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.
The Marist and Brother Rice boys’ soccer teams will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks by competing for the Pulaski Cup on Sunday, Sept. 11. The game starts at 4 p.m. and will be held in Marist High School’s Red and White Stadium.
Players and coaches from teams plan to honor the more 3,000 victims who died to terrorism Sept. 11, 2001. Brother Rice and Marist teams will start the day by attending a 10 a.m. mass together at St. Christina Church, 3342 W. 111th St., Chicago. Family, friends and community members are invited to join the teams in prayer.
For the week of August 15th the Varsity soccer schedule will be as follows:
8/15 Monday – 9am to 11am in the BR stadium (Tryout)
8/16 Tuesday – 7pm to 9pm in the BR stadium (Tryout)
8/17 Wednesday – 4:30 to 6pm at McAuley
8/18 Thursday – 4:30 to 6pm at McAuley
8/19 Friday – 4:30 to 6pm at McAuley
8/20 Saturday – 10am to 12noon in the BR stadium
Any BR student interested in participating in Crusader soccer can meet with Coach Mack at any one of the sessions listed above or can contact Coach McAlinden at 773-429-4300, ext. 398.
Congratulations to the following Crusader varsity soccer players for making the CCL All-Academic Team:
On Thursday, October 15, 2015, the freshman kickers suited up against arch rival Marist. The Redhawks opened scoring early in the half with a goal past keeper Neil Sloyan. With 10 minutes left in the first half, defender Tom Gallagher made an outlet pass to Keith Gnady, who sent the ball to striker Matt Funk. Funk touched the ball and collided with the goalie as the ball harmlessly bounced into the goal to tie the game.
Marist bounced back with a goal in the second half with 30 mph winds at their back as the Redhawks defeated the Crusaders 2-1.