Soccer Team Shuts-Out Mandeville Securing Spot In Finals
The calling card for the soccer Bears in their playoff run to the state semifinals has been defense. The Bears continued the theme by shutting out its fourth straight playoff opponent and picked up a goal in the final minute of stoppage time in the second half to defeat host Mandeville on Saturday, Feb. 18. CHS moved its record to 12-6-5 with the victory and Ben Hupperich’s last minute goal sent the seventh seeded Skippers packing.
The Bears’ defense allowed two shots on goal, both saved by keeper Patrick Riley, and kept a number of defenders between the Skippers’ strikers and the goal. “Our defense stymied their offensive organization and it frustrated them, which played to our strength,” said second year head coach for the Bears, Josh McReynolds. “Our guys knew they had to be patient and it took until extra time, but we finally found the back of the net.”
In his first season, McReynolds led the Bears to a semifinal appearance against St. Paul’s. In year two, after losing 12 seniors and starting more than a handful of sophomores, McReynolds has led the Bears to the Division I finals against St. Paul’s. The match will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. Kickoff against the top-seeded St. Paul’s Wolves is for 5:30 p.m.
Click here to read more about the game against Mandeville, courtsey of The Advocate.