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.
The sophomore soccer team welcomed Fenwick High School in Catholic league play. It was a well fought game that in the end went to Fenwick. The Crusaders lost 6-2. Goals were scored by Ciaran Sheridan and Noel Cervantes. Strong performances came from Pat McAuliffe and John Mattes. The team travels to Loyola Academy on Thursday, September 22, looking to bounce back from this loss.
By Luke Swiatek ‘18
The soccer season is just getting underway as the 2016-2017 school year begins. The Crusaders look to capitalize on the great talent they possess this year. After new head coach Mack McAlinden led his team to a strong performance last year, he looks to take the Crusaders even further this year. I recently spoke with junior midfielder Joe Kresic, and I asked him about expectations for this year’s team. He said, “My expectations for the year are pretty high. We have lots of great talent and a real shot at winning a lot of games.” Joe is in his third year playing for Brother Rice soccer, and he looks to continue his high school career by capitalizing on opportunities on and off the field.
The Crusaders are a good all-around team; several seniors have a lot of skill and experience, along with several younger players who have great potential. I also spoke with junior defender Damian Ovalle, who named some key players this year for the Crusaders: “Seniors Raul Andrade, Eddie Velez, Trevor Piper, and Quinn Brosnahan; juniors Mike Tinley and Damian Ovalle; and freshman Jack Finnegan.”
The Crusaders are expected to be a competitive team this year. Coach Mack looks to strengthen the skill set of his players each and every day at practice. Overall, the soccer team looks forward to a strong season and maybe even a run at state this year.