CHS Soccer Moves To Second Round With Upset Win Over Walker
Heading into the 2016-17 soccer season, pundits wondered if the Catholic High soccer team would make the playoffs after losing twelve seniors and a number of starters and major contributors. When January rolled around, that thought seemed likely, as the club played like an inexperienced crew that had forgotten about the tradition and history of success the CHS soccer program is known for. Cue the turnaround that saw the Bears climb from under .500 to a 8-6-5 record and a District 3 title. Coach Josh McReynolds watched as his team matured and found ways to battle back from deficits to win crucial matches.
The young Bears’ arrival continued on Friday night, as they snatched a first round Division I playoff victory against the Walker Wildcats at home. The Bears defeated their District 3 rival 2-0, behind excellent defense, solid keeper play from Patrick Riley and relentless offensive pressure. Riley had three saves for the Bears and teammates Ben Hupperich and Patrick Mensah knocked in goals for the home team. The Bears led the Wildcats who finished 14-7-3, in scoring opportunities, nineteen to three.
The 11th seeded Bears will move on to the second round, and travel east on Interstate 12 to Northshore High School in Slidell. The Panthers are the 6th seed in the Division I bracket and are 16-3-4 overall. Northshore went 6-0 in District 4 and defeated national power and defending state champion St. Paul’s for the district title. The Panthers are 11-2 against Division I competition on the season.
Game time is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7.
Read Fred Aldrich’s article in The Advocate.
Photos by Bobby Brummel