Boys soccer team wins state semifinal, moves on to finals


Jimmy Dalton

Senior Nathan Kwon attacks upfield in Naperville Central’s victory over Naperville North in their IHSA Boys’ Soccer Sectional final match on Oct. 29.

Jay Deegan and Jase Nuesser

Naperville Central’s varsity boys’ soccer team beat Stevenson High School 5-0 on Nov. 4 in the IHSA State Semifinals. 

With the win, the team moves on to the State Championship on Nov. 5.

Central has made four boys’ soccer State Final appearances in its history without winning a championship. The last appearance was in 2013.

“5-0 in the state semifinals, can’t be mad at that any day,” team captain Patrick Berryman said.

Three of Central’s goals were scored by senior Sean O’Reilly. Seniors Joseph LoDuca and Nathan Kwon scored a goal each.

“I thought Josh played unbelievable today,” said Troy Adams, boys’ soccer Head Coach. “He was all over the field. Sean had some really nice finishes.”

Freshman Chase Adams also helped bring home the victory offering two assists to the five goals.

“We talked about preventing them from getting the ball wide and the spaces that were very dangerous from what we saw on film,” Troy Adams said. “And we did a good job. We’ve stressed the ability to finish in front of the goal and we read a pretty good clip today. And when you do that, you get good results.”

Central will face Romeoville High School in the State Championship at Hoffman Estates High School on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.

“If we give another solid 80 minutes like we gave today, we’ll definitely be able to take it home,” Berryman said.