Soccer

Street soccer goalie to play for U.S. in Homeless World Cup

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Cliff Byrd concentrated on the soccer ball before a shot came full-force to the corner of the net. He dove with his arms extended, reaching the ball with his fingertips and deflecting it into the corner of the small street soccer field.

The goalie grimaced as he fell on the rubber surface, but he sprung right up, pleased about making the stop during the drill.

Incarnate Word Academy soccer team never surrenders

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Persistence defines the Incarnate Word Academy soccer team, and it has shown in several games in which the team outplayed opponents in the second half after struggling in the first half.

Scrappy Lanter, Smith set the tone for Nerinx soccer team

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Tierney Lanter and Gabby Smith are easy to find on a soccer field.

The Nerinx Hall juniors stand out for their scrappy, never-give-up approaches. Each scored a goal in Nerinx Hall's hard-fought 3-1 win over Cor Jesu Academy in the rain April 3. The next day, Kassidy Grant scored three goals in a 7-0 win over Parkway Central as Nerinx improved to 5-1.

Invitee to Major League Soccer Combine thankful for success

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville defender Austin Ledbetter advanced the ball in a game against Loyola in 2015. Ledbetter is a CBC graduate and former player for the Catholic Youth Apostolate’s CYC program. The SIUE field is named for the late Bob Guelker, a former CYC sports director and SIUE coach.

"Thankful" is Austin Ledbetter's reaction to his selection to be among 53 NCAA Division I college soccer players invited to the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine.

No chest-thumping or "look at me" attitude from the elite Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville player, who will participate in the Major League Soccer pre-draft event in Los Angeles Jan. 7-12.

Ledbetter gives thanks to his coaches, parents and other family members, with special appreciation for his teammates, noting that "without them I wouldn't be here."

Resilient CBC Triumphs at State Soccer Final

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CBC soccer team rejoices after a battle for the MO State Championship vs. Kansas City rival, Rockhurst.

The Christian Brothers College High School soccer team has been resilient all year, and the Class 4 state championship game Nov. 12 was no exception. Down 1-0 with 10:47 left in the game and facing an energized Rockhurst High School team, CBC took advantage of a penalty just outside the box in its opponents' zone and tied the game on a shot by Conner Lonero with an assist by Bryce Starzyk.

CBC soccer team heads to state semifinals with 1-0 win

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CBC soccer team heads to state semifinals with 1-0 win.

Christian Brothers College High School's Nate Temm had a split second get a shot through a small clearing in the Francis Howell North defense, which had been right on the spot all game.

He didn't hesitate, made a powerful boot and the ball shot through to the back of the netting behind the goal. The brief celebration with his teammates was long awaited, since only 13:20 remained in the Class 4 Missouri State High School Activities Association boys soccer semifinal game at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

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