New name means charter school soccer team can play in postseason – Chicago Tribune

The boys soccer team at UNO Soccer Academy, a charter high school on Chicago’s Southwest Side, tore through its schedule last year, kindling hopes of a deep run in the state playoffs. But the team’s season ended before the playoffs even began.

The reason came down to two words.

The Illinois High School Association determined that having “soccer academy” in the school’s name could unfairly attract gifted athletes — an enticement that, even if unintentional, would violate rules against recruiting.

So with a new season underway, UNO Soccer Academy is no more. It has changed its name to Soto High School in honor of Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher slain at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.


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