Soccer Update

Cal L'Hommedieu '23, Editor

The back half of September was challenging for the Ravens soccer team due to illness and injuries hitting during some of the hardest games of the season. At the end of the St. Dominic Tournament, some members of the team started to feel what we call “the plague.” Symptoms included 2-3 days of extreme fatigue and congestion. Throughout most of the early games this season, we had at least two people out due to illness. 

We battled at Whitfield and took one of the best Class 3 teams to overtime after being denied a game-winning header on the goal line. Although we lost that game 2-1, we knew we were starting to gel as a squad. After cruising to an 8-0 victory against Lutheran North, our next game was another very hard one at De Smet, which we lost 2-1, but we played hard the entire game and felt it could’ve gone either way. Next, we went to Bayless and won 5-0 against a gritty team. In arguably our biggest game of the year, we beat Burroughs 2-1 at Burroughs. The game is an annual gauge of two of the best small school teams. This was the same Burroughs team who made a deep run in Class 4 last year. After Burroughs, we played Duchesne at home and won 2-0 in what wasn’t our best performance. 

We are through the hardest part of our schedule and have a very good chance of winning the rest of the games this season. If we win all three Metro League games left, we will either finish top of the conference or share the top with Burroughs. This would be the team’s first Metro League victory since 2019. We would also have a much higher seed going into districts, which may help us to win our first-ever Class 4 district game. Fan support has been shown to really help this team perform. Please continue to come out and cheer us on.