FRONT ROW: Noah Mitchell; Danny Weishaar; Jon Campbell; Carson Wilhelm; Joseph Hartrich; Sam Chiburis; Leo Fiordelisi; Brendan Byrne; Julian Tilford; BACK ROW: Coaches Wilhelm; Byrne; Drew Jordan; Jake Ravenhill; Bryce Kiesling; Jacob Hammond; Johnny Barr; Robbie Percival; Coach Henry Byrne
The Holy Redeemer (Webster Groves, MO Catholic Parish) 7th grade boys won their 3rd consecutive CYC Soccer Boys Open Cadet (7th grade) Championship on November 22nd.
In 2013, this team was the first Holy Redeemer boys’ team to win an Open Division CYC Soccer championship in the history of the Parish (Holy Redeemer has participated in CYC soccer for over 40 years). Now, they have won it for a 3rd year in a row. It did not come easy, requiring PK’s and overtime in the playoffs before earning the title by shutout in the Final.
The Quarterfinal Match vs St. Joseph-Cottleville saw the boys fight back from a deficit to tie the game, eventually going to PK’s, won 2-1. The Semifinal against Dan Merlo’s St Catherine of Laboure’s 7th grade team was another come from behind effort, winning in OT (4-3) ultimately. The Final against Mary Queen of Peace was a 2-0 win for the CYC City/County Wide Championship. Julian Tilford scored the brace, with both goals assisted by Robbie Percival.
It remains to be seen if the boys can match the Holy Redeemer girls who won four straight CYC Soccer titles, culminating in 2011 with the 8th grade title. That team included Caroline Lee (D2/Bellarmine), Cami Unger (starting MF/All-Conference), Maddie Pokorny (D1/SLU), Peyton Beck (D1/Wagner), Charlotte Kennedy (D1/High Point) and Allie Thomas (D1/Missouri State), who went on to lead the Webster Groves Statesmen to Third Place in 2014.
I’ll be watching this group of boys over the next five years to see if they can help establish the Webster Groves HS boys team as a new traditional power, beginning with the two recent state titles. The funnel of players certainly looks promising.
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