Bulls Prep Soccer Makes History

Bulls Prep: 5 Time Defending Noble Athletic Conference Champions

Bulls Prep: 5 time defending Noble Athletic Conference champions

Video:  Noble Athletic Conference Soccer Championship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi3tHQg7xGA

Chicago, IL - Bulls Prep was inches away.  After capturing an unprecedented 5th consecutive Noble Athletic Conference championship, a young Bulls Prep – all but one starter returns next year - stampeded to an IHSA Regional title, then fell one overtime penalty kick short of defeating mighty Mount Carmel in the Sectional Championship.  A week later, Mount Carmel would be runner-up to Chicago Latin in the 2A State Championship game.  With nearly the entire team returning, Bulls Prep - and the Noble Athletic Conference - are legitimate contenders for a 2017 state championship run.

As Sectional Runner-Up, Bulls Prep finishes 2016 as one of the top 16 teams in Illinois 2A.  Outsiders may have been surprised, but NAC coaches – especially Bulls Prep’s Tyson Kane - were not.  Said Kane, “We put ourselves in a position to win (against Mount Carmel), and there's no doubt in my mind that our team was top 10 in the state this year.  We will be stronger next year and with more experience, so we expect to be back with the same opportunity.  We're not afraid of work and we love the competition.  Great lesson learned that we're capable.”

The continuous growth of soccer in the Noble Athletic Conference and a strong non-conference schedule prepared Bulls Prep for their historic run.   During the regular season, Bulls Prep won a prestigious tournament - the Hononegan Indian Cup – by upsetting perennial Chicagoland Soccer top 25 opponent, Streamwood, in the final.  On the way to their 5th straight NAC tournament championship, the Bulls actually finished second to Speer Academy in the regular season.  Bulls Prep would avenge an earlier loss to Speer Academy, defeating them 4-2 on their home field for the Noble championship.   The young Bulls suffered two early conference losses before closing out the season on an 11 game winning streak.  “The difference for us was consistency in our discipline both on and off the field.  We knew and bet that we could deliver on our game plan by having the discipline to do the small things well and just outwork other teams on these values,” said Coach Kane.

Said Kane on the Bulls Prep soccer community:  “We just really appreciate the support from all of our families and fans.  They traveled far and wide to see this team play over many years, and it's their dedication that is responsible for our success.   Our guys would be nothing without the love and dedication of their parents and siblings.  Very thankful for the support and love of our families who have made this team what it is.”

Bulls Prep finished 15-3 and defeated Muchin, Nazareth Academy, and Farrugut on the way to its first Regional Championship.