Maroons Soccer Fights to the End


Senior forward Emmanuel Komba takes the ball from an opposing Centennial Charger. Photo: News-Gazette

The Maroons boys soccer team started their season with an amazing upset over the then-nationally ranked Peoria Notre Dame. Initially written off as a loss, many fans were surprised when the Maroons pulled off a 2-1 victory against the 2012 State champions.

Riding this wave of momentum,the Maroons beat Urbana University High School their next game, and ended the season with an overall record of 14 wins, 4 losses, and 3 draws. Led by 11 seniors, including 4-year varsity starter Emmanuel Komba, co-captain Riley Kemper, and co-captain Juan Garcia, the Maroons had one of their best seasons to date. Senior forward Alex Zarco also led the team in goals scored, with over 20 goals by the end of the season.

Coming into the season, the Maroons were under a lot of pressure. The team was expected to be the culmination of effort from the past four years. with the current varsity team consisting of a team that had mostly played together since freshman year. Most of the seniors had started their soccer season off playing together on the Junior Varsity team, and went through the victories and defeats as a team. Although they fell short at Regionals, they still had a great season to remember.

At the first game of Regionals, the Maroons beat the Centennial Chargers 2-0, with goals from Komba and Garcia, before falling to Danville 1-2 in a heartbreaking loss at the Regional finals. With all three goals scored within the last seventeen minutes of the game, it was an emotionally intense ending for the Maroons soccer team. Losing eleven varsity players, the remaining underclassmen have big shoes to fill, a responsibility they are more than ready to take.

2A BSOC Reggional Championship

Senior defender Riley Kemper shares a emotional embrace with Danville’s goalkeeper, Cameron Griffin. Photo: News-Gazette



















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