The Stephen T. Mather High School boys soccer team on Saturday accomplished what no other Chicago Public Schools soccer team had done in 38 years – winning an Illinois High School Association championship. Mather defeated Chatham Glenwood 6-0 to capture the IHSA’s 2A title in a match played at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort.
Qudus Lawal tallied a state title-game record four goals in the victory. The game took place before a sporting and supportive crowd from Mather, which brought seven busloads of students and backers to the match.
The title ends a remarkable season for Mather, which boasts a diverse roster of players from a variety of world nations. The team is coached by Branko Cvijovic, who used his players’ love of soccer and blend of speed, skill and creativity in a successful run to the state title.
“Team sports teaches many valuable life lessons such as the importance of hard work, dedication and purpose, the need to communicate, responsibility to others and teamwork,” said CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “The Mather High School soccer team is a unique team in many ways. Its players come from several countries and speak different native tongues, but they understand the value of teamwork in order to succeed.”
Congratulations to the Mather Rangers, Illinois State 2A boys soccer champions for 2011.
Read the Chicago Sun-Times story on Mather’s championship here .
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