When Tommy Barlow talks soccer, he could easily bring up his personal accomplishments. He netted the ball 27 times last season and assisted his teammates with 17 goals. He was a leader of the Chaminade soccer team that advanced to the Class 3 state championship game. He was named Gatorade Missouri Boys Soccer Player of the Year, was an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and chosen as the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association Class 3 Player of the Year.
Singer David Cook, NFL receiver Brandon Lloyd and former NBA athlete and Mizzou standout Jon Sundvold are all stars who came out of Blue Springs, Mo., a town of 50,000-plus people.
This past weekend, soccer standouts from around the state had a chance to make greatness come alive in this city once again, and two Metro Catholic Conference teams had the opportunity to claim another title.
After a series of narrow wins in the playoffs -- including overtime thrillers -- Christian Brothers College High School won its eighth state soccer title and St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon won its fourth title at the state finals in Blue Springs, Mo., Nov. 16-17.
CBC defeated Chaminade College Prep 2-0 Nov. 17 to win the championship in Class 3. Both goals came in the first half, scored by Jacob Meyerkord and Max Keeley. Chaminade outshot CBC, especially in the second half, but the defense held strong. CBC ended the year with a 26-5-1 record and Chaminade ended at 25-3-2.
Gwendolyn Oxenham is impressed with the soccer community in St. Louis.
That's saying a lot considering where she's played soccer. A prison in Brazil with no guards on the inside. Ghettos in Africa and Brazil. In Tehran with women in hijab. A Palestinian-Jewish rivalry in Israel.
Five Catholic schools from the archdiocese are in the state semifinals in the three classes of girls soccer.
In Class 2, the St. Dominic High School Lady Crusaders defeated Visitation 8-1 on May 26 to move on to the semifinals.
In the quarterfinal game, St. Dominic had two goals each from Emily Monroe and Cristina Rodriguez and tallies from Alex Schmitz, Kristin Wolff, Haley Ennis and Mackenzie Rief. Visitation's Abby Grimes had her team's only goal.