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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.

Seminarians’ player-coach leads by example

Kenrick-Glennon seminarian Josh Deters served as player-coach in the Soals and Goals soccer match against a team of priests and friends. The game is an annual event to encourage vocations fo the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

On the field, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary defender Josh Deters specializes in goal prevention. But like the other players in perhaps the most anticipated annual soccer game in St. Louis, his personal goal involves reaching souls.

Hence, the game of the year — the Souls and Goals Soccer Cup: the K-G Lions vs. the Clergy and Company.

Freshman athlete at De Smet Jesuit excels at two sports

Ben Mueller, a two-sport athlete at De Smet Jesuit High School this fall, said he sees his chance to play soccer and run on the cross country team as “a gift from God. I’m definitely relying on Him to help me stay stronger and as time goes on, keep performing.”

Ben Mueller put on his game uniform and headed out to represent De Smet Jesuit High School.

He had to check his schedule to make sure it was the right uniform, however.

This fall sports season, it could be a soccer or cross country uniform. Mueller is a rare athlete who is playing two high school sports in one season — and it's working out well, according to the freshman and his coaches, who were happy to work out an arrangement allowing him to excel in both sports.

SLU soccer players fit the bill athletically, academically

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The St. Louis University women's soccer team opened eyes this season after a 6-0-1 start, including a 1-1 tie Sept. 8 against then-19th ranked Kansas. A state of Missouri collegiate women's soccer record crowd of 5,205 attended the game at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.

Alli Klug, Mary Niehaus and Molly Ream played all 110 minutes. Courtney Reimer logged 106 minutes. Niehaus, a goalie, made a career-high eight saves, six of which came in the second half and first overtime.

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.

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