16 Feb 2016

Soccer Team Advances to Semifinals With Win Over Jesuit

1995 was the year that the Internet first entered the public eye, EBay started its online auction site, the DVD was introduced, and movie goers flocked to see Toy Story, Braveheart and Apollo 13. 

1995 was also the last time the CHS soccer team reached the state finals in Division I. With their 2-0 win over soccer power Jesuit on Tuesday, Feb. 16 on the home pitch, the Bears moved one step closer to a berth in the state championship match.  CHS will travel to face #1 seed St. Paul’s in a Division I semifinal match on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The Bears overcame the time of possession (56% to 44%), pass completion percentage (51% to 39%), corner kicks (2 to 0), time of possession (35 minutes to 28 minutes) and first touches (577 to 471), and still defeated the #4 seeded Blue Jays from New Orleans.  The Bears played outstanding defense, consistently marking Jesuit’s best players and negating several pass attempts by the Jays into the crease.

The teams entered intermission at a 0-0 standstill, but the Bears struck first exiting the break, getting on the board with a Michael Focht goal in the 47th minute.  Focht was awarded a penalty kick from ten yards and the Jesuit keeper blocked the first attempt, but was unable to handle the senior’s rebound effort, putting CHS up 1-0. 

Max Trapp subbed in at the 55th minute and cashed in ten minutes later with a hard shot off of a Matthew Morales pass to put the Bears up 2-0. 

The #12 seeded Bears withstood several Blue Jay opportunities on their side of the field in the match’s last five minutes and held strong.  A Jesuit corner kick sailed too long, a header was passed to a Blue Jay player who lost possession of the ball, and keeper Will Whitehead got his hands on a couple of missed shot attempts to seal the win for the Bears.  The stingy defense supplied by the Bears has surrendered just one goal in three post-season contests. 

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