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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.

Soccer great reunites with trainer after knee replacement surgery

Considered a true pioneer in sports medicine in St. Louis, Bill Hopfinger today is president of St. Louis Home Health, a Medicare-certified, orthopedic-only home health agency.

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."

New head ball rule in CYC soccer a safety-first approach

Fourth-grader Jayden McGrath, right, of St. Paul Parish in Fenton battled Owen Scott of St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood for the ball in a CYC soccer game Nov. 5 in Kirkwood Park. The CYC sports program instituted new rules prohibiting headers for youth players in its league in an effort to reduce concussions and potential brain damage in soccer players.

The Catholic Youth Apostolate's CYC Sports soccer program reports a smooth transition during the first year of its new rule prohibiting head balls by players in fourth grade and below.

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