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Hard work defined St. Vincent’s championship team

Kaiti Schnurbusch attempted to head the ball in St. Vincent High School’s state championship game May 31. The team from Perryville defeated Principia 2-0 for a second successive Class 1 title. Schnurbusch was one of five seniors who helped lead her team this year.

The crest on the uniform proudly displays the fact that the players are from a Catholic school. At the top of the crest are a cross and the initials "SV" representing St. Vincent, the saintly namesake of St. Vincent High School in Perryville. Wheat strands represent the Eucharist.

But the players on the Class 1 state championship high school girls soccer team went beyond that — they wore a Miraculous Medal pin attached to their uniform shorts.

Fast-paced futsal match between St. Dominic, St. Louis Roadies fosters community connections and awareness of homelessness

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It started as a class on developing leadership skills, but it turned out to be God's hand working to bring people together through the game of soccer while raising awareness of homelessness.

Junior Tony Petruso had signed up for Leadership, a semester-long elective course for juniors and seniors at St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon. On the first day of class, students received the assignment to design a service project that would take the entire semester to plan and execute. Focus on something you're passionate about, teacher Nancy Holden-Nims told the class.

Faith is guiding force for several Saint Louis FC players

Saint Louis FC’s Austin Martz sped toward the ball against LA Galaxy II on April 14. Martz is participating in a program that gives children from low-income families an opportunity to play at camps, clinics and with a club team.

Jack Maher signed with Saint Louis FC, a professional soccer team based in Fenton, at the start of the 2017 season and made an appearance in the final game of the season. He's on the team again this year.

That's a good reason for the Althoff Catholic High School senior to miss some classes while he practices with the team on weekdays.

Up to five players may be part of a non-professional academy program within an MLS organization and earn minutes with the USL team without relinquishing their amateur status.

Confidence guiding a cohesive Notre Dame soccer team

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The Notre Dame High School soccer program is off to one of its best starts ever, thanks to a mix of talented players, from freshmen to seniors.

"We have an interesting blend of young and old," Notre Dame coach Dave Robben said.

Several talented freshmen are making an impact, he said, with seniors providing leadership while sophomores and juniors are making contributions to the winning formula. "It's just a very cohesive group right now," Robben said.

Soccer All-American Steven Bibas of Vianney credits others

Steven Bibas celebrated with teammates after scoring for St. John Vianney in the state semifinal game against Springfield Kickapoo in November. Earlier this month, Bibas was named to the United Soccer Coaches High School All-America Team for the fall 2017 season.

Known for his accomplishments on the soccer field, St. John Vianney High School's Steven Bibas is equally adept at deflecting praise that comes his way.

Earlier this month, Bibas was named to the United Soccer Coaches High School All-America Team for the fall 2017 season. He's one of three players from Missouri named to the team. The others are Billy Hency of Rockwood Summit High School who is Bibas' teammate on Sporting St. Louis Howe club team, and Kyle Ruark of the Class 4 state champions, Rockhurst of Kansas City.

High school, CYC teams score in exciting soccer playoffs

Holy Spirit soccer player Aiva Barry pushed past Our Lady of Lourdes’ Genevieve Wynne in the CYC semifinal match. Holy Spirit defeated Our Lady of Lourdes, but lost to Our Lady of Festus in the championship of the CYC girls midget closed division.

Fall sports — at the high school and grade school levels — are nearing completion, with high school and CYC soccer championships held this month.

The high school soccer championships occurred in St. Louis at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton. St. Louis Priory won the Class 2 Missouri State High School Activities Association championship with a 3-0 victory over Lincoln College Prep of Kansas City.

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