This season has been nothing short of monumental for the Monmouth-Roseville soccer team.

Led by a tight-knit group of seniors and driven by a will to win, the Titans have spent the last month matching and surpassing program records at almost every turn on their journey to the Class 1A state finals.

They escaped a loaded sectional field in Mendota to earn the program’s first sectional plaque last weekend, then downed a high-powered Urbana U-High side on Tuesday with a 5-2 rout at the Peoria Christian Supersectional.

A successful program with more than a decade between it and it’s last losing season, Monmouth-Roseville is seizing the opportunity and thinking big in its first trip to state.

“We have had good individuals who set scoring records and are playing at the next level, but this team is the best whole team we have ever had,” said longtime M-R coach Aaron Sikorski, whose team will face Elgin St. Edward at 7 p.m. Friday in the second of two semifinals at EastSide Centre.

“We find scoring from all over the field and work together extremely well.”

A large group of seniors who have been playing together since their youth forms the core of this Titans team, which has made a habit of torturing defenses and frustrating opposing offenses.

“Having 14 seniors makes a big difference,” Sikorski said. “We’ve got a good mixture of experience and skill. … They’ve been playing together since 2nd or 3rd grade. That dynamic makes them strong.”

Gilberto Vazquez leads the team with 24 goals, while Erick Suarez handles the midfield.

“Erick is our man in the middle,” Sikorski said. “He has 23 assists, which is a school record for one season. … He helps our offense flow.”

The defense is cemented by Alan Ayala and Robert Lian, who Sikorski said usually draws the toughest assignment on the field.

Odds are one of the two will be tasked with marking Elgin St. Edward striker AJ Franklin, who is two goals shy of tying the state record after netting his 69th in a 2-1 supersectional win over Chicago F.W. Parker.

Despite the daunting task ahead of them that is the 26-1 Green Wave, the Titans didn’t come this far just to be a spectator.

“We have run a gauntlet in this postseason run,” Sikorski said. “It seems that every team we’ve faced is having a career season with top level players. Each step has gotten tougher. We respect everyone that we have played and have yet to play.”

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