The entire Chaminade Family congratulates the Varsity Soccer players and coaches on an incredible season. After a decisive 4-0 victory over Rockhurst in the semifinal match on Friday, the team had a heartbreaking end to their season with their loss in penalty kicks after a double overtime 0-0 draw against Lee’s Summit in the State Final match.
As reported by the St. Louis Review, "All of the ingredients seemingly came together for a state soccer title for Chaminade Nov. 15 — goaltending, defense, offensive pressure — except for one thing: scoring. The ball didn't cross the goal line for either team in regulation play and two overtime periods, and Lee's Summit then won the game and the Class 4 championship on penalty kicks, converting five to Chaminade's four.
"We fought hard," senior Jake Pesek said. "Kept putting in the effort, just couldn't get a goal."
"Both teams fought their tail off, and I think we could have played another hour and I don't know if anyone would have scored," said Chaminade coach Mike Gauvain, who praised Lee's Summit coaches, team and goalie, Pena, but lamented that Chaminade forwards didn't get behind Lee's Summit's defense. "Just one of those days. You're not going to get a bunch of chances in a game like this. We got a few, and we just didn't knock them in."
Chaminade beat Ritenour and St. Louis University High School in districts, St. John Vianney in sectionals and Mehlville in the quarterfinals. The team had 15 shutouts and allowed 18 goals all season in finishing with a record of 25-3-1.
"I knew we had a lot of talent and I knew we had a lot of heart," Gauvain said. "We had a tough road, man. This is a very good team. They're solid all over the field. ... We played well all year.
"We asked a lot of them during the season. We asked them to give us (all) they had tonight, and they did. It's a shame somebody's got to lose this way, but we've been on both ends of it and ... they'll be all right. These guys are pretty resilient."
Congratulations to the entire team with a special thanks to the seniors for all of their hard work and contributions to the team: Ingram Coller, Ryan Ebert, Jack Gerker, Andrew Jazbani, Greg Mannino, Kenny Massa, Nick Olwig, Jacob Pesek, Zach Pogue, Tommy Powell, Bo Reis, Jeremy Schneider, Tommy Steis, Dominic Vella.
Click here to read more about the game on stltoday.com and click here to read more in the St. Louis Review.
Click here to read an inspiring reflection about the game written by David Bader '15.