After a matchup with Jacobs on Sept. 23 resulted in a 4-4 tie and then a tilt against Niles West on Sept. 26 also resulted in a draw at 2-2, the Evanston Township High School boys’ soccer team traveled to Burlington, Iowa, to participate in the “Go 4 The Goal Fall Classic” on Sept. 29-30. This was the 13th year for the tournament, and it featured teams from throughout Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Kansas.
In that tournament, the Kits were in bracket C, which featured a total of eight teams. On Sept. 29, the Kits opened tournament play by beating Normal Community (Normal, Illinois) by a score of 4-3. From there, the Kits looked to make it two tournament victories in a row, but unfortunately that was not in the cards as they fell to Rock Island (Rock Island, Illinois) by a tally of 3-2 on Sept. 30. Then in the final round of tournament play, the Kits were edged out by Dunbar (Lexington, Kentucky) by a score of 1-0. With the loss, the Kits finished the tournament in fourth place. The Kits entered the tournament with an overall record of 8-2-3. But after going 1-2 in the Classic, they headed home with a record of 9-4-3.
Next up, the Kits were set to take on Maine South on Oct. 3 followed by the CSL Crossover game on Oct. 5. From there, the Kits take on Deerfield on Oct. 7 then Stevenson on Oct. 12 to finish the regular season. After the Kits wrap up the regular season, they open the IHSA State playoffs on Oct. 18.
The Kits are the No.3 seed in the 18-team New Trier Sectional field. Two Central Suburban League Conference foes took the top two spots as New Trier is the No. 2 seed and Glenbrook North nabbed the top spot. The Kits are scheduled to face off against No. 14 Prospect as part of the IHSA Class 3A Evanston Regional at Lazier Field in Evanston. Should the Kits win that game, they would take on the winner of Niles West and Loyola Academy on Oct. 21. The New Trier Sectional round begins on Oct. 25 should the Kits capture the Regional title and advance to that round.
Heading into the playoffs, the kits have won five straight Regional titles. If all goes to plan, look for the Kits to be in position to capture a sixth straight Regional title.