DuBourg’s stellar soccer team has early success

Their coach is preaching caution, but the well-balanced Bishop DuBourg High School girls soccer team is marching through its early season schedule with a successful postseason in mind.

DuBourg senior Kacie Trueman is off to a fast start and on April 18 broke the school record for career goals — surpassing Katie Bunch, the 2001 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American. With two goals in the 6-0 win against Lutheran North April 18 and four goals in a 7-1 win against Barat Academy April 14, Trueman has 24 this season and 76 career goals. She entered the April 14 game in the top three in the state with 42 points.

Trueman gives credit to her teammates, estimating 97 percent of her goals come on an assist: "I owe it all to them. They're amazing."

The record means a lot to her because Bunch, who went on to play at the University of Virginia, was such a good player.

The win against Barat, which followed a 2-0 victory the previous day against Kennedy Catholic High School, put DuBourg's record at 8-0-1 on the season. Junior Tori Sample had the other three goals in the game against Barat. DuBourg showed pinpoint passing, bursts of speed toward their opponent's goal and solid defense. They controlled the ball in the offensive zone most of the game. (The team since has won its next two games, including a 3-0 win at Rosati-Kain.)

DuBourg's coach, Kent Hediger, said the team has a tough schedule ahead. All but one starter returned from last season, Hediger said, and the challenge has been to bring the underclassmen, who are integral to the team, into the mix. "It's taken a lot of practice ... but now they're starting to understand their roles," he said. "A lot of our players are versatile, which is very helpful as well. We have a deeper bench this year and we are eager to see the possibility of where we can be later in the year."

Last year there was a lack of continuity due to injuries, primarily concussions. As a result, this year the junior varsity and varsity soccer players are required to wear a Halo, a protective headband designed to disperse the impact of a blow to the head or a head ball in an effort to curb the number of concussions.

"After winning district the past two season and losing to Rosati-Kain in sectionals, it hasn't set well with this year's team," the coach said. "With the addition of a fourth class in girls soccer, the postseason tournament is wide open in Class 2. Obviously, there are extremely talented and veteran teams in Class 2 such as defending champion Duchesne, powerhouse St. Pius, Cape Notre Dame, not to mention many others. The girls know that to win conference, district, sectionals, and to have the opportunity to play for the state title it will take dedication, relentless work ethic, collective effort, and especially confidence."

DuBourg's Shannon Cahill, like Trueman a senior captain, said the team seeks an advantage by communicating and by passing the ball to the back before pushing it to the midfield and then to the forwards. Each game helps the team build confidence and helps each other be focused and ready for the next game, she said.

At DuBourg, the players have formed a bond from going to school together, she said. "Everybody acts as one."

The team wants no weak link as it seeks its goal of heading to the state finals, Trueman noted, so a priority is helping instruct the younger players.

Trueman, who will play in college at Truman State University, said she is pleased to play soccer at a Catholic school. "My faith is important to me. I like the girls here and love the school. It feels like home here."

Hediger was impressed by the play of Barat Academy, which has only 14 players. He cited the "fantastic play" of Barat's Sara Scott, who placed the ball in a perfect spot for Mackenzie Hale to score. "Barat should be proud of their effort," he said.

Defensively, some big plays for Barat came from Scott and Amanda Ellis, while Addie Grapperhaus sought to put pressure on offense.

Barat coach Buzz Demling said his team plays hard and enjoys rooting on two of its players who have never played soccer before.

DuBourg, a bigger team that had a physical advantage, is an unselfish team with a lot of talent that does a good job of looking for open players, he said. "It was a good experience for us." 

Bishop DuBourg coach Kent Hedigan offers an assessment of his team:

At the pace senior Kacie Trueman is scoring, she has an opportunity to surpass 100 goals for her career and perhaps the total points leader.

Trueman has a fantastic supporting cast of players that provide quality chances for her each game. Junior Tori Sample leads the Cavaliers with seven assists followed by senior Shannon Cahill and freshman Lexi Bracken each with six.

The defense is anchored by a stellar back four anchored by senior Lauren Thierry, junior Angela Colombo, freshman Liz Campbell and junior Emily Roeder, who also is an asset in the midfield. Defensively, the Cavaliers have a lot of depth allowing the team to keep the players fresh. DB is blessed with skill, speed and strength in the midfield, consisting of Cahill, senior Betsy Economon and freshman Natalie Klutho in the center, with a host of players who get playing time at outside mid. Returning in the nets is senior Jenna Vitale and sophomore Julia Reiter. Both have been very solid and have seen extensive playing time this year.

The team has skilled players who have learned to receive the ball with their head up and distribute it calmly. The future is bright for the Lady Cavaliers.

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