Lincoln-Way athletes prepare for PepsiCo Showdown with life-size photoshoot
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

On July 26, Lincoln-Way seniors Victor Gudino, Joel Seielstad, and Ezequiel Medellin attended the life-size player poster shoot at Lyons Township High School. The event featured top soccer players from Chicagoland area high schools and offered professional photographs of each athlete. The photos will be printed onto life-size posters and hung throughout the 13th annual event, which kicks off on September 10.

Between the three Lincoln-Way players is nearly 30 years of experience in soccer. While Medellin and Seielstad have been playing since the age of four, Gudino, a senior at East, only began his soccer career six years ago. Regardless of what some may consider a late start in such a competitive sport, Gudinos participation in the photoshoot proves that his hard work and talent have paid off. It was fun to be selected. We have a really good team this year, he says.

Medellin, a senior at Lincoln-Way West, has been playing soccer for most of his life and has recently begun thinking about college options. Medellin knows that hell definitely continue playing beyond high school. He says, Im very excited for my senior year. Like everyone says, high school flashes before your eyes. Im looking forward to the season.

In addition to the excitement surrounding his final year at Lincoln-Way East, senior Joel Seielstad looks forward to the new season, the PepsiCo Showdown tournament, and his new teammates. Im definitely excited to be playing soccer with all the kids coming from North. During summer league, we were able to meet a bunch of them, and Im just excited about playing with those guys. I think its going to be a really good season.

The PepsiCo Showdown is the largest high school soccer tournament in the nation. Beginning September 10, the event will host Chicagoland high school soccer teams in a single-elimination tournament. Lincoln-Way players have been busy participating in summer leagues throughout break and look forward to competing. The players have been told they can keep the posters of themselves once the tournament ends - a life-size souvenir of their Lincoln-Way soccer days.