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Soccer

Prep roundup: St. Charles East boys soccer team rolls past East Aurora

ST. CHARLES – Six different players tallied for the St. Charles East boys soccer team Wednesday as the Saints rolled past East Aurora, 6-1, to claim the Upstate Eight Conference championship crossover.

The UEC River Division champion Saints (16-2-1) had knocked off the eventual Valley champion Tomcats, 5-1, in their Aug. 21 season opener.

“Pretty good game tonight,” Saints coach Paul Jennison said. “Both teams like to play, and obviously it was great for our boys to be crowned as the overall conference champion.”

East led, 2-0, at halftime on the strength of goals from TC Hull and Eric Dietrich. After East Aurora scored in the opening minutes after intermission, the Saints responded with a four-goal barrage that started with scores from Brandon Villanueva and Taylor Ortiz.

The Saints finished 10-0 at Norris Stadium this season and enter as the top seed at next week’s Class 3A Wheaton North Regional. The Saints are set to face the winner of an opening-round game between Proviso West and Wheaton North in a regional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“It seems as though it’s been a long time coming, but we’re really looking forward to getting started,” Jennison said. “Either way, it’s going to be tough competition. There’s going to be no complaints from us. We’re just going to go in there and play our game and work as hard as we have been.”

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