Roll back the clock to 1995. That is the last time the CHS soccer program has played in the state finals. The Bears opportunity to get back there, after a twenty-two year drought, comes Saturday, Feb. 18, when the soccerballers trek down I-12 to face No. 7 seed Mandeville in the Divison I semifinal matchup. The two sides met earlier in the year with the Bears winning 2-0. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
Patrick Mensah, who is also a starting cornerback on the football team, has been a huge cog in the Bears' playoff machine, providing speed, athleticism, and four goals in the three post-season games. Other football starters, Patrick Dunn and Preston Stafford, are in the starting lineup as well. CHS golfer Max Trapp is another two sport starter for the soccer Bears.
Josh McReynolds, in his second year at the helm of the program, makes his second appearance in the Division I semifinals. "We are no longer the inexperienced squad. We have close to thirty games under our belts now and three playoff games," said McReynolds. "The guys have invested so much time to get to this point. Being one of the final four in Division I is rewarding, but there is one more goal for this program - It is time to go get it done."
Read more about the CHS soccer team in The Advocate