Soccer Team Finishes 2017 Season As State Runners-Up
The Bears advanced to the Division I soccer title game against top-seeded St. Paul’s with great defensive play, opportunistic play on offense, and by creating their own luck. The run to the championship game ended with a 5-1 loss to St. Paul’s last Friday, Feb. 24, at Tad Gormley in New Orleans.
Second year coach Josh McReynolds was proud when talking about his team after the match. “One game does not make a season. Sure, we did not get the job done tonight. Getting here is very tough and we accomplished a ton in our journey to the state championship game,” said McReynolds. “We were the lowest seed to make the finals in any division. Our guys turned the record around in the last six weeks and beat higher seeded teams in three matches in the playoffs. We allowed zero goals in the post-season until tonight.”
The Bears entered the season with trepidation after losing twelve seniors and playing one of the toughest schedules in the state in any division. The Bears captured a district championship and learned to be better teammates along the way. They built a reputation as a physical bunch that refused to lose and fought back to tie a solid University High side in its final tuneup game before the playoffs. “The most rewarding thing for me is seeing the development and growth of the team,” commented McReynolds. “At some point, we put aside individual goals and started pulling in the same direction. Their effort, hard work and persistence on the field, in the weight room, and at practice helped bring things together. I am proud of them and grateful for their commitment to the coaching staff, the program, Catholic High and each other. It is a season everyone will remember.”
Catholic soccer fans are already looking forward to next season and winning it all in 2018.