Auburn, Jefferson improvements lead RPS boys soccer programs to best year since 1983

Boys soccer wrapped up Thursday night and East, Jefferson and Guilford finished the abbreviated season tied for second with Belvidere North at 6-3.

Throw in the fact that Auburn went 3-6 in conference play and the four Rockford Public Schools soccer programs combined to have their best season since 1983.

For Guilford, 6-3 actually is a bit of a down year. The Vikings won the NIC-10 in 2017 and 2019 under coach Luke Anderson. Guilford, though, started the season with 1-0 losses to Boylan and East before rallying to win six of their last seven.

This was the third straight strong season for East under coach Greg Fiorucci. The E-Rabs have finished second, third and second in the past three seasons.

Jefferson showed marked improvement under coach Fernando Mercado, improving from 7-11-2 last year. Defense was the key. The J-Hawks gave up 58 goals in 20 games in 2019. This season, they outscored their opponents 20-14 in nine games.

Auburn, though, made the biggest leap. In 2019, the Knights were 0-19, giving up 68 goals and scoring just four. This year, Auburn improved too 4-6 overall and 3-6 in the conference under coach Victor Rodriguez. The Knights scored 33 goals on the year, second only to Boylan.

Although this year was particularly strong, boys soccer talent has been a gathering storm since 2011 when the four schools combined to go 6-28-2 in conference play.

RPS Boys Soccer NIC-10 Combined Records
Year W-L-T Win %
2011 6-28-2 17.7%
2012 8-28 22.2%
2013 8-28 22.2%
2014 19-17 52.8%
2015 19-17 52.8%
2016 17-19 47.2%
2017 16-20 44.4%
2018 17-19 47.2%
2019 19-16-1 54.3%
2020 21-15 58.3%

Posted on 04.16.21