The 15th renewal of the rivalry of the two Springfield private schools had a different feel but same outcome as the Fightin Irish defeated Greenwood 2-1 at the Cooper Family Soccer Complex. The Irish had a 2-0 lead at halftime over the #5 Class 1 ranked Bluejays on goals by freshman Kaueh Huttenlocher and senior Tommy Giovanni. The Bluejays cut the lead in half in the second half on a nice strike from 22 yards out. The stingy Irish defense and sophomore goalkeeper Michael Sallee held on to secure the 15th consecutive win over Greenwood.
After a move from Class 1 to Class 2 in the newly expanded MSHSAA soccer classifications, the #2 ranked Fightin Irish boys soccer team opened the 2014 campaign with perfect 4-0 record. The Irish opened the season at Class 3 Carthage with a 3-1 win with two goals by junior Anthony Gomez and one goal by senior Patrick Greenley in a match shortened due to lighting. The Irish returned home to defeat Cassville 6-0 on two goals by junior Ben Rash and goals by Anthony Gomez, senior Tommy Giovanni, junior Duncan Strang and freshman Zach Straus. The Irish traveled Joplin College Heights and improved their record to 3-0 with a 3-1 win on goals by Blake Weber and Keegan Randell. A host of Irish scored in a decisive win 10-0 win at home over Logan Rogersville to start the season with 4-0 record.
The Irish boys soccer team opens the 2014 regular season with a match at familiar opponent in the Carthage Tigers. The 2013 Irish split two regular season matches with the Tigers including a thrilling double overtime season opening 1-0 win. The Class 2 Irish travel to Class 3 Carthage on Tuesday, August 26th with a 5PM scheduled Varsity kickoff. The JV team is also scheduled to play prior to the Varsity match.
In a season that many people outside of the Springfield Catholic boys soccer program billed as a “rebuilding year” the Irish fell just short to very strong John Burroughs Bombers side 2-0 in the MSHSAA Class 1 championship match on Saturday in Blue Springs, MO. After defeating St. Pius X (Kansas City) 2-0 on Friday in the State semi-final match, with Senior goalkeeper Drew Rash recording his 19th shutout on goals from Senior forward Ryan Randell (assisted by Junior Duncan Strang) and Junior Blake Weber (assisted by Senior Landon Green), the Irish had a chance to become only the 5th team in the 46 year history of MSHSAA championship soccer competition to with 3 state titles in a row.
On a frigid day in suburban Kansas City where temperatures stayed well below the freezing point, the Irish won the coin toss and elected to play into the strong north wind in the first half. With a defensive minded shape that left Senior Ryan Randell as the lone forward and had Junior Gabe Straus assigned to man-mark the Bombers most dangerous threat, Stephen McMillian the Irish successfully defended numerous John Burroughs attacks for the first 30 minutes of the first half. The bombers were successful in breaking through the Irish defense with just under 10 minutes left in the first half as the Irish were unable to clear a corner kick from in front of their goal and the Bombers found the lower left corner of the Irish goal to take a 1-0 first half lead.
With the cold north wind now at their backs, the Irish opened the second half in a more offensively minded 4-4-2 shape and immediately created several dangerous scoring opportunities. Although the Irish had the better of the play for most of the second half on several near miss attacks, they were unable to find the equalizer before giving up a second goal to the Bombers. Down 2-0 and with time running out on their 2013 championship run, the Irish displayed incredible fortitude for the rest of the match. Every man on the Irish side played to the final whistle with an effort that was only matched once in the 2013 season one week earlier in their double over time quarter final comeback win at Sedalia Sacred Heart. Despite the disappointment of falling short of the championship, the Irish finished the match with incredible dignity that displayed for all who were watching the true character of this team, the Irish soccer program and Springfield Catholic High School. Well done boys! You have much to be proud of.
Follow the links below for several media reports on the Final Four.
It has been said that the true content of any person’s character is best displayed when they are faced with adversity. If this is in fact true, then the Irish really showed what they are made of on Saturday in Sedalia as they fought back from a 0-2 halftime deficit and defeated Sacred Heart 3-2 in double overtime to earn their 6th consecutive trip to the MSHSAA Class 1 Final Four.
In what was the first time in the history of the Springfield Catholic boys soccer program where the Irish have overcome a 2 goal deficit to win, Senior Ryan Randell cut the Gremlins lead in half only 6 minutes into the second half. With the Gremlins taking a goal kick into a very strong south wind, the ball got caught up in the wind and fell to Ryan Randell who found the back of the Sacred Heart net. For most of the remainder of the second half, the Irish pressed hard in attacking the Gremlin goal including a very well struck ball on frame by Junior Blake Weber, but were unable to find the equalizer. With only a little over 3 minutes remaining in the match and the 2013 season hanging in the balance Senior Ryan Randell made a run with the ball down the left side off the field and put a cross toward the right post of the Gremlins goal. Sophomore Anthony Gomez on a aggressive off the ball run toward the right post ran onto the ball and buried into the Sacred Heart goal to level the match at 2-2.
The Irish created 3 great scoring opportunities against the strong south wind in the first 15 minute overtime period but were unable to find the game winner. With only 1 minute gone in the second overtime period Senior Connor Arens played a long ball out of the back of the Irish defensive half that was fielded by a Sacred Heart defender who was running towards his own goal. Senior Ryan Randell caught up with the Gremlin defender near the goal line between the right post and the right corner flag putting his body between the defender and the Gremlin goal. Having lost possession of the ball only a few yards in front his own goal the Gremlin defender put a shoulder in and knocked Ryan Randell to the ground who immediately spun his body around on the ground in a sweeping motion to kick the ball past the Sacred Heart goal keeper for the Golden Goal game winner.
Without a doubt, every member on the Irish team and coaching staff showed outstanding character when faced with tremendous adversity and pulled together in an outstanding team effort.
The Irish travel to the Kansas City area on Friday for a 2:00 pm State semi-final match against St. Pius X (Kansas City). Friday’s match will be played at Blue Springs High School (not Blue Springs South). Based on the outcome of that match the Irish will play again on Saturday.
Follow the link below for video highlights of Saturday’s quarterfinal win over Sacred Heart.
Leading up t0 their quarterfinal match with the Sacred Heart Gremlins, Springfield Catholic and Senior Goalkeeper Drew Rash were recently featured on the Ozarks Sports Zone. Congratulations to Drew Rash who was named the Arby’s Ozarks Sports Zone Athlete of the Week. In typical Drew Rash fashion, much credit for his award was given to his teammates and their ability to “come together as a team and pull out a victory”.
Follow the link below for the video and article on the Ozarks Sports Zone featuring the Irish and Senior Goalkeeper Drew Rash.
On a bitterly cold evening at the Cooper Family Soccer Complex, the Fighting Irish punched their ticket to the MSHSAA Class 1 State quarterfinal match with a 4-0 victory over the Monett Cubs. The Irish attackers came out of the gate fast with 2 goals within 47 seconds of each other only 7 minutes into the match. Senior center back Connor Arens found a ball inside the 6 yard line off a Clark Koenig corner kick and finished decisively to take the early 1-0 lead. Only 47 seconds later the Irish made the most of another corner kick, this time with Junior Clark Koenig finishing with his head off a Tommy Giovanni corner kick. Both teams shared the possession and had opportunities for the remainder of the first half. Senior goalkeeper Drew Rash made a nice save on a hard shot from 20 yards out to preserve the 2-0 halftime lead. Senior Ryan Randell added to the Irish lead 18 minutes into the second half on a nice individual run through several Monett defenders. Sophomore Anthony Gomez finished the Irish scoring for the match in spectacular fashion with a diving header inside the 6 yard line off a well struck cross from Senior Andrew James to make the final score 4-0 Irish. Goalkeeper Drew Rash and the Irish defense recorded their 18th shutout of the 2013 season.
Springfield Catholic will travel to Sedalia on Saturday for 1 pm quarterfinal rematch with the Sacred Heart Gemlins to be played at Sacred Heart High School. The two sides met earlier in the season at the Kickapoo shootout with the Irish prevailing 2-1 in a closely contested game. This quarterfinal match will be the 6th for the Irish in the 7 year existence of the Springfield Catholic boys soccer program and the 3rd against Sacred Heart. The winner of Saturdays match will advance to the Class 1 State final four and face the winner of the St. Paul Lutheran and St. Pius X quarterfinal match also to be played on Saturday.
Follow the links below for additional reporting on this match from the Springfield News Leader and the Ozarks Sports Zone
The Fighting Irish met a familiar foe on Tuesday night for the MSHSAA Class 1 District 11 championship. In what was the 14th meeting of the two soccer programs since the inception of the Springfield Catholic program in 2007, the Fighting Irish defeated the Greenwood Blue Jays 1-0. After a scoreless first half where the Irish dominated the possession and held Greenwood to no shots on goal, Senior Ryan Randell beat three Blue Jay defenders after receiving a well played ball from Junior Evan Garoutte in the 64th minute of the match and found the back of the Greenwood net for the eventual game winner. The Irish defense of Connor Arens, Ethan Schroeder, Ben Rash, Gabe Straus and Blake Weber played a nearly flawless match in limiting Greenwood to only one shot. Tuesday nights District Championship was the 6th in 7 years for the Springfield Catholic soccer program.
The Irish move on to sectional play on Tuesday night, November 12th, with a match to be played at the Cooper 1 field against the winner of the Joplin College Heights and Monett District Championship match.
Follow the link below to the Ozarks Sports Zone report on this match.
The Fighting Irish took to the pitch at the Cooper Family Soccer Complex for the second time in 6 days against the New Covenant Warriors in a semi-final match of the MSHSAA district playoffs. In a match that was played and had very similar results as the previous meeting between these two teams, Catholic defeated the Warriors in decisive fashion 9-0. Most of the match was played in Irish attacking half of the field as the Warriors were out shot by a wide margin. Senior Ryan Randell lead the scoring with 5 goals on assists by Duncan Strang, Landon Green, Gabe Straus, Ben Rash and Blake Weber. The Junior class was well represented in the scoring with goals by Gabe Straus, Duncan Strang and Blake Weber on assists by Connor Arens and Ryan Randell. Freshman Keegan Randell added the 9th goal on an assist by Sophomore Issac Zimmerman.
The other District semi-final match of the evening was won by the Greenwood Blue Jays 6-1 over the Fair Grove Eagles. Springfield Catholic and Greenwood will meet for the District Championship and the right to move on to sectionals on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:00 pm at the Cooper 1 field.
The Fighting Irish Varsity soccer team took to the wet synthetic turf at the Cooper Family Soccer Complex on Tuesday night and recorded a 10-0 shutout win over the New Covenant Academy Warriors. Five Seniors on this years varsity squad, (Connor Arens, Landon Green, Andrew James, Ryan Randell and Drew Rash) were recognized in a pre-game ceremony along with their parents and coaches for their outstanding contributions to the Springfield Catholic soccer program. All five Seniors have played together representing Springfield Catholic for 7 years dating back to 6th grade middle school soccer.
The Irish controlled the match from start to finish, scoring 6 first half goals and adding 4 more goals in the second half while the Irish defense and Senior goalkeeper Drew Rash recorded their 15th shutout of the season. Multiple Fighting Irish players were involved in the scoring as in noted in a scoring summary below.
Anthony Gomez (1) goal, Ryan Randell (3) goals and (3) assists, Issac Zimmerman (1) goal, Andrew James (1) goal and (1) assist, Evan Garoutte (1) goal, Blake Weber (1) assist, Ben Rash (1) assist, Keegan Randell (2) goals, Joe Kofron (1) assist, Ethan Schroeder (1) goal, Clark Koenig (1) assist
The Irish begin the district playoffs on Monday, November 4th with a 4:30pm match at the Cooper 1 field against the same New Covenant Warriors. The winner of Monday’s match will meet the Greenwood vs. Fair Grove winner for the District Championship on Wednesday, November 6th with a 6:00pm start time also at the Cooper 1 field.
After suffering consecutive losses for the first time this season, (1-0 at Willard and 2-0 vs Jefferson City Helias), the Irish converted a penalty kick early in the first overtime period to defeat Smithville 1-0 on Saturday. In a match were the Class 1 # 3 ranked Irish and the Class 2 # 5 ranked Smithville Warriors battled for 80 minutes without any score. Early into the first 10 minute overtime period, Junior Tommy Giovanni found a ball 15 yards directly in front of the Smithville goal and struck a hard shot towards the left post. The shot was handled on the goal line by a Smithville defender with his right arm clearing the ball off the goal line and resulting in a penalty kick awarded to the Irish. Junior Blake Weber stepped to the penalty mark and successfully converted the PK for an Irish overtime game winner.
The Irish complete the regular season Tuesday night with a 6 pm match at home against the New Covenant Warriors. This final home match of the 2013 season is Senior night where five Irish seniors (Connor Arens, Landon Green, Andrew James, Ryan Randell and Drew Rash) will be recognized and honored for their contributions to the Springfield Catholic soccer program.
The Irish varsity traveled up I-44 on Tuesday for a match with the Class 3 Waynesville Tigers. The two teams that were met earlier in the season at the Kickapoo shootout were scoreless in the first half as both sides mounted attacks on the opposing goal. Early in the 2nd half Sophomore Anthony Gomez put the Irish on the board with a nice finish from a ball from Senior Andrew James. With the 1-0 lead and a strong north wind at their backs the Irish held on for the win despite numerous attacks on their goal. Senior goalkeeper Drew Rash made several impressive saves in the 2nd half to preserve the win and record his 13th shutout of the season.
Earlier in the evening the Irish JV drew their match with Waynesville 1-1 on an unassisted goal Nolan Cornella.
The Irish varsity team traveled to Columbia, Mo on Friday for two matches in the Columbia Rock Bridge Bruin Shootout. The first game on Friday afternoon allowed the Irish a chance to avenge one of only two loses so far this season against the Panthers of Mehlville High School out of the St. Louis area. The Irish were defeated by Mehlville a couple of weeks ago at the Gateway Classic in St. Louis and made the most of an early goal by Sophomore Duncan Strang, who finished nicely on a through ball from Senior Landon Green. With the 1-0 lead in hand and the weather deteriorating, the Irish defense and Senior goal keeper Drew Rash, successfully defended numerous Mehlville attacks and held on for the win. The second match of the shootout on Saturday morning was against the host Class 3 Rock Bridge Bruins. The Bruins lived up to their current #2 Class 3 State ranking handing a banged up Irish team a decisive 6-0 defeat in a match that Rock Bridge dominated from start to finish.
The Irish varsity have a busy week ahead traveling to Waynsville on Tuesday and to Willard on Thursday. The Irish return home Friday night with a 5 pm match against Jefferson City Helias currently ranked #9 in the Class 2 state rankings and on Saturday morning with a 11am match with Smithville currently ranked #5 in the Class 2 state rankings.
The Irish JV will be playing in the Parkview JV tournament this weekend at Parkview and Kickapoo High Schools.
In a match that was moved across town to the Nixa stadium turf field due to wet conditions, the Irish varsity team recorded a decisive 4-1 win against a Nixa Eagle team that accounted for half of the four losses suffered by the 2012 Irish team on their way to their second state title in 2012. As has become the norm this season, neither team scored in the opening 20 minutes of the match. The Irish broke open the scoring when Senior midfielder Landon Green, making a run to the left post found a cross from fellow Senior Ryan Randell and finished nicely to give the Irish the 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, the same pair connected again when a well placed slotted through ball from Ryan Randell and another nice finish from Landon Green gave the Irish the proverbial 2-0 “worst lead in the game”. With the early second half 2-0 lead and the Irish back line in control of the Eagle attack, Catholic extended the margin to 3-0 on a hard shot from 35 yards out by Ryan Randell with the assist going to Sophomore Anthony Gomez. Ryan Randell added one more Irish goal, cleaning up Senior Andrew James’ shot off the left post putting the Irish in command of the match with a 4-0 lead midway through the second half. The Eagles found a late second half goal making the final score 4-1.
Earlier in the evening the Irish JV fell to Nixa 2-1 in a hard fought match. Down 2-0 in the second half, Freshman Eric Munoz found a through ball while on an overlapping run from Freshman Keegan Randell and finished nicely to cut the Nixa lead to 2-1. The Eagles held on for the 2-1 win over the Irish JV.
The Irish varsity boys picked up two hard fought wins on Saturday to capture the Brown Division championship of the 23rd annual Kickapoo Shootout. The Saturday morning opponent, Sacred Heart Gremlins of Sedalia, were familiar to the Irish in that the teams have met on 2 previous occasions in the State quarterfinal match. After a scoreless first half where both teams had a couple of good opportunities on the opposing goal, including a shot that was cleared off the Catholic goal line on a header by Sophomore defender Ben Rash, the Irish found the back of the Sacred Heart net on a great finish by Senior Ryan Randell from a well struck cross to the far post from Junior defender Blake Weber. The Gremlins leveled the match as the beneficiary of an Irish own goal at the 58 minute mark. The Irish wasted only 15 seconds in reclaiming the lead as Senior forward Ryan Randell took the ensuing kickoff 65 yards on an outstanding individual effort, basically dribbling the ball all the way into the Sacred Heart goal. With the 2-1 lead in hand the always stingy Irish back line and Senior goalkeeper secured the win and a place the championship match.
After a scoreless first half with the Willard Tigers and the championship trophy and the homecoming dance in clearly in site, Senior Ryan Randell found the eventual game winner only 25 seconds into the second half off the familiar left foot of Ben Rash. Once again the Irish back line and goalkeeper Drew Rash, coming aggressively of his line to make several great saves secured the win and carried the Brown Division championship trophy from Pottenger stadium in route the homecoming dance.
The Varsity and JV teams are back home on Tuesday hosting the Nixa Eagles with a 4:30pm JV start time.
After a much needed 5 day stretch without any games, the Irish took to the pitch on Friday night with an impressive 1-0 win over the Waynesville Tigers in opening round action at the 23rd annual Kickapoo Shootout. The Tigers who had two nights early defeated the Class 2 second ranked Rolla Bulldogs in two overtime periods went toe to toe with the Class 1 two-time defending state champs in the early minutes of the match. After sharing the first half possession fairly evenly, the Irish broke the scoreless tie early in the second half on a nice finish by Sophomore Issac Zimmerman who came crashing in on the Waynesville goal and connected on a well placed service to the far post from fellow Sophomore right back Ethan Schroeder. The remainder of the match saw both sides create several dangerous attacks on goal and was highlighted by a couple of long runs by Senior Ryan Randell and a great save at the right post by Senior goalkeeper Drew Rash. The Irish held on for the 1-0 win and advanced to Brown division semi-final round Saturday and a will take on Sacred Heart from Sedalia at 11:30 am on the Kickapoo turf field.
The Irish Varsity boys traveled to the St. Louis area on Friday to participate in the Gateway City Classic High School Soccer Tournament. The Gateway City Classic is billed as one of the top high school soccer tournament in the country and attracts some of the best high school teams in the Midwest. Subsequently, the Irish drew the 13-1 Columbia, IL Eagles, the #2 rank small school team in the St. Louis metro in the opening match. While still experiencing a couple of injuries at key positions, the Irish opened the match with a new look starting lineup. The first half of the match was fairly level in regards to possession and scoring opportunities with the Irish playing patiently while connecting multiple passes. While still scoreless in the early minutes of the second half, Sophomore Anthony Gomez received a ball inside the Columbia 18 box off an Irish throw in and found the back of the net giving the Irish a 1-0 lead. Down a goal and with a new sense of urgency, the Columbia Eagles stepped up their pace and created a couple of good scoring opportunities in front of the Irish goal from a couple of very dangerous “flip” thrown ins. The Eagles finally converted from one of their multiple “flip” throw in attacks, leveling the match at 1-1 midway through the second half. With the rest of the match remaining scoreless, the teams went directly to penalty kicks per the tournament format. Junior Blake Weber answered the Eagles first successful PK attempt with is own well placed penalty kick. After a couple of great saves by both the Eagle goalkeeper and Irish senior goalkeeper Drew Rash, the PK shootout was level after the first 10 attempts. In “sudden death” penalty kicks, Irish goalkeeper Drew Rash saved the next Eagle PK attempt deflecting the ball just wide of the left post. Sophomore, Ben Rash stepped to the penalty mark and secured the Irish victory on a well placed shot.
The Irish varsity boys recorded a nice 3-0 win over previously undefeated Carl Junction on Tuesday night. With a starting lineup somewhat shuffled due to injuries at three key positions, the Irish found an early goal from Sophomore forward Anthony Gomez on an unassisted individual effort. Gomez applied heavy pressure to a Bulldog defender, stealing the ball inside the Carl Junction 18 yard line and finding the back of the net on a well placed shot. The Irish extended the first half lead to 2-0 on a second Anthony Gomez goal on a will played through ball by Junior Clark Koenig. Midway through the second half, Catholic added a third goal on a nice strike from distance by Sophomore Ethan Schroeder off a Evan Garoutte pass. Senior goalkeeper Drew Rash and the Irish defense registered an 8th shutout for the 2013 season.
Earlier in the evening the Irish JV were defeated by the Carl Junction JV 0-1 on a second half Bulldog goal. Although the Irish JV created several scoring opportunities, they were unable to find the equalizer in a fairly evenly matched contest.
Springfield Catholic tops the list of the first Ozarks Sports Zone power rankings of top area soccer teams. Billed as a power ranking of southwest Missouri soccer teams based on dominance by class, the Irish ranked number one in southwest Missouri for all classes. Here is how the rankings look as provided by OzarksSportszone.com:
1. Catholic (C1: 8-1) – Easy enough.
2. Carthage (C2: 10-1) – Nothing bad about losing to Catholic. Carthage’s Class 2 resume is pretty impressive: victories over Class 3 teams Glendale, Nixa and Ozark. The COC-Large competition will prep the Tigers well for the Class 2 postseason.
3. Rolla (C2: 9-1): They dominated two tournaments, and beat state-ranked (Class 3) Rock Bridge 4-3 in overtime. Their lone loss came 2-1 at Jefferson City. Rolla plays a broad non-conference schedule and could meet Carthage again in the state quarterfinals. The Bulldogs join another Ozark Conference team in the power rankings…
4. Kickapoo (C3: 7-1) – I really wanted to put the Chiefs at No. 3. I guess I’m holding their Class 3 status against them. There’s just a lot of really Class 3 teams in the St. Louis area. Kickapoo will have to get by at least one St. Louis school, and probably Rock Bridge, to make state. But what the Chiefs have done is pretty amazing. They have 10 new starters and don’t seem to have missed a beat.
5. Joplin (C3: 7-0) – The schedule thus far hasn’t been that challenging for the Eagles, but they grabbed my attention with a 2-1 home win over Glendale on Tuesday. Their next major challenge will come in a Saturday morning (9 a.m.) game against Helias Catholic on Sept. 28 in the Capital City Classic. Kickapoo and Joplin are also in the same district.
Honorable mention: Branson (C3: 10-1) Great start by the Pirates, but they had their first major test of the season against Kickapoo on Monday, and lost 5-1. They’ll probably contend with Nixa, and maybe Willard, for second place in the COC-Large.
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After suffering their first defeat of the 2013 season (0-2 vs. Carthage) on Saturday, the Irish Varsity took to the pitch on Tuesday night and recorded an impressive 4-0 win at Bolivar. With the starting line-up shuffled just a bit, the Irish started the match with a quick pace and a attacking sense of urgency that resulted in several first half close call scoring opportunities. Playing temporarily without the luck of the Irish, Catholic hit the post on 3 separate occasions in the first half on well played attacks on the Bolivar goal. Senior Goalkeeper Drew Rash handled the one serious attack mounted by Bolivar in the first half with a well timed run toward a Bolivar attacking player who had cleared all the Irish defenders and applied enough pressure to cause the Bolivar shot to miss over the top of the goal. With the match still scoreless in the early minutes of the 2nd half, Senior forward Andrew James broke the ice with a much needed goal from 25 yards out. As has become habit so far this year, once the ice has been broken, the Irish don’t look back. Senior Ryan Randell extended the lead to 2-0 with an unassisted goal on a nice run through the middle of the Liberator midfield and defense. Senior Landon Green added a 3rd Irish goal on a nice strike after a long individual run from the left outside back position. Junior Duncan Strang made the final score 4-0 with his first career Varsity goal.
Earlier in the evening the Irish JV team were equally impressive with a 3-0 win against the Bolivar JV. While owning a majority of the possession throughout the match the Irish JV opened the scoring with a nice shot from the 18 yard line by Junior Clark Koenig. With a 1-0 second half lead the Irish JV added 2 more goals, one from Freshman Joe Kofron and a second from Clark Koenig to secure the win and clean sheet for Freshman Goalkeeper Michael Sallee.
With less than 24 hours rest from Thursday’s match with Greenwood, the Irish Varsity took to the JFK stadium turf on Friday afternoon noon against the Central Bulldogs. The Irish controlled the early possession building up several nice attacks on the Central goal in the first 15 minutes of the match. Senior Andrew James opened the scoring on a nice strike off of a ball played to him by Senior Ryan Randell. The Irish closed out the 1st half action on a nice finish off by Junior Gabe Straus off a Patrick Greenley corner kick. The Irish again controlled possession in the 2nd half and added 2 more goals on a nice run up the middle of the Central defense by Ryan Randell and a good finish by Junior Patrick Greenley off a well play diagonal ball by Ryan Randell. The Irish defense of Blake Weber, Connor Arens, Ethan Schoeder, Ben Rash and Senior goalkeeper Drew Rash recorded yet another shutout for the 2013 season.
The Irish Varsity will meet Carthage HS in a rematch of the thrilling double overtime golden goal win a couple of weeks ago in a 1:00 PM kickoff again a JFK on Saturday afternoon Parkview tournament action. The Irish JV side travels to Carthage for the Carthage JV tournament on Saturday morning.
The Irish Varsity boys got off to a sluggish start, however finished strong with 4 second half goals to defeat Greenwood Laboratory School 5-0 Thursday night to remain undefeated on the 2013 campaign. The first 25+ minutes were scoreless for both sides and were highlighted by two Greenwood breakaway attacks on the Irish goal that were both saved on the outstanding individual efforts of Irish Senior goalkeeper Drew Rash. The Irish finally broke the scoreless tie on what is becoming a familiar left footed service from distance by Sophomore Ben Rash that was flicked on toward the goal off the head of Senior Landon Green and eventually found the back of the Greenwood net after being redirected off the right foot of Senior Ryan Randell with is his back to the goal. With the slim half-time 1-0 lead the Irish opened the second half with a nice strike from distance by Sophomore Ethan Schroeder on a ball played to him by Senior forward Andrew James. The Irish added three more second half goals by Junior Patrick Greenley (2) and Freshman Anthony Gomez to secure the 5-0 win.
Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams came away with impressive victories on Tuesday night at Logan Rogersville. The Varsity got the evening started with a 5-1 win in a game where they controlled the better of the possession and out shot the opposition by a wide margin. After a scoreless 20 minute start in the first half, Senior Ryan Randell put the Irish on the scoreboard with a goal off a nice assist by Sophomore Ethan Schroeder. Early in the second half, Andrew James assisted on a second Ryan Randell goal and the Irish never looked back from there. Junior Evan Garoutte extended the Irish lead to 3-0 on a really nice ball played from Senior Landon Green. Landon Green assisted again on a 4th Irish goal by Junior Gabe Straus. Rogersville scored it’s only goal of the night, however the Irish answered shortly thereafter on a second Gabe Straus goal off a nice set piece by Junior Blake Weber to make the final 5-1. The last few minutes of the match were highlighted by the inspired efforts of Sophomore Anthony Gomez who attacked the Rogersville goal all the way to the final whistle.
The Irish JV followed next with a well played 1-0 win highlighted by a first half Anthony Gomez header off a corner kick by Junior Clark Koenig. The Irish JV look sharp in all aspect of the match controlling the better of the possession.
Last year’s State Champion Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish and state runner-up Southern Boone County HS Eagles switched places in the first Missouri High School coaches poll. For the first time since the start of the 2011 season, the Springfield Catholic boys are not at the top of the polls. Only one point separates them from their challenger however. Southern Boone County (SoBoCo) Eagles, who lost to Catholic 0-1 in the 2012 State Final. The Irish received 6 first place votes with the SoBoCo Eagles receiving 2 first place votes. The polls for all three classes of Missouri High School Soccer is listed below.
|Class 3 Poll|
|3||Lee’s Summit West||3-0||51|
|Others||Glendale 8 – Jeff City 3 – Eureka 3 – Kickapoo 2 – Park Hill South 1 – Howell 1|
|Class 2 Poll|
|1||St. Dominic (9)||3-0||90|
|Others||Harrisonville 10 – Hannibal 2 – St.Mary’s 1|
|Class 1 Poll|
|1||Southern Boone (2)||3-0||94|
|2||Springfield Catholic (6)||4-0||93|
|3||John Burroughs (2)||3-1||92|
|6||St. Pius (Festus)||1-1||53|
|8||Sacred Heart (1)||4-0||51|
|Others||Principia 11 – Lutheran (KC) 9 – Chillicothe 8 – St. Paul Lutheran 5 – Barstow 2 – Lutheran St. Charles 2|
The Irish Varsity boys closed out this weeks soccer action with a 10-0 home victory vs. Joplin College Heights High School. Goal scoring production was spread amongst a host of different Irish players including Gabe Straus (hat trick), Ben Rash, Evan Garoutte, Landon Green, Patrick Greenley, Anthony Gomez, Issac Zimmerman and Andrew James. Goal Keeper Drew Rash and the stingy Irish defensive four (Ben Rash, Blake Weber, Connor Arens and Ethan Schroeder) recorded their fourth straight shutout.
Earlier in the week the Irish traveled to Marshfield and also recorded a 10-0 win. A fired up Marshfield side held the Irish scoreless for the first 24 minutes of the match and threatened the Irish goal on a breakaway that was stopped by Goalkeeper Drew Rash. In the 24th minute Gabe Straus open the scoring by cleaning up a rebound from the Marshfield keeper off a hard shot by junior Tommy Giovanni. The Irish proceeded to score 4 more goal in the remaining 16 minutes of the first half (Ryan Randell (2), Andrew James, Tommy Giovanni). Tommy Giovanni opened the second half scoring in the 43rd minute. The Irish scored 4 more times to close out the match including goals by Gabe Straus, Evan Garoutte and the first Springfield Catholic varsity career goals for Sophomore Anthony Gomez and Junior transfer Patrick Greenley.
The Irish JV team also recorded a decisive 5-0 win to move the season record to 2-1. The Irish JV controlled the match start to finish with goals by Keegan Randell, Isiah DeVoss, Clark Koenig, Austin Epperson and Ryan Horton. Goalkeeper Michael Sallee recorded his second straight shutout.
The Irish Varsity and JV both came away with a win on Thursday night holding Cassville scoreless for the evening 4-0 and 6-0 respectively. The JV team picked up it’s first victory with a decisive 6-0 shutout. The Varsity boys had the better of the possession for most of the match. Sophomore midfielder Ben Rash opened the scoring with a shot from distance off a pass from Junior Tommy Giovanni. Senior Landon Green found the net before halftime on a shot from just inside the 18 yard box assisted again by Junior Tommy Giovanni. The Irish scored two more time in the 2nd half on another goal by Landon Green, assisted by Senior Ryan Randell and a goal by Ryan Randell assisted by Junior Evan Garoutte. Goalkeeper Drew Rash and the Irish back four registered another second straight shutout for the season.
The Irish Varsity and JV travel to Marshfield on Tuesday, September 10th with a 5PM JV start followed directly by the Varsity game.
(The article below is by Dante Rebori and appeared on Ozarks Sports Zone 9/4/13)
Springfield Catholic opened it’s 2013 season with a heart pounding 1-0 double overtime win over Carthage Tuesday night at Catholic. Senior forward Ryan Randell headed in the golden goal off an assist from sophomore mid-fielder Ben Rash with 6:45 remaining in the second overtime period.
“Ben had a beautiful cross with his left foot and he’s not left-footed although you probably couldn’t tell it. When it came off his foot I knew I was going to be able to head it in.” said Randell.“Carthage is very good and very skilled. It was a tough game as it always is against them.”
Carthage, coming off the best season in their history, a Class 2 state runner-up finish in 2012 with a 22-9 record, gave the Irish all they wanted.
“It’s always a good game whenever we play Catholic. Unfortunately it seems the games always turn out the exact same way, they win in overtime,” said Carthage head coach Jacob Osborne. “Honestly I’m leaving here disappointed more so with our first half performance. I didn’t think we had the effort that we needed to come out and play with, and they took it to us the first 20 minutes of the game. The second half we did rebound and we started playing with a lot more energy and had better focus. We were able to move the ball better as a unit offensively.”
Catholic outshot Carthage 11 to 8 on the game. Shots on goal favored the Irish 9-6. Catholic also had five corner kicks to two for the Tigers. Both Goal Keepers were stellar in their play. Senior Jose Alberto had eight saves for Carthage and senior Drew Rash saved all six shots on goal against him.
“Carthage is always tough for us, but our defense played well and our communication was good, and that’s key,” said Rash. “Fortunately, Ryan Randell brought us out of the misery of playing so long,” Rash added sarcastically.
A great save by Rash on a breakaway in the first half was crucial and he followed up with a similar play to squash a breakaway in the second half.
Irish head coach Tom Guinn, last year’s Class 1 Coach of the Year, was pleased with the win.
“What a fantastic way to start the season. I’m very proud of our guys,” said Guinn. “We’re not there yet. It’s game one and we’re going to have to be patient. Our ideas were good tonight with a lot of the runs we were making off the ball but we were not executing the way we wanted to. It seemed we were a little out of sync and a lot of that is because we have so many new guys on the team and it’s the first time we’ve taken the field, outside of the jamboree. So I think with a little more time on the field with high pressure like there was tonight and before you know it we’ll be right there and we’ll be pinging the ball around the way we’re used to doing.”
Guinn also noted that the Irish have things to work on as the season progresses.
“Tonight we played a little bit too direct. We didn’t play to feed and we need to look to do more of that in the future,” said Guinn. “We also need to get our outside backs involved in the play a little more. They were sinking back way too much and we weren’t finding their feet at all.”
Carthage took the junior varsity game by the score of 2-0. Catholic will play Thursday at Cassville, while Carthage plays host to Webb City.
Carthage 0 0 0 0 - 0
Catholic 0 0 0 1 – 1
Catholic goal by Ryan Randell 6:45 remaining in 2nd overtime. Assist by Ben Rash.
The Irish Varsity Boys got their 2013 season underway on Friday night with a good showing at the Kickapoo Soccer Jamboree. The first matchup of the night had the Pirates of Branson taking on the defending Class 1 State Champion Irish. The Irish prevailed in the 35 minute friendly match 2-0 on two goals by Junior Evan Garoutte. The second friendly match of the night with the Nixa Eagles resulted in a 0-0 draw with the Irish attack creating numerous chances and the stingy Irish back four and Goal Keeper Drew Rash coming away with their second clean sheet of the night.
The Irish Varsity and JV open the regular season at home on Tuesday, September 3rd with a 4:30pm JV start time against the defending Class 2 state runner-up Carthage Tigers.
The Irish Varsity Team will open the season on Friday night August 23rd at the Kickapoo Soccer Jamboree. The Jamboree is essentially a pre-season scrimmage that will consist of two 35 minute “mini-games” that do not count toward the regular season record. The Irish Varsity will play against Branson at 6:40 pm and again at 7:20 pm against Nixa. Both “mini-games” will be played on the Kickapoo Turf field (football stadium).
Come on out and watch the Irish get ready for the regular season opening match vs. Carthage. Admission to the Kickapoo Jamboree is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for kids.
With a 1 – 0 win over the Southern Boone Eagles, seniors Blake Bremer, Evan Craig, Mitchell Moncada, Danny Renner, Danny Richardson, James Straus, Josh Wegenka, and Nick Weigers conclude their senior soccer season with a State Championship! This is the second title and ring for seniors Bremer, Craig, Moncada, Renner, Straus and Weigers. The Irish finished the season with a 27 – 4 record. Their only losses were to Class 3 teams. The Irish boys soccer program is now just 6 seasons old but boasts 5 straight “Final Four” appearances and two back-to-back State Championships.
For a complete summary of the game including videos, interviews and photos of the game winning header cored by senior Defender Danny Renner (assist Reilly Harbach), see the following:
The Irish had few challenges with the Bayless Bronchos on Friday afternoon (Nov. 16) at Blue Springs High School. With a quick offensive attack in the first half, the Irish scored early and kept the Bronchos at bay for the remainder of the game. Goals were scored in the first half by: Reilly Harbach with assist from Blake Bremer; Tommy Giovanni with assist from Reilly Harbach; Ryan Randell with assist from Mitch Moncada; and Mitch Moncada with assist from Tommy Giovanni. Review Ozarkssportszone.com for a summary of the game, interviews, videos and more photos. The News-Leader also provides a brief summary and a gallery of photos. A video of the complete game may be seen on mshaatv.
With a decisive 3-0 win over the (now 17-11) Sacred Heart Gremlins from Sedalia, the (25-4) Irish are headed to the Class I Missouri State Finals. This is the fifth year in a row that the Irish boys team have made the Final Four. The Irish play Friday, November 16, 2 PM at Blue Springs South. The Irish will face the Bayless Bronchos (20-7) known to be a very physical team. Bayless Senior High School is a public high school located in St. Louis, Missouri with an enrollment of about 600 students.
Two first half goals were scored by Senior midfielder Evan Craig with assists from Junior Blake Bremer and Junior Reilly Harbach. An “own goal” recorded in the second half was the third and final goal. Blake Bremer is credited with the goal that bounced off a Gremlin defensive player. See OzarksSportszone.com for complete coverage of today’s game and to review a gallery of their photos. For bracket information, click here. Additional video is also available at OzarksFirst.com. The photos below are courtesy of Gina Harbach.
The Irish defeated the Monett Cubs 6 – 0 Tuesday evening to claim the Sectional title. The Irish advance to the quarterfinals and host Sacred Heart on Saturday at 1 pm at the Cooper Complex. See links below for scoring, interviews, video and more details on the Monett game.
(Photo courtesy of Zach Mason–OzarksSportsZone.com (see more photos here)
See the the Class 1 State Tournament Bracket for additional information and schedules as the Irish advance in their quest for the state championship.
The Irish defeated the Fair Grove Eagles 10-0 on Monday and despite a slow offensive start, beat Greenwood 5 – 1 on Thursday to claim the District 10 championship. For more on the Greenwood game, see OzarksSportszone.
Additional coverage is also available at OzarksFirst.com
Below are a few pictures from the Fair Grove game which ended early in the second half due to the mercy rule. The (22-4) Irish advance to sectionals and play at Monett next Tuesday evening.
Irish vs. Fair Grove
Ross Harbach/PK/Craig fouled
Irish vs. Greenwood
*Photos courtesy of Gina Harbach
See the latest bracket here.