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Mendota 1A Sectional at a glance:

Team to beat: Princeton (17-3-5).

Pairings: Wednesday — Match 1: Mendota (9-11-2) vs. Princeton, 4:30 p.m. Match 2: Macomb (12-5-1) vs. Somonauk (20-2), 6 p.m. Saturday — Title: Winners 1-2, 6 p.m.

BCR Insider: Princeton won its second straight regional title, blasting Wilmington 5-0. The Tigers don’t want a repeat of its sectional appearance at Mendota, however, when it lost to Hinckley-Big Rock. PHS has never won a soccer sectional in school history. ... To be better prepared for the faster balls on the artificial turf at Mendota, coach Jason Bird will have his team work indoors this week to speed up their reaction time. ... Senior Tyler Marvin leads the Tigers with 31 goals with classmate Dylan Schaefer contributing 25 goals and 23 assists… The host Trojans punched their ticket home with a 2-0 win over Earlville/Leland at the Shabbona Regional. It was the Trojans’ first regional championship since 2003. … Macomb derailed Peoria Christian for the third postseason in a row, defeating the Chargers 2-1 by penalty kicks in their own regional. The Bombers, the defending sectional champion, are leading a charmed life in the postseason, scoring their second straight penalty kick shootout. PC outshot the Bombers 18-8. … Somonauk finally got past Little Ten rival Hinckley-Big Rock, defeating the host Royals 2-0. The Bobcats had been shut out by HBR in each of the past two regional finals despite defeating the Royals in the regular season. Somonauk rides a 15-match win streak, 10 of which came via a shutout, and now has tied a school record for 14 shutouts this season.

BCR pick: Princeton over Somonauk.

Next: Go to the Peoria Super-Sectional at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 vs. the Genoa-Kingston Sectional winner.

— Kevin Hieronymus


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