Soccer Bears Headed To The Semifinals
When the 2016-2017 soccer season opened, the pundits were not expecting much from the Bears. The team was coming off a semifinal playoff run, but lost twelve seniors and had to start seven sophomores on a regular basis as this year’s season got underway. Good thing the soccer ballers ignored the pundits.
CHS attacked from the opening whistle and put pressure on Brother Martin, scoring an an early goal from Patrick Mensah in the 17th minute. Mensah chased down a ball that hugged the far sideline, outhustled a Crusader defender and hit a shot past the keeper for the 1-0 lead. The Bears stayed on the attack and spent over thirty minutes on the Brother Martin side of the field in the first half.
In the second half, the Bears fended off constant pressure from the Crusader offense, and Patrick Riley had several saves in the box. A Brother Martin goal was waved off in the 55th minute due to a foul on the visitors, and the Bears’ defense kept the Crusaders at bay for the rest of the half. CHS raised its record to 11-6-5 with the quarterfinal win.
The Bears have allowed zero goals in their three post-season games and Patrick Mensah has four goals in the three games.
The Bears will head to the semifinals for the second consecutive year. They will face the winner of #2 seed Lafayette and #7 seed Mandeville on the road. Date and time will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Check out The Advocate’s article on the match.