The St. Dominic tournament opened Monday and I caught a pair of games at Francis Howell Central. The opener featured a Class 2 clash as Notre Dame (in blue) faced off against St. Charles West. The Rebels got a pair of goals in the first half from their sophomore midfielders – Grace Newsham (pic above) and Sophie Lanzafame, assisted by Sr. Lexi Lanzafame and Jr. Zoey Vogel.
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The Rebels are off to a strong start, 13-2-1 thus far with the losses coming to St. Dominic and Oakville. They’ll face Howell Central and Cor Jesu this week, continuing their participation in the St. Dominic tournament, good challenges as they prepare for the post-season in what I consider the most challenging District. Cape Notre Dame reached the Class 2 Final last year and were champions in 2017, led by Megan Heisserer (SEMO). Fredericktown, with three Buxton sisters providing a significant core, are setting school records for wins this season. The winner of District 1 will likely advance to State once again.
St. Charles West fell in their District Final to eventual champions O’Fallon Christian last season, falling to Duchesne in the Quarterfinals the previous two years. If they get past Lutheran St. Charles the Southern Boone Eagles would be next and then new Class 2 foe Visitation will likely await in the Quarterfinal. The Warriors are start eight upperclassmen who have been part of the Varsity squad for 3-4 years and they played they way you would suspect in the second half. Notre Dame had two good opportunities, one from a corner kick and late when Lexi Lanzafame flicked a shot off the upright but otherwise it was the Warriors setting the tone.
The best chance in the first half came from a corner kick that was cleared at the near post by a Notre Dame defender but the second half saw a number of good chances unfinished. In the first two minutes of the second half, a cross into the six yard box was struck poorly and then a breakaway was pushed wide as the keeper came out well for the Rebels. The teams record sits at 12-5 and in four of the five losses, the team was shut out with all of the previous losses coming against large schools.
Their central midfield tandem, juniors Kaitlyn Weinrich and Meagan Papin, are also club teammates with JB Marine Schneider (one State Cup title, three other State Cup Finals) while leading scorer Courtney Schreiber (10 goals, 7 assists) is also a club teammate. Papin and Weinrich have added 5 goals each while contributing 2 and 12 assists respectively as the work their 6 and 8 roles well. Kayla Van Booven, listed as a defender on the roster, has moved up to forward and her pace helped stretch the Notre Dame defense. I’d say the lack of numbers in the box was the biggest issue in the lack of scoring.
Worth noting Van Booven was able to move up with the emergence of So. Chrissy Sever at centerback, paired with Jr. Madeline Hornbeck. So. Lindsay English and Bailee Kohenskey at outside back are part of the next generation for the Warriors.