won the league, not Stevenson or Warren.

Naperville Central, second in state last year, is the favorite going in, but as always, anything can happen.



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