The Super Y National U-16 Soccer Final wrapped up on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Brother Rice forward and Golden Boot winner for 2016 and 2017, Jack Finnegan, was in the thick of it. The final was a six goal thriller claimed by Chicago Inferno, with Finnegan starring with a hat-trick. Chicago took a three goal lead thanks to two Finnegan goals and a goal from a teammate but the Westchester Flames fought back. With pressure building, Finnegan scored again sealing his hat-trick, and the match, with another goal for the 4-2 win and the U16 National Championship. Congratulations to Jack and his Inferno teammates.
The Brother Rice Freshmen soccer team made their first contribution to the soccer trophy case by winning the championship of the Brother Rice Freshman Finale on Wednesday night on Tom Mitchell Field. Goalkeeper Grant Matern posted a shutout with ample assistance from center backs Devlin Harris and Dan Berry. Matt Rogers and Brennan O’Malley controlled the midfield and the game winner was netted by Justin Hardiek.
Congratulations to freshman soccer!
By Michael Tinley ‘18
The Brother Rice varsity soccer program traveled to Wilmette, Illinois, on September 21 to take on the Ramblers of Loyola. With the turf registering at 110 degrees at kick-off, Loyola owning a high-powered offense, and the Ramblers being a fierce competitor for the CCL title, the team knew they had a tough game on their hands.
A consistent defensive focus was called upon in order to keep the Loyola attackers at bay. Clogging up the midfield with five Crusaders made it difficult for space to be found when Loyola attempted to penetrate their attacking third. The five midfielders also allowed for Brother Rice to jump on the counter-attack and create multiple goal-scoring opportunities throughout the game.
“Our defensive effort and shape this game was the best we’ve had all season,” commented Varsity Head Coach Kevin McAlinden, “especially in the first half.” The squad was able to enter halftime with a 0-0 scoreline thanks to the perfect execution of the drawn up gameplan as well as a lightning quick reaction save from Crusader goalie Neil Sloyan.
Unfortunately, fifteen minutes into the second half Loyola was able to get on the board. A pass across the face of goal was tapped in by a trailing Loyola attacker. That defensive lapse by the Crusaders stood alone as the team consistently looked to pounce on the counter-attack with Jack Finnegan finding opportunities to test Loyola’s goal-minder.
With a minute left in the match and the Ramblers still up one, the Crusaders gave it all they had, marching up the field one last time. Finnegan found the ball on the right flank, shimmied away two Loyola defenders, and fired in a dangerous cross where senior midfielder Joe Kresic was zeroing on the ball as it sailed in front of the goal. Everyone held their breath as Kresic was able to get a head on the ball; however, the touch wasn’t enough as it glanced just outside the right post. Time expired thirty seconds later.
It was a disappointing result for the Crusaders, but there were many positives to be found. “The scoreline didn’t reflect the performance we put in,” McAlinden told his team. Now, with state playoffs nearing, harvesting that defensive focus and grit that the Crusaders seem to have is crucial.
Tryout for the Brother Rice Varsity and Sophomore Soccer teams have been announced.
All students interested in trying out for the Varsity and Sophomore teams should report to Tom Mitchell field on the following days:
Varsity and Sophomore Soccer Team Tryouts:
Wednesday, August 9th: 6:30 to 9pm
Thursday, August 10th: 6:30 to 8:30p
Friday, August 11th: 6:00 to 7:30p
Freshmen Soccer Team
For Incoming Freshmen – All freshmen interested in soccer will make the team. The first freshmen practice will be held on Wednesday, 8/9 at 8am on the McAuley soccer field.
Making the Olympic Developmental Program (ODP) soccer regional team for a second straight year, Jack Finnegan wanted to make the best of his second go-around.
Just making the team was an accomplishment, but the Br. Rice High School freshman wanted to do more.
Competing with the Region II team in Casa Grande, Ariz., in late November, Finnegan scored a goal and dished out an assist during the three games.
Finnegan competing at the national soccer regional is the Beverly Review Sportsfile Story of the Year.
“Just the experience itself, it was great. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done soccer-wise,” Finnegan said. “I had a tough time last year because I got down on myself. I had more confidence this year, and that helped me push through.”
Playing on the Region II Midwest team, Finnegan departed on Thanksgiving and trained for two days with his teammates before playing three games on a five-day whirlwind trip.
Congratulations to the 2016 Crusader Cup All-Tournament team for 7th and 8th grade players!
Brendon Gleeson, forward, Team Harris
Christian Ikediobi, forward, KICS United
Sebastian Nieto, forward, Newton-Heath
Aldo Lagunas, forward, Illinois Cardinal
Congratulations and good luck in the future!
The Brother Rice soccer program will hold its Crusader Cup indoor 4 v 4 soccer tournament on Saturday, December 17, 2016, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. in the Brother Rice gymnasiums.
This will be a 4 v 4 competition using a size 4 ball for all games. Each team plays a minimum of three games. Players must wear shin guards and shoes for use on a hard wood floor Sidelines and endlines will be formed by the lines of the basketball court, and goals will be mini-goals (no goalkeepers). Each game will be one period of 15 minutes.
The senior division is for 7th and 8th grade boys, and the junior division is for 5th and 6th grade boys with rosters of 4 to 6 players for both divisions. Clubs/schools may enter multiple teams. Space is limited, so please respond ASAP.
The entry fee is $70 per team, and checks should be made payable to Brother Rice Soccer. . Each player will receive a t-shirt, so please make sure to indicate shirt size on the form. Please mail this form and payment to Brother Rice High School, ATTN: Coach Kevin McAlinden, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60655.
The Kicking Crusaders traveled to St Ignatius on Thursday, October 6, 2016, and fell to the first place Wolfpack 3 to 1. Two standouts for the Maroon and Orange were goalkeeper Raul Andrade with 11 saves to keep the game close, and Eddie Velez, who scored a scorcher of a goal from 40 yards out! Congratulations to two of this season’s top performers.
The Crusader sophomore soccer team welcomed St. Joseph High School on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. It was a very tough and physical game. The team let in a goal and was down 1-0 at halftime, but a second half goal from sophomore Pat McAuliffe leveled the game.
In the end, the team finished with a 1-1 tie. Great performances were turned in by Nick Christiano and Jack Budewitz.