Priory dominates but can't overcome slow start

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter

The Priory High School soccer team fought back but didn't overcome a quick start by Westminster in a district game of the Class 3 state soccer playoffs Oct. 27.
Within the first minutes of the game, Westminster senior forward Sam Dunne scored on two breakaways, using his speed to elude Priory defenders when the ball bounced beyond his opponents' reach. Priory goalie Drew Sewall had no chance on the shots.
Westminster maintained control until about the middle of the first half when Priory took over the majority of the possessions, keeping the ball in Westminster's zone for most of the rest of the game. The score remained 2-0 at halftime, but early in the second half, Priory senior forward Ryan Mulqueeny scored from in front of the goal on a quick move after his teammates had brought the ball downfield with several pinpoint passes. Senior Blake Anselm received an assist on the goal.
Priory continued to pressure Westminster, and came close to tying the score several times before faltering near the end of the game and losing 2-1. Westminster made key defensive plays, and Priory's shots just missed deflections.
Priory coach John Mohrmann noted the difficulty of coming back after being down 2-0. "We fought back," he said. "I was proud of the way they played. It was a big hole for us."
Priory, 13-6-2 on the year, played Westminster earlier in the season, with the fortunes reversed as Westminster didn't capitalize on its chances.
In the game Oct. 27, Priory's goalie kept the team in the game early with several grabs of shots headed toward the goal.
In the first half, Mulqueeny just missed an open corner when the shot went wide. Junior Will Dohr missed on a shot from in front of the net. A penalty kick right outside the box was snatched by Westminster's goalie.
The second half brought more intensity from Priory, including a shot in front by Mulqueeny and a missed chance when he brought the ball downfield but was blocked from getting a shot. Priory senior midfielder Daniel Kelly sprinted toward the goal but also didn't get a shot.
The loss ended Priory's season, but the players, though disappointed, recalled the season fondly. Senior back Brenden Kolthoff noted that the highlight was a 3-2 win over DeSmet Jesuit.
"I liked the combination of talent and foot skills" on the team, Kolthoff said. He added that the team had skilled bench players and good conditioning, enabling it to stay fresh as games went on. "We were pushing hard all season to get better."
Other games
Also in Class 3, St. Mary's defeated Gateway 7-2 on Sept. 27, with Trevor Kaufmann scoring three times and additional tallies coming from Brendan Kopff, Jonathan Flowers, John Juedemann and Nick Magana. The win captured the district championship for St. Mary's.
St. Dominic beat Warrenton 8-0 Oct. 28 in a district semifinal.
In Class 4, St. John Vianney won 2-1 over Parkway South Oct. 27 in its district semifinal with goals from Anthony Christante and Joey Delbert.
St. Louis University High School defeated McCluer North 7-1 in its semifinal Oct. 25 and was to face Chaminade High School Nov. 1. Chaminade won its semifinal game 4-0 against Ritenour. Jack Rogers had two goals, with Mike Barlow and Jake Pesek adding the other scores.
CBC defeated Parkway North 7-0 Oct. 28 with Nick Dempster and Sam Leach scoring twice and goals from Drew Greaser, Kurt Gerteisen and Max Steffen. DeSmet lost to Marquette 3-2 in penalty kicks, with Connor Ferguson and John Russo scoring in regulation.
In Class 2, Trinity defeated Lutheran North 2-1 in its district semifinal Oct. 27 with goals from Kyle Fite and Jake Gantner. Duchesne defeated North Tech 10-0 in its semifinal, with Juan Garcia and Brendan Willers each scoring three times and other goals from Tom Seidel, Jared Bryer, Jimmy Choinka and Tom Palmatier. St. Pius X defeated Notre Dame of Cape Girardeau 1-0 in overtime Oct. 25 with a goal by Dan Barton. St. Francis Borgia won 4-0 vs. Winfield Oct. 28 and Kennedy defeated Whitfield 4-2 in penalty kicks.
Volleyball
Four Catholic schools from the Archdiocese of St. Louis made the Final Four of the state volleyball championships.
In Class 4, St. Joseph's Academy, 26-8, was to take on Lafayette, Ozark and Liberty in pool play in the semifinals Oct. 31 at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. The finals were to be held Nov. 1. St. Joseph's defeated Francis Howell 25-15, 25-20 on Oct. 25 to advance to the Final Four after earlier defeating McCluer North, also in two sets. Lafayette defeated Cor Jesu Academy 25-12, 25-27 and 26-24 to advance.
In Class 3, St. Pius X in Festus, 32-5-1, and Villa Duchesne, 29-8-2, both advanced to the semifinals with wins Oct. 25. They were to play in pool play with Helias Catholic of Jefferson City and St. Pius X of Kansas City Oct. 31 at Southeast Missouri State University. St. Pius in Festus defeated Bishop DuBourg 25-21, 18-25 and 25-23 in sectionals. The team earlier defeated Miller Career Academy 2-0. Villa Duchesne defeated St. Francis Borgia High School 25-18 and 25-23 in sectionals. The team had advanced by defeating St. Dominic in two sets. The finals in Class 4 were to be played Nov. 1 at Southeast Missouri State.
In Class 1, St. Vincent in Perryville, 25-11-1, was to play Winona, Santa Fe and New Haven in pool play in semifinals Oct. 31 at Southeast Missouri State. St. Vincent defeated Bernie Oct. 25 in sectionals, 25-21 and 25-16. The team had advanced by defeating Clarkton in two sets. The finals were to be played Nov. 1.
Field hockey
In the 2014 Midwest Field Hockey quarterfinals, two Catholic schools from the archdiocese advanced.
Cor Jesu defeated St. Joseph's Academy 2-0 Oct. 28 with goals from Kathryn Mirbaha and Amanda Neiters. Molly Records was in goal for the shutout. Villa Duchesne won vs. Marquette 2-1 with goals from Brooke Cytron and Maria Sansone. MICDS defeated Visitation 3-0.

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