Soccer STL Club, College & HS Soccer Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:15:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Matt Moran POY in Class 2 St. Louis/SE Region Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:15:56 +0000
A shot by Notre Dame's Joshua Haggerty is blocked by Perryville's Matthew Moran, as Luke Schlichting and goalie Luke Dobbelare ©

A shot by Notre Dame’s Joshua Haggerty is blocked by Perryville’s Matthew Moran, as Luke Schlichting and goalie Luke Dobbelare ©

Matt Moran has been named the Player of the Year in the Class 2 All-Region Team for St Louis and Southeast Missouri. Recognition for Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA). Photo via

Perryville captured their first State Championship, advancing past John Burroughs in the Quarterfinals. Bayless and Lutheran South were the other District Champions.

Player of the Year: Matt Moran, Perryville
Offensive Player of the Year: Luke Schlichting, Perryville
Defensive Player of the Year: Collin Stief, Perryville
Goalkeeper of the Year: Luke Dobblelare, Perryville

Coach of the Year – Jerry Fulton, Perryville and Alan Trzecki, Burroughs

First Team
Player School Year Position
Adi Mahmutovic Affton Sr F
Irfan Husic Bayless Sr F
Cooper Carney Lutheran South Sr F
Benjamin Parsons Notre Dame (Cape) Sr F
Luke Schlichting Perryville Sr F
Eann Bergman Perryville Jr F
Dan Barton St. Puis X Festus Sr F
Mitchell Dohle Affton Sr MF
Armin Mehic Bayless Sr MF
Noah Leindecker Bishop DuBourg Jr MF
Sachit Bhat John Burroughs Sr MF
Nick Trzecki John Burroughs Sr MF
Sean Cooney Lutheran South Sr MF
Mitch Walden Lutheran South Jr MF
Blake Bauwens Notre Dame (Cape) So MF
Matt Moran Perryville Sr MF
Luke Bandy St. Puis X Festus Sr MF
Cameron Tucker St. Puis X Festus Sr MF
Sean Fitzgerald Bishop DuBourg Sr D
John Fennewald Notre Dame (Cape) Sr D
Thomas Seibert Notre Dame (Cape) Sr D
Collin Stief Perryville Sr D
T.J. Chulick Whitfield Sr D
Sam Bell Whitfield Jr D
Nick O'Brien John Burroughs Jr GK
Matt Essermann John F. Kennedy Sr GK
Dan Wangler Lutheran South Sr GK
Thomas Himmelberg Notre Dame (Cape) Sr GK
Luke Dobblelare Perryville Sr GK
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Jacob Moore POY in Class 2 Central Missouri Soccer Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:01:28 +0000

Jacob Moore, SoBoCo attacks

Jacob Moore is recognized as the Player of the Year for the 2014 Central All-Region Team for Class 2. Recognition for Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA).

Southern Boone reached the Quarterfinals this year, falling to Springfield Cathoic in overtime. Fatima was the other District winner.

Player of the Year: Jacob Moore, Southern Boone
Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Drew, Booneville
Defensive Player of the Year: Travis Knierim and Jake Salmons, Southern Boone
Goalkeeper of the Year: Isaac Wren, Southern Boone

Coach of the Year – Chris Miller

First Team
Player School Year Position
Travis Knierim Southern Boone Jr D
Jake Salmons Southern Boone Sr D
Tyler Drew Boonville Sr F
Evan Schulte Fatima Sr F
Austin Wilson Fulton Sr F
Ian Meentemyer Southern Boone Jr F
Kaleb Bauer Fatima Sr F
Isaac Wren Southern Boone Sr GK
Justin Bax Fatima Sr GK
Tanner Helms Southern Boone Sr MF
David Lazzari Fulton Sr MF
Kevin Wallace Fulton Sr MF
Jared Edler Boonville Sr MF
Jacob Moore Southern Boone Sr MF/F
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Kyle Setchfield POY of Class 4 St. Louis West Region Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:24:27 +0000
Howell Central Advances to Missouri Final Four

Kyle Setchfield, Howell Central Spartans

The 2014 All-Region Team for Class 4 schools in Districts 5-8 has been announced. Recognition for Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA).

Howell Central finished third at State after defeating Marquette in the Quarterfinal. Hazelwood West and Timberland were the other District Champions.

Player of the Year: Kyle Setchfield, Howell Central
Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Phillips, Troy
Defensive Player of the Year: Matt Wagoner, Marquette
Goalkeeper of the Year: Chase Webert, Howell Central

Coach of the Year – Derek Phillips, Howell Central

First Team
Player School Year Position
Chase Webert Howell Central Sr GK
Danny Wright Zumwalt West Jr D
Jack Kilz Timberland Sr D
Matt Wagoner Marquette Sr D
Brett Freesmeier Howell Sr D
Trystin Nance Hazelwood Central Sr D
Micah Evans Pattonville Jr D
Alex Rutledge Hazelwood West Sr D
John Russo DeSmet Sr D
Joel Jenkins Howell Jr MF
Ryan Grantham Howell Sr MF
Jardon Crawford Hazelwood Central Sr MF
Josh Phillips Troy Sr MF
Tyler Lewis Troy Sr MF
Ryan Hutson Howell Central Sr MF
Nick Hanson DeSmet Sr MF
Josh Stinson Howell Central Sr MF
Dillon Dorris Hazelwood West Jr MF
Kyle Setchfield Howell Central Jr F
Jacob Krupp Marquette Sr F
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Jake Pesek Player of Year for St Louis Class 4 SE Region Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:04:30 +0000
Chaminade Shuts Out Howell Central to Advance to CYC Soccer Semifinals

Jake Pesek, Chaminade

The 2014 All-Region Team for Class 4 schools in Districts 1-4 has been announced. Recognition for Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA).

Chaminade finished second in State this season, defeating Mehlville in the Quarterfinal. Northwest and Vianney were the other two District Champions.

Player of the Year: Jake Pesek, Chaminade
Offensive Player of the Year: Kenny Massa, Chaminade
Defensive Player of the Year: Tim Steele, Chaminade
Goalkeeper of the Year: Albert Reinwart, SLUH

Coach of the Year: Mike Gauvain

First Team
Player School Year Position
Blake Jerger Northwest Sr. GK
Albert Reinwart SLUH Sr. GK
Preston Arnold Jackson Sr. MF
Mitchell Lacy Northwest Sr. MF
Sean Michel Vianney Jr. MF
Alec Roussin Vianney Sr. MF
Abdullah Jahic Mehlville Jr. MF
Kenan Selimovic Mehlville Sr. MF
Jake Pesek Chaminade Sr. MF
Ryan Ebert Chaminade Sr. MF
Noah Livaudais McCluer North Sr. MF
Efe Osaghae McCluer North Jr. MF
Anthony Christante Vianney Sr. F
Clark Conway SLUH Sr. F
Elliot Boedering SLUH Sr. F
Anel Jakupovic Mehlville So. F
Kenny Massa Chaminade Sr. F
Thomas Hutcheson Oakville Sr. F
Tim Steele Chaminade Jr. D
Alec Solverud SLUH Jr. D
Clayton Meyer Northwest Jr. D
Ryan Behnen Vianney Sr. D
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St. Louis Soccer in the NCAA Today Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:00:07 +0000

Tommy Koerper (Quincy/Trinity) shoots in match at UMSL, 26 October

The Quincy Hawks hope to punch their ticket for the Final 4 today while the SIUE Cougars and SLU Billikens play in 2nd Round NCAA Tournament action. On the women’s side, the UCM Jennie’s have also reached the Quarterfinals in Division II and face Grand Valley State, the defending Champions, for a spot in the Final 4.

I’ve got details on those games as well as others that feature St. Louis players along with a few of general interest. Links for any games that are streamed are included in my Soccer on TV Calender in the Location box. Details on all of the games below.


Jason Hackett (Vianney)

15:00 – SIUE falls 0-1 at #15 California
A goal in the 71st minute was the difference as the Cal Bears, coached by ’86 Rosary grad Kevin Grimes, advances to the third round.

No streaming video from the cheapskates at Cal so the link is for GameTracker. The California Golden Bears hosted SIUE on Sept. 21, defeating Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 2-1. The Cougars advanced on a late goal by Paul Scheipeter, the junior’s first, as he finished a rebound of Jason Hackett’s shot. Hackett and Scheipeter are both Vianney grads. Cal Preview SIUE Preview


Tyler David, Captain, holds off challenge

#13 Louisville comes back to win 2-1 vs St Louis
A 71st minute goal by Francisco Vizcaino, nodded just inside the left upright as he pounced on the rebound of Pavisic’s header, was not enough. The Bill’s allowed Louisville back into the game three minutes later when Andrew Brody finished. The game-winner came in the 87th as Tim Kubel made a strong run from the right, with his cutback putting Tyler David onto the wet turf before shooting.

Saint Louis defeated Louisville 1-0 at Hermann Stadium back on September 9th, an important win coming off a 0-4 shellacking at the hands of the Memphis Tigers three days prior. Tyler David scored in the 13th minute and the Billikens held off a Louisville charge late to post the victory. The Cardinal’s include DeSmet grad Louie Berra who has become a full-time starter in the central midfield after transfering from Ohio State, playing in all 20 games this season with a pair of assists. SLU Preview Louisville Preview

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#5 Quincy wins 3-2 over Ft Hays State
Down 0-2 at halftime, the team stormed back with three goals for the win and advance to the Final 4 in Louisville Dec 4-6. As the graphic at the right shows, Ethan Venvertloh got the first in the 55th, with Jordan Roberts tying the game in the 62nd. It was left to super sophomore Xhovani Dokaj (CBC) with his second straight game-winner, this coming in the 83rd on a breakaway as Steve McAnany (Vianney) split the two central defenders and sending X in alone.


The Hawks busted their Round of 16 game wide open with three second half goals, the first scored by CBC’s Xhovani Dokaj followed by Edwardsville’s Chris Garavaglia. There will be a new champion in D2 this year with half the bracket already determined for the Final 4 in Louisville the first weekend of December.

NCAA Division 2, Quarterfinals Women
#10 University of Central Missouri Jennies soccer (21-1-2) falls, 3-1 in Elite 8 to Grand Valley State.
Modiri with UCM’s lone goal in the 77th minute. Dilkes w/ 7 saves.
The Jennies advanced by beating Minnesota State Mankato in overtime Friday. Julie Ireland (Holt), a junior captain, had an assist on the second goal while Edwardsville’s Taylor Thompson delivered on the first goal. GVSU needed overtime to get past UW-Parkside.

NCAA Division 1, 2nd Round Men

    #3 MI State wins 1-0 vs Oakland

#Spartans lone goal came in the 67th min, a header by Zach Carroll. #MSU advances to Sweet 16 next Sunday.

Coached by St. Louis native Damon Rensing, the Spartan’s return to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year as the third seed, their highest ever.

    #5 Indiana falls 1-2 to Xavier

Via Xavier twitter – IU had a 14-5 edge in shots and 6-3 edge in corners. Matt Vasquenza in the 29th and Will Walker (PK) in the 74th were the goal scorers for Xavier who came back to win. They are now 15-5-2, breaking the school record for wins in a season and advance to the 2nd weekend in the NCAA Division 1 Tourney for the first time ever. They will face Creighton next Sunday.


Eric McWoods (Kirkwood) 3rd from R, front row

14th-ranked Xavier men’s soccer hits the road Sunday, traveling to Bloomington, Ind. to face fifth-seeded Indiana, a team the Musketeers beat 1-0 in the pre-season. No St Louis representatives on the Hoosier’s surprisingly although Austin Panchot (Lafayette) is headed there in 2015. Kirkwood’s Eric McWoods is a Musketeer although he hasn’t seen any playoff minutes as a freshman. Indiana Preview Xavier Preview

    #8 Georgetown wins 2-1 in 2nd OT vs Old Dominion

The Hoya’s got a goal with seven seconds remaining in the final overtime period after tying the game in the 73rd. GK Tomas Gomez had one save in the game. They face #9 Syracuse next Sunday in the 3rd round.

The Hoyas, led by Webster Groves alum Tomas Gomez in goal (his brother Samuel won a State Championship with WG this month) are 12-4-4 on the season and earned a bye in the first round of the tournament. Tomas and the Hoya’s reached the Final in 2012, losing to Indiana before reaching the Sweet 16 last season. Preview

    #12 Creighton wins 1-0 over Oregon State

Shutout by Connor Sparrow (Vianney 2012) aka @CSSparrow_, who finished with one save in the game. Sparrow has started all 20 BlueJay games this season.

18:00 – #1 Notre Dame vs Ohio State (!/games/1871941)
Notre Dame, ‘nough said along with the other late games available this evening of top-ranked teams.

19:00 – #6 Stanford vs UC Irvine (stream)
21:00 – #2 UCLA hosts San Diego (stream) –

NCAA Divsion 1, Round 3 Women
#3 Texas Tech falls 2-3 to #2 Florida
The Raider’s fought back from an 0-2 deficity with goals in the 37th and 64th minute to tie the game. The Florida game-winner came on a textbook play for movement off the ball. A TT defender was pulled away from Annie Speese at the top of the box as a runner moved across from the right to the left. That space was all Speese needed to take a touch and bury a shot past the GK’s leaping save attempt. Beautiful goal. I’ll look for video highlights.


Head Coach Tom Stone is making regular stops in St. Louis and has signed Carly Wickenheiser (St Joe) for this coming season as well as top forward Kirsten Davis (Westminster) for 2017 already, thus forcing us to pay attention. It’s the third straight year in the NCAA tournament, their first in the Sweet 16. Should be a barn burner!

    #1 Texas A&M wins 2-1 vs #4 Notre Dame

Kelley Monogue scored both goals–including the game winner with under 10 minutes to play–to put Texas A&M into the NCAA Elite Eight with a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame Sunday afternoon at Ellis Field. Details

When Liberty won two straight State Championships they were led by Shea Groom and Kaysie Clark. Clark wrapped her career as a captain of the Mizzou Tigers in Thursday’s second round loss to Washington. Groom, also a senior captain, hopes to lead the Aggie’s to their best finish ever. They need to get past Notre Dame in a Donnybrook to accomplish that.

Kentucky loses 0-7 to #2 Virginia
The first goal was scored by #USWNT member Morgan Brian in the 17th minute for the Cavaliers. Brian went on to score a second as well as adding a pair of assists.

The Wildcat’s have reached their first ever Sweet 16 with their 3-1 win over Arizona State that included an assist by sophomore Jade Klump (Visitation).

Rankings reflect the Quarterfinal groups/original seeding

#1 UCLA/#4 Pepperdine will face #2 Virginia
#1 Florida State/UCF will face #3 South Carolina

#1 Texas A&M will host #2 Penn State Saturday
#1 Stanford will host #2 Florida

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SLU and SIUE Advance to NCAA 2nd Round Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:00:38 +0000
SLU Wins 1st Round NCAA match 2-0 over Tulsa

Kingsley Bryce challenges for the ball in the Tulsa box

Saint Louis senior forwards Kingsley Bryce and Robert Kristo scored to propel the Billikens to a 2-0 victory over Tulsa Thursday in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship at Hermann Stadium.

With the win, the Billikens (14-4-2) advance to face Louisville on Sunday in Louisville, Ky. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT). Louisville, the No. 13 overall seed, received a bye to the second round. Tulsa’s season comes to a close at 11-6-3.

Video of Kingsley Bryce’s game-winner

For the SIUE Cougars, playing at Northwestern in their first NCAA tournament game since returning to Division One in 2009, Paul Scheipeter (Vianney 2012) finished a rebound with his left foot for his first career goal in the 81st minute Thursday lifting SIUE to a 1-0 win over Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

SIUE advances to a second round match up Sunday at California. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. CT.

SIUE’s defense held strong, backed by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo. Dal Santo, making his first career start, was pressed into service because of an injury to senior starter Kent Kobernus. Dal Santo earned his first career shutout, making eight saves in the win.

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SIUE Win in Return to NCAA D1 Soccer Tournament Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000

SIUE Cougar Seniors with MVC Trophy, 2014

The NCAA Tournament is in full swing across all three divisions. I’ve collected games of interest into the Soccer on TV calendar and highlight a few here. You can see the SLU Billiken’s live Thursday night at 7pm as they return to the NCAA Tournament

wpid-wp-1416532927012.pngSIUE is making its 22nd overall appearance in the NCAA tournament. This is the first tournament appeance for men’s soccer since SIUE transitioned to NCAA Division I status in 2009. It is not, however, the first NCAA Division I tournament appearance. The Cougars made 10 consecutive Division I tournament appearances from 1973 to 1982. SIUE won the Division I National Championship in 1979. The Cougars were national runners-up in 1975, finished third in 1977, and were a national semifinalist in 1982.

Update – Cougars win 1-0 on Paul Scheipeter’s 81st minute goal! (see graphic on right)
What: SIUE (7-8-4) at Northwestern (9-3-6)
When: Thu., Nov. 20, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Lakeside Field, Evanston, IL
Watch: Live Stream at

NCAA Division I 1st Round THURSDAY
SIUE wins 1-0at Northwestern, faces California Sunday at Berkley
Kentucky falls to Oakland, 0-2
Xavier advances with 2-1 win over Monmouth, play at Indiana Sunday
The Xaxier squad includes Kyle Martin, a starting midfielder from Priory and Eric McWoods from Kirkwood who has seen action in the majority of the teams games
Wake Forest falls in PK’s to UMBC, who advance to play at Maryland Sunday
The Demon Deacons are captained by Edwardsville alum Sam Fink, featured here
SLU wins 2-0 over Tulsa, travel to Louisville Sunday

PHOTO GALLERY – SLU defeats Tulsa

Game Winner by Kingsley Bryce

Note that SLU and Wake Forest are part of the same six team Regional. If they win their 1st and 2nd round matches, they would meet in the third round on Sunday November 30th.

NCAA Division II 2nd Round FRIDAY
11:00 – UCM vs MN State Mankato (stream)
The Central Missouri Jennie’s are led by junior captain Julie Ireland from Wentzville Holt and include Jennifer Huber (Eureka), Taylor Thompson (Edwardsville) and Amy Stewart (Troy Buchanan)

16:00 – #5 Quincy vs #21 Saginaw Valley State – DeLoache Field Tahlequah, OK
The Quincy Men, who have a legitimate chance to earn a National title this year, are in OK for the Midwest Regional. The winner will play Sunday in the Quarterfinal, also in OK. Only live stats will be available unfortunately.

NCAA Division I 2nd Round FRIDAY
14:00 – Texas Tech vs Auburn – SEC on ESPN3
Lubbock TX is the future home of Carly Wickenheiser and Kirsten Davis

15:30 – Kentucky vs AZ State (game tracker only)
Kentucky is led in the scoring column by Visitation grad Jade Klump

18:30 – Mizzou vs Washington (stream)
The Tigers are led by Liberty grad Kaysie Clark who is protected by IWA grad Mel Donaldson who plays in the central midfield behind her. St Joe grad Alli Magaletta is sharing time with Kaitlyn Clark at outside midfield. The two are part of a five player freshman class that has contributed 11 goals and 13 assists this season. Preview

19:00 – IL State vs Pepperdine (stream)
The Missouri Valley Conference champions are led by Triad grad Rachel Tejada along with Hannah Leinert of Eureka. PREVIEW

19:00 – #1 Texas A&M vs Arizona – SEC on ESPN3
Senior Captain Shea Groom, Kaitlyn Clark’s teammate at Liberty and two-time State Champions here in Missouri, appears set to lead the Aggie’s to new heights.

21:00 – Arkansas vs Stanford (stream)
Part of the same Regional group as Mizzou, the team is in California and could face each other in Sunday’s Round of 16. The team PREVIEW The team includes Viz grad Sarah Price who has played in 18 of the teams 21 games along IWA’s Kate Kienstra and Springfield Catholic’s Nicole Ortega.

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Sam Fink Representing St. Louis soccer in the ACC Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000

Sam Fink, Sr Captain Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 2014

There is one player in the ACC, the toughest conference in men’s soccer, from the St Louis region. He’s a Demon Deacon now but before that he was an Edwardsville Tiger. I began conversations with Sam as well as his High School and Club coaches in August but before i could complete my story, Matthew Kamp, the tireless chronicler of athletic endeavors at the Edwardsville Intelligencer laid out the road less taken (to the ACC) in this pre-season interview with Sam Fink, Edwardsville class of 2011.

Sam and his #18 ranked Wake Forest teammates were knocked out of the ACC Tourney in PK’s by #17 ranked Clemson but are one of seven ACC teams, the largest contingent from a single conference, included in the NCAA D1 Tournament this Fall. That includes the tournaments top-seed and defending champion Notre Dame. You can WATCH SAM PLAY on Thursday as the Tournament opens here and throughout the country.

What: Wake Forest Host Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC)
1st Round NCAA D1 Tourney
When: Thursday November 20, 6:00 pm CT
Where: Spry Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Watch: Live Stream on
Notes: Sophomore midfielder Ian Harkes (#16) is the son of Hall-of-Famer John Harkes (a Virginia alum) and one of three Demon Deacons to be named All-ACC. Wake Forest is in the same bracket as Louisville and SLU, meaning only one of six teams in their bracket will reach the Quarterfinals (#4 Maryland, #13 Louisville, Tulsa, SLU, Wake Forest and UMBC, using the tournament seeding).

I’ve pulled out the conversation Kamp had on Sam’s Captaincy below (with updated stats) because that’s the topic that all of my discussions with Sam’s Coaches kept coming back to, his leadership. My notes from his Club coach Dale Schilly of SLSG Metro (and now Saint Louis FC, a possible post-college destination for Sam, something he references in Kamp’s interview with him) and Mark Heiderscheid of Edwardsville follow that.

“Being a captain and being a leader is something I’ve always enjoyed and something that I’m not taking lightly. I’ve always wanted to be a captain here,” Fink said. “Now that I’m a captain, I can look back on the three previous years and the wonderful foundation that the captains before me laid out. I can expand on it. I’m very lucky to have mentors that have come through here and prepared me. Now that I’m in it, I feel prepared.”
This will be the fourth season Fink will play on the back line. After playing all over the field at Edwardsville, he has found a home in the Demon Deacons’ defense.

Fink has appeared in 55 (now 73) games, including 35 (now 53) starts, and has scored four (now six) goals with two assists. He has logged over 1,000 minutes in two (now three) of the seasons and has played in at least 17 games in each of the three (now four) seasons.

Statistics, though, don’t tell the whole story of what Fink’s play has meant. Playing in the middle of the defense, he’s asked to lead by example and anticipate the play.

“It feels good that I can be up the spine of the team and see everything in front of me so that I can direct guys and get the organization or shape right. It’s something that I enjoy. A lot of times you see the captain up the middle of the field, because they can see the whole field and everything around them,” Fink said. “I enjoy being a center back, because I can see everyone and help the guys next to me play better and be better players.”

Read more on Sam from the original interview with Matt Kamp. Sam’s Wake Forest Bio

My conversations with Sam’s two primary coaches – Dale Schilly at Metro United/SLSG Metro from age six until Sam departed for Wake Forest as well as Mark Heiderscheid at Edwardsville – revolved around characteristics that have helped him reach the level he is at now. As much as there are highs to recognize and applaud, there have been lows. Sam’s response to those situations stand out as much as any other aspect of his career. His goal was always to get better and both noted he was ‘coachable’. That’s important at every level (think Balotelli, is he ‘coachable’?) and Sam rose to the occasion at every level.

Sam has been blessed with athleticism and was always ‘a hand full’ going forward in the words of Schilly, a target forward capable of scoring in bunches during his high school career in particular. It was also at that time that he began the transition to center back, the position he now calls home at Wake Forest. That began when he moved up to the U18 Academy squad and his coach Jeremy Alumbaugh (now GM of made the suggestion. It was a tough choice to make personally. You’re hitting your stride, it’s prime time for College Coaches to see you perform and you’re thrust into a new role. It’s also not a glamour role, no more press clippings for scoring goals but rather doing the dirty work of keeping the clean sheet and setting up others for the goals he was once scoring. Sam took the new responsibilities and applied the same intelligence, effort and ‘coachability’ to be the best center back possible.

Apparently it was at the Disney Showcase in Sarasota when he was seen by the Wake Forest staff and the vision he had of playing in either the Big 10 or ACC came true and has led to the opportunity he and his teammates face Thursday. I’ll be cheering for the Demon Deacons, and Sam, and who knows, maybe we’ll get to see him live at SLU on Sunday November 30th as they battle for a Quarterfinal spot.

On a related note, I’m very impressed by another aspect of Sam’s character I don’t usually write about but it really stands out for me. He’s maintained a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend/high school sweetheart throughout his four years at Wake Forest. She’s a leader and competitor as well, having been recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as a first team member of the 2014 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-West Region Team as well as being recognized on the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad as a sophomore and junior (senior results not announced yet). She helped lead the Golden Flashes to their first ever NCAA Division 1 Tournament win last week and will be playing in a Senior All-Star game in Maryland this weekend. Congratulations Hannah. And Sam!

Sam is a 2011 graduate of Edwardsville High School.
Edwardsville Shuts Out Granite City to Advance in IHSA Class 3

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SLU Billikens Host Tulsa Thursday in NCAA Soccer Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:51:15 +0000
2014-08-31 SLU Billikens win 3-1 over VA Tech in Mens Soccer Home Opener

Raymond Lee (Rockhurst) clears from inside SLU 18 yd box

Saint Louis men’s soccer earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship and will host Tulsa on Thursday at Hermann Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tickets for Thursday’s game are available here or by calling the Billiken ticket office at (314) 977-4SLU. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youth.

The winner of the SLU/Tulsa matchup travels to Louisville, Ky., to face the national No. 13-seed Louisville Cardinals on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m. (CT).

The Billikens, who are making their record 48th appearance in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, are 13-4-2 on the year. SLU was the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, where they lost in the semifinals to eventual A-10 champion Fordham.

Tulsa won the American Athletic Conference title to earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The Golden Hurricane are 11-5-3 overall and concluded their conference season 5-2-1.

Dale Schilly, St Louis FC

SLU and Tulsa met earlier this year at Hermann Stadium, a 1-0 Billiken victory. In fact, SLU also played potential second-round opponent Louisville at Hermann Stadium, defeating the Cardinals 1-0. The Billiken’s also beat #1 seed Notre Dame in a rain-shortened exhibition game. I suspect that St. Louis FC Head Coach Dale Schilly will be on hand for the game again as they continue scouting players. Raymond Lee (pictured above) is someone I’d love to see on the squad. How about you?

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St Charles CC at NJCAA Nationals Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000

St Charles CC Cougars ‘acclimating’ in FL for NJCAA Nationals

The St. Charles Community College Cougar’s Women’s soccer team will play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Championship Tournament Nov. 17-22 at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, FL.

The match schedule is:
– Monday, Nov. 17: #10 St Charles CC vs #3 Eastern Florida State College
– Tuesday, Nov. 18: #10 St Charles CC vs #6 Darton State College
Both games are scheduled for 7pm Eastern/6pm Central. Games will be played in four three-team pools with the four pool winners advancing to the semifinals. Thursday is a scheduled off day but can be used as a tie-breaker day or in case of bad weather earlier in the week.

All games are being televised by the NJCAA

You can follow the Cougar’s on their Facebook page with the Roster on the SCCC Athletic site.

The semifinals will be held Friday and the Championship match is Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Cougars are 4-0 in their conference and 15-4 this season. The reached the National Tournament by defeating SWIC, the Region 16 (Illinois) Champions 3-2 on a late goal by Raven Loughridge (Belle), assisted by Alyssa Coons (Union). A photo album by Alex Paz (a Granite City alum, the Eastside know him well).

The Region 16 title win came against KC-based Blue River CC. 4-1, the game-winner was scored by Coons in the 55th minute, following a 1-1 tie at halftime between the teams. Coons scored a second later with Morganne Dugger getting the first and Amanda Buhlmann scoring on a 55 yard direct kick. You read that correctly.

NJCAA National’s Field
District A champion Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, 16-4-2
District B champion Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas, 15-4-3
District C champion Otero Junior College, LaJunta, Colorado, 13-1-2
District D champion St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, Missouri, 15-4
District E champion and nationally second-ranked Monroe College, New Rochelle, New York, 15-1
District F champion Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Illinois, 14-3-2
District G champion Owens Community College, Findlay, Ohio, 13-4-2
District I champion and 2013 national runner-up Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas, 14-4-1
District J champion Darton State College, Albany, Georgia, 16-2
District K champion, defending champion and top-ranked Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 18-0-1
District L champion Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland, 14-3-1

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