Irish Defeat Familiar Foe Greenwood

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.dubai a level escorts

#2 Ranked Fightin Irish Open Season with 4 Wins

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.vip escorts dubai

Irish Open 2014 Season at Carthage

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.

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Irish Claim Class 1 Second Place Trophy

trophyIn 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.

http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013311230025&nclick_check=1

www.ozarkssportszone.com/pages/17829883.php?contentType=4&contentId=14241330

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Irish Dig Deep for 2OT Win and Final Four Birth

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.

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9MN1ZS95N0

 

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