Soccer STL http://soccerstl.net Club, College & HS Soccer Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:57:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 60th Annual CYC/Guelker Tournament – Meyer Division http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/22/60th-annual-cyc-guelker-tournament-meyer-division/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/22/60th-annual-cyc-guelker-tournament-meyer-division/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:20:39 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146566 2014-08-26 Oakville Tigers tie 1-1 at Parkway West Longhorns in HS soccer
The 60th Annual CYC/Bob Guelker Tournament will be held the Monday, September 22nd through Saturday, September 27th. This years tournament features 41 teams competing in 3 different divisions.

The Msgr. Louis Meyer Division represents the large schools in the region. Teams include: Belleville West, CBC, Chaminade, Collinsville, Duchesne, Howell Central, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Oakville, O’Fallon, Parkway West, Rock Bridge, SLUH, St. Marys, Trinity, Webster Groves. Meyer Division Schedule updated 9-8-14

The teams will compete in four divisions, providing for group play at the beginning of the week. A single Division champion will then advance to the Semifinals on Friday with the Final on Saturday evening. The Divisions are identified below with tables tracking their results during the week. I’ll add game detail as it’s available.

The games are being played at St. Louis Soccer Park except for a few exceptions – a pair of games Tuesday at SLUH and a single game Thursday at Chaminade and at CBC. The Home Team is listed first. The Point system is detailed at the bottom of this post.

Division A
School Mon Wed Thu Points Finish
Chaminade
Howell Central
Lindbergh
Parkway West

Mon 4:15 pm: Chaminade vs Parkway West
Mon 4:15 pm: Howell Central vs Lindbergh
Wed 6:00 pm: Lindbergh vs Chaminade
Wed 6:00 pm: Parkway West vs Howell Central
Thu 4:30 pm: Chaminade vs Howell Central (at Chaminade)
Thu 7:45 pm: Lindbergh vs Parkway West

Division B
School Mon Tue Thu Points Finish
Mehlville
O'Fallon
CBC
Duchesne

Mon 7:45 pm: O’Fallon vs CBC
Mon 7:45 pm: Mehlville vs Duchesne
Tue 4:15 pm: CBC vs Mehlville
Tue 4:15 pm: Duchesne vs O’Fallon
Thu 6:00 pm: CBC vs Duchesne (at CBC)
Thu 6:00 pm: Mehlville vs O’Fallon

Division C
School Mon Tue Wed Points Finish
St. Marys
Collinsville
Webster Groves
Rock Bridge

Mon 6:00 pm: Rock Bridge vs Collinsville
Mon 6:00 pm: Webster Groves vs St. Marys
Tue 6:45 pm: Webster Groves vs Rock Bridge (at SLUH)
Tue 7:45 pm: St. Mary vs Collinsville
Wed 4:15 pm: Collinsville vs Webster Groves
Wed 4:15 pm: Rock Bridge vs St. Marys

Division D
School Tue Wed Thu Points Finish
Belleville West
Kirkwood
Oakville
SLUH

Tue 5:00 pm: Kirkwood vs SLUH (at SLUH)
Tue 6:00 pm: Oakville vs Belleville West
Wed 7:45 pm: SLUH vs Oakville
Wed 7:45 pm: Belleville West vs Kirkwood
Thu 4:15 pm: SLUH vs Belleville West
Thu 4:15 pm: Oakville vs Kirkwood

Point System
4 pts for a Win
2 pts for a Tie
1 pt for a Shutout

Tie Breakers
Head to head results
Goal Differential (max 4 per game)
Least amount of goals allowed
Most Shutouts
Penalty Kicks

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60th Annual CYC/Guelker Tournament – Walsh Division http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/22/60th-annual-cycguelker-tournament-walsh-division/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/22/60th-annual-cycguelker-tournament-walsh-division/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:15:06 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146571 brendan-goodwin-trinity-soccer
The 60th Annual CYC/Bob Guelker Tournament will be held the Monday, September 22nd through Saturday, September 27th. This years tournament features 41 teams competing in 3 different divisions.

The Msgr. Larry Walsh Division includes the following Teams: Alton Marquette Explorers, Clayton, Columbia, Fort Zumwalt North, Granite City, Kennedy, Ladue, Pattonville, Timberland, Triad, Trinity and Waterloo. Walsh Division Schedule updated 8-26-14

The teams will compete in three divisions, providing for group play at the beginning of the week. The semifinals will be contested between 1st Place Pool A vs Best 2nd place team among the three Divisions. The second semifinal game is 1st Place Pool B vs 1st Place Pool C.

The Divisions are identified below with tables tracking their results during the week. I’ll add game detail as it’s available.

The games are being played at multiple locations from Columbia IL to Chesterfield. The semifinals and Final will be played at St. Louis Soccer Park Friday and Saturday. The Home Team is listed first. The Point system is detailed at the bottom of this post.

Note – I’ll have schedules by Division added to this report by lunch time today

Division A
School Mon Wed Thu Points Finish
Timberland Wolves
Clayton Greyhound
Trinity Titans
Marquette Explorers

9-22 Alton Telegraph talks to Alton Marquette Head Coach Jeremy Sanfilippo who looks to do well in the round-robin stage

Division B
School Mon Tue Thu Points Finish
Columbia
Pattonville
Ft Zumwalt North
Triad
Division C
School Mon Tue Wed Points Finish
Kennedy
Granite City
Ladue
Waterloo

Point System
4 pts for a Win
2 pts for a Tie
1 pt for a Shutout

Tie Breakers
Head to head results
Goal Differential (max 4 per game)
Least amount of goals allowed
Most Shutouts
Penalty Kicks

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60th Annual CYC/Guelker Tournament – Sullivan Division http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/22/60th-annual-cycguelker-tournament-sullivan-division/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/22/60th-annual-cycguelker-tournament-sullivan-division/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:47 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146574 The 60th Annual CYC/Bob Guelker Tournament will be held the Monday, September 22nd through Saturday, September 27th. This years tournament features 41 teams competing in 3 different divisions.

Msgr. Lloyd Sullivan Division – Teams in this division are: Affton, Bayless, Bethalto (Civic Memorial), Bishop DuBourg, Fox Warriors, Highland, Lutheran South, Mascoutah, Northwest, Seckman, St. Clair, St. Pius, and Washington. Sullivan Division Schedule updated 9-8-14

The teams will compete in three divisions, providing for group play at the beginning of the week. The semifinals will be contested between 1st Place Pool A vs Best 2nd place team among the three Divisions. The second semifinal game is 1st Place Pool B vs 1st Place Pool C.

The Divisions are identified below with tables tracking their results during the week. I’ll add game detail as it’s available.

The games are being played at multiple locations from Florissant to Imperial. The semifinals and Final will be played at St. Louis Soccer Park Friday and Saturday. The Home Team is listed first. The Point system is detailed at the bottom of this post.

Division A
School Gm1 Gm2 Gm3 Points Finish
Seckman
St Pius
Fox
Bishop DuBourg
Bethalto Civic Memorial

9-22 Alton Telegraph talks to Bethalto Civic Memorial about CYC

Mon 7:45pm: Bethalto vs St. Pius at Eagan Ctr
Tue 4:00pm: Bishop DuBourg vs Fox at DuBourg
Tue 6:00pm: Lutheran South vs Northwest at Lutheran South
Tue 6:15pm: Seckman vs Bethalto at Seckman
Wed 4:30pm: Fox vs Bethalto at Seckman
Wed 6:15pm: Seckman vs St. Pius at Seckman
Thu 4:30pm: St. Pius vs Fox at Seckman
Thu 6:15pm: Bishop DuBourg vs Seckman at Seckman

Division B
School Gm1 Gm2 Gm3 Points Finish
Northwest
Lutheran South
St. Clair
Mascoutah

Mon 4:15pm: St. Clair vs Lutheran South at Affton
Tue 4:15pm: Mascoutah vs St. Clair at Lutheran South
Tue 6:00pm: Lutheran South vs Northwest at Lutheran South
Wed 4:15pm: Northwest vs Mascoutah at Affton
Thu 5:00pm: Lutheran South vs Mascoutah at Northwest
Thu 7:00pm: Northwest vs St. Clair at Northwest

Division C
School Gm1 Gm2 Gm3 Points Finish
Bayless
Affton
Highland
Washington

Mon 4:15pm: Bayless vs Washington at Bayless
Mon 6:30pm: Affton vs Highland at Affton
Tue 4:15pm: Bayless vs Highland at Bayless
Wed 6:30pm: Washington vs Affton at Affton
Thu 4:15pm: Highland vs Washington at Affton
Thu 6:30pm: Affton vs Bayless at Affton

Point System
4 pts for a Win
2 pts for a Tie
1 pt for a Shutout

Tie Breakers
Head to head results
Goal Differential (max 4 per game)
Least amount of goals allowed
Most Shutouts
Penalty Kicks

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MCC Minute – CYC Week http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/21/mcc-minute-cyc-week/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/21/mcc-minute-cyc-week/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:04:49 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146582
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Jake Meyerkord, CBC Cadets


While it was unusual to see Chaminade complete their conference schedule halfway into the season (most years they finish in late October, just prior to district playoffs), it was good to see the MCC squads compete against other area teams prior to next week’s CYC Tournament. Here’s the week’s recap:

SLUH – the Jr. Bills hosted Webster Groves on Monday and pulled away with a 2-1 hard fought victory, with goals from Clark Conway and Joe Jasso; on Wednesday they hosted Vianney in an MCC battle and came up short in a 2-1 loss (goal by Elias Asres); Saturday vs. St. Dominic the Jr. Bills controlled play in a 5-1 victory, with goals by Clark Conway, Elliot Boerding, Matt Jansen, Will Delaroche and Miles Horton.

Vianney – the Golden Griffins, after sporting a loss to SLUH in last week’s CBC Tournament, returned the favor with goals from Jack Gallo and Anthony Christante in a 2-1 win on Wednesday at SLUH; Saturday provided more MCC action with Golden Griffins hosting Chaminade in a 3-1 loss, with a goal by Patrick Dolan.

CBC – the Cadets traveled to St. Dominic on Monday and controlled play in a 3-1 victory, on goals by Niko Karidis, Jake Bell and Joey Dokay; Wednesday they headed to the Illinois side and defeated Granite City 1-0, with the goal from Jake Stumpf and the shutout from John Huber.

Chaminade – Collinsville visited on Wednesday and came up on the short end of a 5-2 defeat, as the Red Devils received a hat trick from Kenny Massa along with goals by Tyler Huse and Jeremy Schneider; Thursday the Red Devils hosted Desmet in MCC action and finished in a 1-1 draw after two OTs (called due to darkness), on a goal by Kenny Massa. Saturday they traveled to Vianney and clinched at least a tie for the MCC championship with a 3-1 victory, with goals from Tyler Huse, Jake Pesek and AJ Anthon. The Red Devils finished their conference season with a 3-0-1 record and await the remaining MCC matches.

Desmet – on Monday the Spartans hosted Priory and came up short in a 3-2 defeat (goals by Dan Walters & Matt Yankowitz). They bounced back on Wednesday hosting John Burroughs with a 1-0 victory, on a goal by Nick Hansen and shutout by Ben Yeager; Thursday at Chaminade the Spartans defense held strong in a 1-1 tie, with a goal from Callahan Riley with four minutes remaining in regulation.

While 3 teams are participating the CYC St. Louis Soccer Tournament at the Soccer Park this week, here’s a rundown of all their matches:
CBC – CYC Tournament – Monday vs. O’Fallon; Tuesday vs. Mehlville; Thursday vs. Duchesne (at CBC)
Chaminade – CYC Tournament – Monday vs. Parkway West; Wednesday vs. Lindbergh; Thursday vs. Howell Central (at Chaminade)
SLUH – CYC Tournament – Tuesday vs. Kirkwood (at SLUH); Wednesday vs. Oakville; Thursday vs. Belleville West
Semi-Finals for the CYC Tournament are Friday at 6 & 8PM; Finals are Saturday at 8PM at the Soccer Park in Fenton
Desmet – Tuesday vs. Vianney; Friday at St. Viator (IL); Saturday at Loyola (IL) Academy
Vianney – Tuesday at Desmet

Here are some of the latest local and regional rankings:
STLToday.com (9/18/14)
1. Chaminade; 3. SLUH; 4. CBC; 5. Vianney

NSCAA.com – Region VII (9/16/14)
2. Chaminade; 11. SLUH; 12. Vianney

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Alton Redbirds Capture McCluer Tourney Title http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/20/alton-redbirds-capture-mccluer-tourney-title/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/20/alton-redbirds-capture-mccluer-tourney-title/#respond Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:00:05 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146548 Alton Redbirds win McCluer Tourney title over Lutheran SC 3-1
Alton scored a pair in the first half to give them a margin they wouldn’t relinquish, going on to win the McCluer Tourney title over Lutheran St Charles by a score of 3-1.

The Redbirds have a pair of skilled and attack-minded outside backs in #5 and #10. The first goal, and game-winner, was scored in the 9th minute as #5 finished an uncleared corner kick from just outside the 6yd box. In the 23rd a foul led to a PK buried into the upper left corner by 23.

The Lutheran GK was obviously busy and kept the Cougars close, with a key tip save in the 28th, sending them into halftime down only 0-2.

I’ll finish shortly, at a CYC game.

65 save LHS after 19 run
66 LHS
67 save LHS
68 open net miss by 8 LHS 10 shot
71 A close
74 goal LHS #10 1 time from 35
79 goal A #8 after restart dropped by GK

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Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Poll #2 http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/19/missouri-high-school-soccer-coaches-poll-2-2/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/19/missouri-high-school-soccer-coaches-poll-2-2/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146515 SLUH Jr Billikens get late winner against Vianney at CBC Tourney
The Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) have released their second regular season poll of the season. Let’s take a look at the changes that Four Classes have wrought…

BOYS SOCCER POLL #2
I’m going to throw it up for now, then off to a late match. Back later for some analysis and update showing previous rankings. Except for SLUH’s jump from #8 to #2 following their title at the CBC Tournament.

Class 4
Rank Team Record Points Prev
1 Chaminade 6-0 70 1
2 SLUH 7-2-1 57 8
3 Lee's Summit North 9-1 52
4 Rockhurst 8-3 44
5 Howell Central 7-1-1 33
6 CBC 6-2-3 29
7 Vianney 6-2-1 21
8 Marquette 6-2 16
9 Lee's Summit West 5-2 15
10 Lee's Summit 6-2 14

Others: Park Hill South 9 – Kickapoo 4 – Nixa 4 – Oakville 1

Class 3
Rank Team Record Points Prev
1 Webster Groves (9) 6-2 97
2 St. Dominic 5-4-1 70
3 Priory (1) 5-2-2 65
4 Glendale 5-0 63
5 Harrisonville 8-0 59
6 Summit 7-4 52
7 Ladue 6-2 46
8 St. Mary's 3-3 45
9 Smithville 5-2 26
10 Parkway Central 5-0 10
10 Smith-Cotton 7-1 10

Others – Ft. Zumwalt South 2 – Belton 2 – Pacific 1

Class 2
Rank Team Record Points Prev
1 Springfield Catholic 9-0 71.5
2 Duchesne (3) 6-1-2 71
3 Southern Boone (4) 11-0 70.5
4 St. Pius (Festus) (2) 6-1 66
5 St. Pius (KC) 5-2 33
6 Cape Notre Dame 7-1-1 29
7 Lutheran South 3-5 28
8 John Burroughs 2-5 22
9 O'Hara 7-1 21
10 Moberly 8-1 17

Others: Affton 15 – Lutheran (St. Charles) 13 – Perryville 12 – Fatima 9 – Borgia 9 – Pembroke Hill 6 – St. Charles West 2

Class 1
Rank Team Record Points Prev
1 Barstow (1) 3-7 25
2 Greenwood 4-5 24
3 Sacred Heart (2) 5-3 23
4 Principia (2) 4-2 16
5 Laquey (1) 1-1 12

Others: Saxony Lutheran 10 – Bishop LeBlond (1) 6 – St. Paul Lutheran 5 – Thomas Jefferson 1 – Canton 1

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Howell Wins Parkway Varsity Invitational http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/19/parkway-varsity-invitational/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/19/parkway-varsity-invitational/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:00:45 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146537
Parkway South defeats Rolla in Tournament match

Rico Vieiro, Rolla and Ben Gunning, Parkway South


The PARKWAY INVITATIONAL SOCCER TOURNAMENT will be played Friday September 19 and Saturday September 20. Eight teams, including the four Parkway schools are participating. Additional teams include Francis Howell, Jackson, Cape Notre Dame and Rolla.

The Howell Vikings won the Tournament with a pair of wins, over Parkway South and Parkway North on Saturday, following a tie against Parkway Central Friday. The seven points were matched by Class 2 Cape Notre Dame who earned the points with a tie against Parkway South Friday followed by wins against Parkway Central and Rolla Saturday. Cape got all their goals Saturday from senior Ben Parsons, including a 74th minute game winner against Rolla in their final game of the day Saturday.

Post-game interview with Matt Vollink of Cape Notre Dame available below along with photos of the Rolla vs Parkway South match Saturday.

Parkway West opened with wins Friday over Rolla and Jackson Saturday before being on the wrong end of Parson’s late winner Saturday afternoon. The Longhorns hit the upright in the 77th but will settle for 3rd in the tournament with six points. Parkway Central and Parkway South finished with 1-1-1 records and four points and the Central Colts finish fourth on goal differential.

Trophies for First, Second, & Third place will be awarded based upon a points system. The full schedule can be found below as well as in my St Louis Soccer calendar of Club, College & High School games. I’ll be on hand for the late games Saturday.

FRIDAY
Result Home Visitor Notes
1-1 Parkway Central Francis Howell
1-1 Parkway North Jackson
3-1 Parkway West Rolla Janke for RHS
2-2 Parkway South Cape Notre Dame
SATURDAY
Time/Result Home Visitor Field/Notes
2-1 Cape Notre Dame Parkway Central Brace by Ben Parsons
2-3 Jackson Parkway West
3-2 Francis Howell Parkway South
1-1 Rolla Parkway North Cunningham for RHS
6-4 Parkway Central Jackson
0-1 Parkway West Cape Notre Dame Ben Parsons in 74th min
2-1 Parkway South Rolla
0-4 Parkway North Francis Howell

Interview with Cape Notre Dame Head Coach Matt Volcano

RESULTS
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pt Total
Francis Howell 1-1 3-2 4-0 7 – CHAMPS
Jackson 1-1 2-3 4-6 1
Cape Notre Dame 2-2 2-1 1-0 7 – 2nd Place
Rolla 1-3 1-1 1-2 1
Parkway Central 1-1 1-2 6-4 4 – 4th Place
Parkway North 1-1 1-1 0-4 2
Parkway South 2-2 2-3 2-1 4
Parkway West 3-1 3-2 0-1 6 – 3rd Place

a) 3 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.
b) If two teams are tied with total points, the winner of head to competition, (if the two teams played) will determine the head higher standing.
c) If still tied, winner determined by goal differential (goals for-goals against) in all three tournament games.
d) If still tied, winner will be determined by total goals scored in three tournament games.
e) If still tied, winner will be determined by fewest goals all three tournament games.
f) If still tied, winner will be determined by number of shutouts in all three tournament games.

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Your Doing Stoppage Time Wrong http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/18/your-doing-stoppage-time-wrong/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/18/your-doing-stoppage-time-wrong/#respond Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:19:26 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146530 How Do Referees Add Stoppage Time    YouTube

SoccerSTL correspondent Anders Aarhus (@SportsViking) is now producing a weekly YouTube show he calls Soccer Central. Highly recommended. In the most recent edition, he speaks with Professor Nick Watanabe who teaches Sports Economics and Finance at Mizzou. Watanabe recently published a study on … well, I’ll let them explain it in the video.

I sit down with Nick Watanabe, who did a study on stoppage time awarded by Premier League referees. We’ll tell you why subbing off your captain is smart and reveal the best way to time waste. We’ll also explore the MLS implications of the study.

Here’s the YouTube video. Follow Professor Watanabe at @Watanabe2K

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MLS Introduces New Logo http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/18/mls-introduces-new-logo/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/18/mls-introduces-new-logo/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:05:20 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146523 MLS_crest_breakdown
A new branding effort by Major League Soccer was introduced today. I’ll leave this here without comment… darn, I can’t. So is the blank spot for “Insert Sponsor Logo Here”?

WELCOME TO MLS NEXT
Next. It’s a word that nods to the future with a wink to the past. Next year. The next generation. It reminds us that tomorrow is more important than yesterday and that the best question you can ever ask is: What’s next? At MLS, we’ve been asking What’s next? since the league’s founding nearly 20 years ago. And recently the answers have been exciting and remarkable: new clubs, new stars, new media partnerships, new stadiums, and new fans. It’s all part of what’s next. And it deserves a new brand identity. Welcome to #MLSNEXT.

2015 will mark Major League Soccer’s 20th season. Less a milestone than a starting point, the 2015 season will kick off the next phase of MLS’s evolution, with many exciting, new developments:

New Clubs: New York City FC and Orlando City SC will begin play in MLS in 2015. An expansion club in Atlanta will join in 2017. And David Beckham is continuing to work on his plan for an expansion club in Miami.

New Media Partnerships: MLS will begin new television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX and Univision in the United States. In Canada, we continue to have strong partnerships with TSN and RDS.

New Stadiums: Currently, 15 MLS clubs play in stadiums built or renovated for soccer, and more will debut soon, including San Jose (2015) and Orlando (2016).

New Stars: MLS club owners are making significant investments in world-class players, including Clint Dempsey (Seattle), Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe (Toronto), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Matt Besler and Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (New England), Kaka (Orlando), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia), and David Villa and Frank Lampard (NYCFC).

You can read all the details at MLSsoccer.com/Next. The logo is also created in Club specific versions. I’ve included the Chicago Fire (likely future USL Pro partner locally) and Sporting KC for comparison. More details on the logo design, every Club specific logo and more Q&A are available by following the link.

CHI_avatar-400x400 SKC_avatar-400x400

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Hazelwood West Wins Overtime Battle with McCluer North http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/17/hazelwood-west-wins-overtime-battle-with-mccluer-north/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/09/17/hazelwood-west-wins-overtime-battle-with-mccluer-north/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:38:57 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146516
Hazelwood West wins in 2nd OT on goal by Alex Rutledge

Wildcats celebrate Alex Rutledge (left most uniformed player) golden goal


A North County derby featuring Hazelwood West at McCluer North more than lived up to expectations this evening.

McCluer North scored midway through the first period when senior Joshua Beane, one of sixteen seniors on this years squad, put what appeared to be a 25 yard shot that had the feel of a goal the minute it was struck. A slight curve and it fell away from the GK’s attempt to corral it and the Stars were feeling good. McCluer North had been able to sustain pressure on the Wildcats but the best opportunities were coming from set pieces. Junior Mike Ward was a rock in goal for Hazelwood this afternoon however and would keep the Wildcats close, leading to the win.

PHOTO GALLERY – Hazelwood West at McCluer North

As Star’s Coach Eric Urban noted post-game, his counter-part Jason Sellers won the halftime talk, sending out a fired up group that was in the McN box the first 90 seconds of the half. The objective was achieved when following a corner kick that was cleared to the opposite corner, junior Nore Darwish found senior captain Alex Rutledge open about 25 yards out near the corner of the box. A slip by a defender gave Alex time to place his shot to the far post, tying the game 1-1 in the 42nd minute.

The Wildcats sustained the momentum for the first 20 minutes but were unable to crack the Stars defense, led by junior Jack Boschert and senior captain Jake Boschert in the middle, who’s communication was quite good as you can imagine.

The Stars had their opportunities in the second half, with central midfielder Noah Livaudais working with Beane to generate the attack. Senior Ezzel Hamdan made a great run to beat a defender to the ball and found Livaudais at the top of the box but Ward came up big. Ward also took a pounding as Uvietobo Ewharekuko got into the box several times but not past Ward.

As the game went to overtime, the field opened up as players tired. The Wildcats were better able to exploit that when midway through the second overtime period, Rutledge again found himself with time as the Stars didn’t react to him outside the box as they had earlier in the game. He moved across the top of the box from left to right before turning and sending his shot back to the far side. It was good and the celebration began (see above).

The teams are scheduled to play three more times in the regular season it appears, including next Tuesday in the Stars return to action. A function of the demise of the Suburban North I assume, they’ll become quite familiar. While they used to have the District Tournament available for the final decision point, the new classifications have McCluer North paired with Chaminade, SLUH and Ritenour in District 4. West moves to District 6 where they will have Pattonville (a favorite rivalry for the Wildcats) along with Hazelwood Central and Howell North.

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