CHS Soccer – Within Their Grasp!
Sounding like a broken record is a good thing when it comes to defensive play for the Catholic High soccer team. The Bears have shut out four opponents heading into tonight’s Division I state championship match with #1 seeded St. Paul’s. The Bears are no longer the inexperienced team that lost a dozen seniors from last year’s semifinal group. This club has grown up over the last six weeks, and has played great defense to go with an organized offense for head coach Josh McReynolds.
“We won three of our first fourteen matches and that was a result of playing a very tough schedule with an underclassmen-laden group,” McReynolds noted. “But I felt if we pressed on, competed and worked on outhustling and playing physical soccer, the record would turn our way.” The Bears are now 12-6-5 and are led by junior keeper Patrick Riley and his nine shutouts, including the aforementioned four shutouts in the playoffs. “Riley has been outstanding,” said McReynolds. “He would give his ten teammates credit for disrupting our opponents’ set pieces and working to get behind the ball.”
Kickoff for tonight’s match is set for 5:30 p.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. Those traveling to the game are asked to depart hours ahead to compensate for the Mardi Gras traffic and street closures surrounding Tad Gormley Stadium.
The Bears last played for the state title in 1995, and last won a state championship in 1993. St. Paul’s is 24-4-2, and is the defending Division I state champion.
Check out these two great articles written by The Advocate’s Mike Gegenheimer.
A championship preview on NOLA.com.