Chicago Sun-Times
By Patrick Z. McGavin

October 2011 Archives

There's no other way around it. Crete-Monee's Carlos Posada is a sensation.

He had four more goals and an assist in the Warriors' 7-0 whitewash of U-High Saturday at the Class 2A St. Rita regional final. Posada and the Warriors confront a very good Lemont team on their home field in a sectional semifinal Tuesday.

Posada has already obliterated former Brother Rice star Billy Savarino's IHSA career scoring record. But a significant question is, where does he go from here? Success and accomplishment are measured in different ways, under different contexts. The state's most prolific scorer has been only lightly recruited for the next level.

When I interviewed Posada for a Sun-Times feature recently, he said Lewis University was the only school that showed significant interest. He was hopeful his then developing scoring record would ignite things for his recruiting.

What's the deal? He is not doing this in a vacuum.

"At the college level, a lot of activity occurs in the air, and they don't think Carlos is that kind of player," Crete-Monee coach Julian Lagunas said. "As great as Carlos is, colleges look at his size (5-5) and they have doubts his game is going to translate in college."

Posada said Coastal Carolina called him. Recruiting and semantics are complex, a matter of layers and subtleties, drawing sharp and important distinctions on interest and offers.

It took nearly two decades for Savarino's records to fall. Argue about Crete-Monee's competition all you want, but one thing is unassailable. Posada's name is going to be at the top of that list for a long time.

Public showing: The harsh reality is, outside of basketball, the Public League struggles against elite competition, either the Catholic or private leagues or the suburbs. In the two-class format and the automatic quarterfinal bid, the Public League was especially exposed as out of its depth, especially in the so-called Olympic sports, such as soccer.

Headed by Mather, who appear a legitimate Class 2A state champion contender, the Public League has acquitted itself very well. Five different city teams advanced to the sectional semifinals. The league is guaranteed at least one sectional finalist because Mather and Lake View meet Tuesday in the second game at Ridgewood.

City runner-up Lane lost a 1-0 heartbreaker against host Leyden. The Eagles went undefeated in the prestigious West Suburban Gold and defeated No. 4 Morton. By all indications, the Indians outplayed Leyden but could not break through and score. Coach Andrew Ricks has a strong nucleus, keyed by the dazzling sophomore twin midfielders Sergio and Jose Fuentes.

The Public League has three players, Mather's Qudus Lawal and Steven Younus and Washington's Miseal Martinez, who rate as serious candidates for the all-area team.

These are small though crucial steps, powerfully suggesting the Public League has broken through, psychologically if nothing else. It is a development very much worth watching.

One thing about boys soccer: once it starts, it's over seemingly in the blink of an eye.

We're in the home stretch of the regular season for suburban conference play, the Catholic League and other private schools.

The five-round Public League soccer tournament begins with round robin play Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

Other critical dates: the quarterfinals are on Columbus Day, Oct. 10, at Lane, with matches set to be played at 9 and 11 a.m., followed by an afternoon session for the other bracket, with games scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m, respectively.

The semifinals are 5 and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Lane. The championship match is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m., at the University of Chicago.

As expected, Mather is the top-seed. The Rangers are the only team in the Sun-Times' list of others, the teams unofficially ranked 11-20 in our weekly poll.

In the round robin format, eight groups of three teams will battle for the right to advance to the quarterfinals. There will be no overtime sessions in the early rounds.

The best first day match up appears to be Washington, led by arguably the city's best player, Miseal Martinez, who travel to Little Village.

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