The Weekly Rundown

2016-17 Season

10/27   JV Soccer ended the season yesterday by winning the final of the Metro League Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Priory.  Goals were scored by Finnegan Stewart assisted by Spencer Graham and Luke Linam assisted by Alex Token.  Shutout to Goalie Rick Johnson.  JV Soccer finishes the year with a 16-3 record!

10/18   JV Soccer won the semi-final of the Metro League tournament 2-0 against MICDS last night improving their record to 15-3. Goals by Alex Token and Luke Linam gave Westminster the lead during a strong 2nd half. The back line of Chase Lottmann, Hayden Shively, Thomas Arndt, Mike Lemp, Nathan Walsh and goalies Ricky Johnson and Joey Keane contributed to the shut out. The Wildcats play in the final on Wednesday at Priory at 4:15 p.m.

10/11  The varsity soccer team got back on the winning track with a 6-1 win over Christian High. Frankie Sacco opened up the scoring in the 1st half, and in the 2nd half the floodgates opened up with goals from David Kerckhoff and 2 goals from Zach Cancila and Nathaniel Sems each. Assists were provided by Jack Bauer, Harry Medler, Andrew Looby, Frankie Sacco, Luke Heintz and Connor Dolan with his trademark free kick into the box. Next home game is Thursday vs Lutheran South at 4:15 p.m.

10/3   The varsity soccer team won it’s 10th game of the year by declawing the Clayton Greyhounds 3-0. Erik Bergman scored in the first 5 minutes of the game thanks to a David Kerckhoff cross and Trent Tarantino made it 2-0 from a Frankie Sacco assist. In the 2nd half, Kerckhoff was at it again and his cross resulted in a Clayton own goal to put the game out of reach. Next home game is Thursday so come on out at 4:15 p.m. to watch your team play.

9/28  The varsity soccer team won its 9th game of the year beating Principa 3-1. Jimmy
Obertop opened the scoring thanks to a David Kerckhoff assist for the 1st goal. Frankie Sacco scored the
next two goals to put the game out of reach. Come out Friday 9/30 for home game vs Clayton at 4:15p.m.
The JV Soccer team continues its impressive season yesterday with a solid 6-0 win over Principia.
The JV Cats improve their record to 10 wins and 2 losses. Goals were scored by Alex Token (2), Luke Heintz (2), Chase Lottmann and Harrison Lawrence. A shutout was recorded by goalkeeper Joey Keane with strong defensive play by Chris George, Harrison Lawrence, Chase Lottmann, Nathan Walsh and Michael Lemp. Upcoming home games for JV soccer are Thursday at 4 p.m. vs Parkway West and Friday at 5:30 p.m. vs Clayton.

9/26   The varsity soccer team had a huge come from behind win against district rival Parkway Central. After Jack Bauer put the Cats in the lead, the team gave up 2 1st half goals and found themselves losing 2-1. With 5 minutes left in the game, Frankie Sacco converted a PK to tie it up and 4 minutes later Harry Medler got in behind the defense with his dribbling and played a ball across to David Kerckhoff who scored with 25 seconds left in the game to upset the Colts.

9/20  The varsity soccer team got back on the winning track beating Parkway North 8- 2. Jack Bauer led the attack with a hat trick and 2 assists, Harry Medler had two goals and 1 assist, Frankie Sacco 1 goal and 1 assist, Jimmy Obertop 1 goal and Nathaniel Sems scored his first varsity goal. Come out today as they take on conference rival MICDS at 4:15pm here at WCA.
JV Soccer improves to 7 wins 2 losses with a victory over Parkway North 4-0. Goals: Alex Token 2, Luke Heintz, Dave Ragsdale.  Shutout Joey Keane.  Strong defense by Hayden Shivley, Nathan Walsh,  Michael Lemp, Harrison Lawrence, Chris George.

9/12  The soccer team played 2 games over the weekend going 1-1 in their efforts. Friday they beat St. Charles West 6-1. Frankie Sacco led the attack with a hat trick, Jack Bauer had 2 goals and 1 assist, and Jimmy Obertop scored his first varsity goal. Players who contributed assists were Nathaniel Sems, Erik Berman, Thomas Arndt and David Kerckhoff. Saturday they lost a close match to Parkway West 3-2. Frankie Sacco put the Cats up 1-0 in the first half and Erik Bergman evened things up at 2 in the second half but they couldn’t even it out late in the game.

9/8  The soccer team had to come from behind to win their 5th game this season. Down 2-0 in the first half, Teddy Bacon took a Trent Tarantino assist to cut the lead with 2 minutes left in the first half. In the second half, Frankie Sacco converted a PK to tie the game and Teddy Bacon scored the game winner from a Connor Dolan free kick. Next home game is Friday at 4:15pm.

8/29 Congratulations to the Varsity soccer team as they won the Metro League
tournament on Saturday beating Priory 2-0. After goalie Brandon Beat made some game spectacular saves in the 1st half, Connor Dolan hit a 45 yard free kick that David Kerckhoff put in the net for the 1st goal. Three minutes later, Frankie Sacco took a shot that the keeper deflected and Jack Bauer pounced on the rebound to make it 2-0. Make plans to come on out Thursday 9/1 for the first home game of the season at 4:15 p.m.

8/26  The Freshman team started off their season yesterday with a great game resulting in a 2-2 tie. After going down a goal in the first minutes of the game, the boys settled down, played their style, and controlled the rest of the game. Stellar defense was led by the keepers, Pierce Dunn and Luke Englemyer and center backs Will Mason and Pearson Georges. Pearson also scored the first goal with an amazing left footed shot assisted by Kylan Davis. Henry Hartshorn also came off of the back line and scored with a fantastic one timer off a rebound from the post from Josh Jones. Way to go Cats!!

8/24   The varsity soccer team is now in the final of the metro league tournament
after defeating Principia 3-0. Erik Bergman opened the scoring in the second half while Andrew Looby hit a left footed shot to make it 2-0. Connor Dolan finished a Teddy Bacon cross for the insurance goal. Next up is Priory on Saturday at 10 a.m.

8/22  JV wins St Dominic tourney for 2nd straight year with a 9-0 win over Lutheran St. Charles. Goals: 2 each for Luke Heinze, Nathaniel Sems and Spenser Graham. 1 each from Alex Chen, Finnegan Stewart and Kurt Weinberg.  Shutout from Ricky Johnson.

8/20/16  Varsity wins over Burroughs 1-0 with goal by Connor Dolan with assist from Will Wetzel. Shutout from Brandon Beat. Will play Principia on Tuesday  8/23.  JV won Friday night over St. Mary’s 8-3 With Nathaniel Sems scoring 2 and 6 others all with one goal each! (Alex Token, Luke Linam, Jim Obertop, Luke Heintz, Chris George, Spencer Graham) and JV wins Saturday morning over St. Dominic 1-0 with goal by Jim Obertop and shutout by Joey Keane. Will play Lutheran St. Charles on Monday 8/22

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10/29  We want as many people as possible at the game tonight, but if you can not make it, you can follow on Prepcast!   http://www.prepcasts.com/event/bsoc-c3d6-parkway-w-v-wca-parkway-c/?instance_id=3599

10/28 The varsity soccer did it again. They upset the #1 team in the district Priory with a 3-0 win in the district semi-final game. Frankie Sacco scored on a breakaway in the 1st half to put the team in the lead, and in the 2nd half, Jack Bauer extended the lead while Sacco added the insurance goal late in the 2nd half. Jack Linton in goal preserved the shutout. They now face Parkway West in a rematch of last year’s district final on Thursday  10/29 at 6pm @ Parkway Central.

10/19  The varsity soccer team celebrated senior day with a huge game, knocking off Ladue 1-0 in double OT. Connor Dolan hit a 50-yard free kick that slipped through the keeper’s hands minutes before the game was going to go to penalty kicks. Goalie Jack Linton made some incredible saves to preserve the shutout and earn the win.  This Tuesday we play @ MICDS and then Districts start the next week Tuesday vs Priory.

10/5 Last Friday the JV boys won vs Clayton 3-1.  2 Goals by Clayton Guzdial and 1 for Nathan Walsh.

9/24   For the JV boys it was another hard fought tie vs Priory  2-2.    Both Goals by Trent Tarantino.

9/16   The Varsity team is now 2-0 in the Metro League conference play after defeating Lutheran South 3-2. Sam Hunsicker had 2 goals and David Kerckhoff one goal all in the first half, and then they held on for the win. The next game is Thursday at Principia for another conference match.
JV boys scored a victory 2-0 over Luth. South.  Goals by Luke Heintz and Jim Obertop.  Shutout  from Rick Johnson and Joe Keane

9/3 The varsity soccer team opened up their season at home with a convincing 8-1 over conference rival Lutheran North.  Miles Hehner and David Kerckhoff led the attack with 2 goals each.  Jack Linton, Frankie Sacco, Andrew Montgomery and Sam Hunsicker added one goal each.  Next home game is on Tuesday, 9/8, at 4:15pm.
JV has 7-0 Win vs Luth North –  Game called with 21:00 minutes to go  Goals  scored by  Zach Cancila and AJ Lloyd – 2 each; Graham Pruett, Joe Keane, Trent Tarantino – 1 each. Shut out from Rick Johnson.

8/26/15  The varsity soccer team earned it’s first win of the year defeating Whitfield 3-0.  After a scoreless 1st half, junior Teddy Bacon picked up the rebound from a corner for the 1st goal.  Freshman Andrew Kempen extended the lead 3 minutes later with his first varsity goal and senior Jack Linton put the game out of reach with nice move around the goalie.  Junior Brandon Beat in goal earned the first shut out of the year.  Next game is this Sat. at 10am at MICDS as the team play Luth South.
JV soccer started the season strong by being declared Co Champs of the St. Dominic Preseason JV Soccer Tourney. The team played well and every player competed hard and represented WCA with class. The regular season started yesterday with a solid win over Trinity. The boys overcame some tired legs from the big tourney game the day before but held on for a solid shutout! Goals : Trent Tarantino 2, Clayton Guzdial 2, Jimmy Obertop.  Shutout  by Joe Keane

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10/31/14   Congratulations to the Varsity boys’ soccer team for winning the District Championship game.  Down 1-0 with seven minutes left in the game, Sam Dunne scored the equalizer that sent the game into overtime, and Connor Dolan hammered the ball home three minutes into the second overtime after the team earned a corner kick.  Next up is the Sectional game here at WCA on Tuesday 11/4  in a rematch against Ladue.  Make your plans to be there. 2:45 pm start time.  MSHSAA required admission – $6.00/person (6 and over).

10/30/14   District Championship match will be Thursday at Priory at 3:45 p.m.  Admission – $5.00/person. Come on out and support the team!  If you can’t – you can click the link and hear the play by play!   http://www.prepcasts.com/event/hs-boys-soccer-c3-d6-parkway-west-vs-westminster/?instance_id=908

10/28/14  The Varsity soccer team upset top seeded team in the District and #5 ranked small school  Priory 2-1.  Sam Dunne scored twice in the first four minutes of the game and goalie Jacob Chimento and the defense held on to preserve the win.  District Championship match will be Thursday at Priory at 3:45 p.m.  Admission – $5.00/person. Come on out and support the team!

10/23/14  The Varsity boys’ soccer team keeps rolling!  They defeated Kennedy yesterday 2-0.  Carl Simakoff opened up the scoring in the first half, and in the second half Brendan Yeager pulled his best cross country move by slicing and dicing for 65 yards before putting the ball in the back of the net.  Come on out today 10/23  for the last home game of the season vs Clayton at 4:15 p.m.

10/22/14  It was Senior Day for the Varsity boys’ soccer team and seniors took over in a 4-1 win over MICDS.  The team was led by Carl Simakoff with two goals and one assist, Sam Dunne with a goal and one assist, Sean Appelbaum with a goal and one assist and Sam Peterman with an assist.  Come out Thursday 10/23  for the last home game of the season when the team plays Clayton at 4:15 p.m.

10/13/14  Congratulations to the Varsity boys’ soccer team on their 4-1 win over Christian High on Saturday.  Sean Appelbaum opened up the scoring in the first half, Carl Simakoff contributed two goals and Kevin Stump took a free kick that deflected a Christian High defender for an own goal.  Next home game is Wednesday 10/15 against Parkway Central.  Bring your ponchos and watch the game.

9/27/14   JV soccer beat st. Pius Friday 9/26  1 – 0.  Nathan Walsh slotted a beautiful pass from the right side of the field to Nathan Scharr who cooly ripped it into the net with 2 minutes to go in the game.

9/23/14  JV soccer won Monday night at home vs Ladue 3-0.  Goals by Jeremy Yoon, Erik Bergman, and Alex Kempen.  Assists went to Brandon Beat, Jack Bauer, and AJ Lloyd.  This was the guys 4th shutout this season.  Ricky Johnson led the way in goal, with great support on defense from Alex Lawrence, Dean Karanas, Andrew Looby, and Harry Medler.

9/22/14  JV boys  won Friday 9/19 at principia 4 – 3.  Exciting game for sure ~  down three times and came all the way back each time to win it.

9/17/14  The Varsity boys’ soccer team is now 2-0 in the Metro League standings after beating Lutheran South 1-0.  Freshman Erik Bergmann scored the game winner with his head with about 12 minutes left in the game.  Senior Jacob Chimento in goal earned the shutout.  The next home game is this Friday  9/19 as the team takes one Principia at 4:15.

9/16/14  JV soccer won vs. Kennedy yesterday 2 – 1.  This was the first goal conceded by our so far undefeated team in 4 games and happened with 17 seconds to go in the game.

9/12/14  The Varsity boys’ soccer team beat Whitfield 4-0.  Sam Dunne led the attack with a hat trick, and Kevin Stump rounded out the scoring.  Carl Simakoff contributed two assists and goalie Jack Linton earned the shutout.  Come on out today 9/12 as the team takes on Timberland here at WCA.
JV won Thursday evening against a tenacious St. Pius team 1 – 0, with an early goal by Sam Spencer.  Marcus Cicka had the shutout and also stopped a Penalty Kick to preserve the win.  So far the JV boys are off to a strong start with 3 wins, no loses, 13 goals for and zero against.

9/4/14 The Varsity soccer team is now 3-1 on the season after defeating Lutheran North 5-0.  The attack was led by senior Sam Dunne with a hat trick and Kevin Stump and Sean Appelbaum with one goal each.  Jack Linton earned the shutout in goal.  Come out today  9/4 at 4:15 for a game against district rival Parkway-West here at WCA.
The JV soccer team defeated Lutheran-North 10-0.  Ashton Reeves had a hat trick, Harry Medler and Nathan Scharr had two goals, and A. J. Lloyd, Luke Heintz, and Clayton Guzdial each scored a goal.

8/30/14  Congrats to WCA for finishing Metro Tourney on strong note winning the 3rd Place game 2-1 over Class 1 Defending State Champs John Burroughs!  It was great to see WCA shake off tough loss to Priory and get to battle Burroughs who also suffered tough loss to Lutheran South.  Victory was a total team effort similar to last weeks win over MICDS.  Both teams battled evenly for 1st 36 minutes UNTIL Senior Carl Simakoff’s spectacular head ball across the goal mouth into far corner broke the ice for 1 goal lead with four minutes left in 1st half.  Good things happen more often when WCA uses full width of field with attacking outside backs pressing up and getting into offensive play!  Senior Brendan Yaeger did just that and sent long high cross to Carl who headed it in!   Most teams feel pretty good about capturing a goal before the half but WCA got greedy & kept pressing forward.  Two minutes later with only 2 minutes left…..Senior Sam Dunne dug a ball out of the corner and fed Carl Simakoff at corner of the eighteen who quickly distributed weak side pass to fellow Senior Kevin Stump who displayed patience by settling the ball while goalie came out and then easily guided ball inside far post for 2 goal lead with two minutes left.   2nd half was again a draw for quite awhile and just like the first half had plenty of Cats playing sound soccer!  Senior Forward Sean Appelbaum was relentless with & without the ball creating chances for himself & teammates. Sophomore Midfielders (Will Wetzel, David Kerckhoff, Alex Kempen), Junior Jeremy Yoon and Senior Sam Peterman contributed valuable minutes up & down the field from midfield spots.  Our young back line, anchored in the middle by Sophomores Teddy Bacon & Connor Dolan with Junior Sam Hunsicker & Senior Brendan Yaeger on the outside played together by holding their line which created many offsides violations plus easy pick ups from Senior Goalie Jacob Chimento.  Even though Jacob wasn’t tested too often…he did what goalies have to do by staying alert to make a few tough saves.  Kudos to Senior Jacob Waller & Junior Miles Hehner who both  came in late in 2nd half and added some muscle to secure win.   With 10 minutes left, Burroughs made it exciting with good hustle play that Jacob initially saved but Burroughs striker got the rebound and scored hard tough angle shot.  Despite the momentum shifting Burroughs way…..WCA held onto the ball with some slick passing & possession for 2nd win of the season.  NEXT UP: League Game this Wednesday, Sept 3rd at Lutheran North (4:15pm)

8/29/14   This Metro Tourney Semi-Final was suppose to begin on Tuesday at 4:15pm and finally concluded around 5:30 pm (or 73 hours later on Friday).  Despite a lot of good things happening….Priory came out on top 2-0!  Priory is always one the top teams in the Metro League and the State…..and our boys 100% know they can play strong against them the next time around.  Truly the difference in the game was Priory’s Sophomore Goalie making three (3) unbelievable saves that all prevented for sure goals.  Kudos to him and tip your cap because WCA boys battled hard and created many chances.  After getting cancelled on Tuesday due to lightning, WCA came out strong on Thursday and really controlled much of the play for the 25 minutes before lightning & thunder once again ended everyone’s day!  When play resumed Friday at the fifteen (15) minute mark of the first half, Priory quickly seized momentum in the first minute with 30 yard shot from top of the circle into top corner.  Midway through 2nd half, Priory built two (2) goal lead on beautiful through ball to their right forward who buried the point blank opportunity!  Best news is WCA won’t have to stew about Priory loss over long holiday weekend since Metro 3rd Place game is tomorrow (Sat 8/30) at 10am vs John Burroughs (2013 Class 1 State Champs).  Burroughs was beaten by Lutheran South in other semi!

8/23/14    WCA enthusiastically kicked off the 2014 season on Saturday with solid 3-1 victory at MICDS in the first round of the Metro Tournament.  With the heat index well above 100′, this victory was a total team effort using almost 20 players to battle the exhausting conditions to secure win #1!   Sophomore Forward Jack Bauer (in his 1st Varsity game) scored 2 goals (WCA’s 1st & 3rd) with one in each half after coming off bench to give starting forwards much needed breaks!  Both goals were huge in gaining momentum & then creating a little breathing room in 2nd half with 2 goal lead.  His first goal occurred after Senior Sam Dunne broke in on right side and fired a laser shot to far post which caromed off the post directly back to Jack who volleyed ball out of air and though traffic into back of net.  His 2nd goal was another goal scorer’s goal being in perfect position in front of goal and shooting loose ball past keeper.    While it seemed like WCA truly controlled play throughout the first half, MICDS tied game late in 1st half after a free kick outside our area & one of their “linebacker” sized defenders went out of his way to obstruct our goalie…Senior Jacob Chimento….by almost pushing him into our own net.  Despite many WCA players respectful pleas to have Ref & Linesman confer which they did…the goal was allowed.  Jacob Chimento displayed his senior leadership by shaking off disputed call and making the “Save of the Game” a minute later by coming out of goal aggressively while cutting the angle down and took shot right off his chest which kept us from going down one and instead allowed his good friend Sam Dunne to score the go ahead and eventual winning goal right before 1st half expired to give team the lead for good which was sorely needed after all players exhausted themselves to control play.   The 2nd half was more of the same for WCA with contributions from many 1st time Varsity players!  Midfielders were led by returning Seniors Carl Simakoff & Kevin Stump in the middle and sophomores Will Wetzel and David Kerckohff on the flanks, while backline was anchored by another senior leader, Brendan Yaeger, Junior Sam Hunsicker and Sophomores Connor Dolan & Teddy Bacon.  Senior Jacob Waller tallied his first minutes on varsity as he came on for Sam Hunsicker who was feeling the effects of the heat in the 2nd half.    Our next game is against Priory Tues 8/26 at 4:15 p.m. here at WCA. (The game could be moved  due to heat – watch calendar please.)

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11/5/13  The Wildcats 23rd match was the district semi-final game against the Priory Rebels.
Having come into the district game 0-2 against the Rebels, the Cats were looking to upset Priory to end the Rebel’s 2013 season.  The first 10 minutes of play were pretty equal, with no team having a clear edge.  Each team managed to work the ball and earn individual corner kicks with nothing to show for it.  In the 17th minute a counter attack by Priory down the right side created the first goal of the match.  The Rebels slid a nice ball across to their pesky striker #23 who was able to turn the ball and bury a shot in the left corner to take the lead.  Although down a goal the Cats continued to fight and earned another couple corner kicks.  The problems with corners the whole year continued for the Cats, as each corner kick could not find a dangerous spot in the box.  In a shocking turn of events, a clearing kick by Kevin Stump to relieve pressure in the 29th minute was carried by the wind 60 yards and bounced over the keepers head to tie the score at 1. The Wildcats earned one more corner in the 31st minute, but that was their last opportunity of the half.  In the 36th minute the Rebels almost took the lead when #23 once again found himself all alone in front of the net.  This time his shot went over the top right corner and out for a goal kick.  The half ended 1-1.

In the 44th minute the Cats earned another corner kick.  This was the only corner of the game that almost produced for the Cats.  The ball bounced in the box and was headed just wide and out by Reed Schick.   In the 48th minute a Rebel corner put the Cats down.  On the corner Jacob Chimento attempted to punch the ball clear but the ball left his fist and went straight up.  The ball came down and was headed by #12 on Priory into the corner for the lead 1-2.   In the 52nd minute a nice ball sent Kyle Cline on a run up the middle.  It looked as if Cline was going to be able to break in and tie the score, but the Priory keeper charged out and took the ball off of Cline’s foot to prevent the tying goal.  In the 62nd minute Jacob Chimento came up big on a corner sent in by Priory.  The ball found its way to the far post to an open man who hammered a shot saved by Chimento by diving to his right.  In the 68th minute the goal that dashed the Wildcats dream of an upset occurred.  A long ball sent from the defense of Priory released the speedy #23 for a breakaway.  He made a move around Chimento and easily tapped it home and secured the Rebel victory 3-1.  With 12 minutes remaining and a two goal deficit Coach Smith in the absence of Coach Legters serving a one game suspension substituted in all the seniors to let them finish the final minutes of their high school soccer careers.  As the final whistle blew the fans said goodbye to seniors with a standing ovation.  Thanks for all the great memories and the best of luck to all of you in your college endeavors.  #10 Robert Loaney, #11 Chase Seiller, #12 Tristan Becker, #13 Matt Sheehan, #14 Kyle Cline, #15 Dominic Franceschelli, #18 Brendan Sabadell and #20 Grayson Everhardt.  The Wildcats ended the 2013 season with a 7-16-1 record averaging 1.6 goals per game while allowing on average 2.2 goals a game.  Needless to say the Cats were always in the game.

Good luck in 2014 returning Wildcats!

10/28  The Wildcats 22nd match was against the JFK Fighting Irish.  On Senior Recognition Night, the athletic department took a little time to recognize the eight senior players for their last Westminster home game.  The seniors leaving are #10 Robert Loaney, #11 Chase Seiller, #12 Tristan Becker, #13 Matt Sheehan, #14 Kyle Cline, #15 Dominic Franceschelli, #18 Brendan Sabadell, and #20 Grayson Everhardt.  All seniors took the field at the start of the match and went right at JFK creating a couple opportunities for Dominic Franceschelli.

The first in the 4th minute on a ball sent across by Becker that was sent wide left and the second on a ball crossed from Cline that Franceschelli headed on frame but was saved.  In the 17th minute a low stuck corner from Sean Appelbaum rattled around in the box and was eventually run on to by Tristan Becker and put away for the first and only goal of the match.  Jack Linton came up big in the net in the 35th minute when a JFK striker fired up a point blank shot.  Linton dove to his left and prevented any rebounds by holding on to the ball.  What a phenomenal save by Linton.  The Cats countered off of the save and came close to adding a second goal, but Becker’s shot was saved by the JFK keeper.  The Wildcats were up 1-0 at the half.  In the second half the Wildcats defense stepped it up.  Brendan Sabadell cleared multiple chances out of the back keeping JFK off the board.  JFK continued to push but were getting more frustrated.  In the 60th  minute the referee handed out two yellow cards one to the Cats own Sabadell and one to #18 on JFK. He also gave coach Legters a warning that if he kept questioning his calls that he would “send him to his car.”  This did nothing but fire everyone up on the bench and in the stands.  The Cats had all but one of the chances in the remaining 20 minutes.  The Cats were able to work the ball to earn two corners one in the 64th and 66th with nothing coming from them.  Then another nice chance off a Kevin Stump throw in that was headed across by Carl Simakoff was shot wide right by Appelbaum.  In the 71st minute a quick change of fields from Stump sent Reed Schick on a run down the left for a shot that was sent over the top.  With 20 seconds remaining the referee kept stopping the clock to allow JFK to set up two separate free kicks.  This was questioned by Coach Legters.  With 1 second remaining the referee once again stopped the clock and told Coach Smith to put 5 seconds on the clock to allow JFK to take one more free kick from 30 yards out.  At this point Coach Legters once again questioned the referee on what he was doing, and stepped on the field to ask for clarification.  With this, the referee showed Coach Legters a red card and would not restart play until he left the field.  As Coach walked away the fans and team were more fired up than any other time this year. The kick was taken and cleared out of the box by the Cats defense to preserve the win 1-0.  What a crazy ending to the Senior Recognition Night game.  To all the seniors, you will be greatly missed, thanks for the great memories and good luck in your college endeavors.

Come out to root on the Wildcats at Parkway West in their first district game against Priory on November 5th at 7 p.m.

JV soccer won on Monday 10/28 to qualify for the metro championship finals. The team beat Lutheran South in penalty kicks with Jeremy Joon scoring the game winner. Brandon Beat was man of of the match with a shutout and several dazzling saves to protect the shutout. Championship game is Wednesday 10/30  at Priory 4:15.

10/24  In the Wildcats 21st match they went up against the Christian High Eagles.

This game was primarily control by Westminster.  The Cats applied a lot of pressure and only allowed one shot handled easily by Jack Linton in the first half.  The Cats had multiple players with shots in the first half but only one found its way into the back of the net.  In the 14th minute Chase Seiller from the defensive mid position fed Carl Simakoff in attacking mid who turned and found Sean Appelbaum up top who buried the shot to take a 1-0 lead.  The Cats came out in the second with two shots from Tristan Becker, one hitting the right post and coming out, along with shots from Robert Loaney, Grayson Everhardt and Simakoff.  In the 53rd minute the Cats looked like they put it away when Matt Sheehan delivered a ball to Sean Appelbaum who hit a low hard shot to the short side for his second goal of the match.  Instead of the game ending in a relaxing fashion the Cats game up a late goal to the Eagles in the 60th minute.  The last 20 minutes were a nail biter with both teams countering quickly trying to score one last time.  The Cats defense held off the late Eagles push to secure the victory 2-1.

Come out for Sr. Recognition night on Monday 10/28 when the Wildcats will take on J.F. K.

10/22  In the Wildcats 20th match they went up against the John Burroughs Bombers for the second time this season.

Unlike the first game the Cats just couldn’t work the ball pasted the defensive line of the Bombers. The Wildcats tried to maintain possession but the midfield was unable to consistently find feet up top or wide. The first goal of the match was scored in the 23rd minute off a rebound from the crossbar by the Bombers.  The rebound was collected and driven home to the far left post to make the score 0-1 Bombers.  The first goal seemed to fire the Bombers up and the rest of the half was all John Burroughs, with goals being scored in the 29th and 33rd minute.  The 29th minute came off a corner that was ran on to by the Bombers striker and headed home pasted the Cats keeper.  The 33rd minute came off a misplay back to the keeper when there was too much pressure in the goal box. In the second half the Cats finally connected three quality passes in a row that turned to gold.  Tristan Becker took a clearing ball from the Cats defense, one touched it to Sean Appelbaum who turned and one touched it through a gap in the Bombers defense to break Sam Dunne free for the goal.  The Bombers were able to score a late goal on a break down the right side fed across to an unmarked man to make the final 4-1.  The Wildcats will attempt to bounce back Thursday 10/24 away against Christian High School at 4:15.

10/21  It took 92 minutes until the varsity soccer team broke the tie to win in double overtime and defeat Pattonville 2-1.  Sam Dunne evened up the game after a Reed Schick pass and in overtime Grayson Everhardt scored off a Kyle Cline assist.  Come out today Tues 10/22 as they take on conference rival Burroughs at 4:15 p.m.

10/15  After nearly pulling off an upset win over top ranked Ladue on Monday

The Wildcats 17th match was home against the Ladue Rams.  The Rams came into Wildcats home as the heavy favorites with 12 senior players on their squad.  The Wildcats would have none of that and played even with the Rams the entire first half.  The game was pretty wide open with both teams trying to break through each others defense.  It wasn’t until the 13th minute when Ladue earned the first shot of the game on goal easily handled by Jacob Chimento.  In the 23rd minute the Rams had another quality chance that was sent wide by a wide open striker. The Wildcats not having many shots in the first half still managed to put the Rams on defense half the time.  The Wildcats ball movement and counter attacks against the Rams seemed more precise then in past games.  The players were looking to space and finding feet.  The half ended 0-0.  In the second half the team got to see what keeper Jack Linton could do.  Within the first two minutes of the half Jack was called to the plate and made a diving stop on a Ladue shot.  From the 43rd minute till the 50th minute it was all Wildcats.  The Cat’s worked the ball down the left to Reed Schick who crossed a nice ball that was mishandled by the Ladue keeper and was almost put away by Sean Appelbaum.  The shot was saved out for a corner. Three corners followed with great chances for the Cats.  Brendan Yeager drove three corners in a row into dangerous spots.  The first was headed wide by Robert Loaney, the second was shot by Schick and blocked by a defender and the third was headed hard by Kevin Stump on frame but saved by the Ladue keeper.  Ladue finally worked the ball back up the field for a shot that went over the top.  The Cat’s immediately countered and earned another corner that once again was struck perfectly by Yeager and found Stump who hammered another nice header that was prevented from going in by the defender holding on the line.  The remainder of the half was played in the middle with few chances for either side.  The final whistle blew with the score 0-0.  The Wildcats are heading to overtime for the first time this year.  The first 10 minutes of overtime was played the same way as the whole game with both teams countering each offensive attempt.  Unfortunately the Cats could only work for one shot taken by Schick in the first OT period.  The second overtime period, the Cat’s had two chances one by Kyle Cline, and the other by Chase Seiller.  Neither could close out the game, so the game went to PK’s.  The First five PKs were taken by Cline (scored), Appelbaum (saved), Tristan Becker (scored), Sam Dunne (scored) and Kevin Stump (scored).  The score after the first five PK’s was a 4-4 both teams keepers saving one PK.  The game went to sudden death PK’s.  Robert Loaney took the first kick and scored, this was followed by a Ladue player whose shot hit the post and went in.  Next, Seiller took a shot that hit off the top crossbar and out.  The Ladue shooter stepped to the line knowing if he scores the Rams win.  He calmly struck the ball into the back of the net for the decisive goal.  Although the Cats took the loss comments from parents indicated that this was the best game they have watched the Cats play all year.   Well Done boys!

The varsity soccer team rebounded by defeating Lutheran North 9-2.  Ten different players were involved in the offense led by Ben “Sharp Shooter” Gienke who had two goals and one assist, Reed Schick with two goals, Tristan Becker two goals, Sean Appelbaum with one goal, one assist, Dominic Franceschelli one goal, one assist, and assists by Robert Loaney, Grayson Everhardt, Brendan Yeager and Kyle Cline.  Come out Thursday 10/17 as they take on conference rival MICDS at 4:15 p.m.

10/10  The Wildcats 16th match was home against the Hazelwood West Wildcats.  Both Wildcat teams played a hard fought game.  The first half was controlled primarily by the Westminster Wildcats.

Unfortunately for the Westminster Wildcats they had trouble putting the ball away just as they have in many of their previous games.  In the 16th minute a corner kick by West was buried for a shocking first goal of the game.  The Cats kept up the pressure and were able to tie it on a defensive mistake by West.  A West defender turned the ball over to Sam Dunne who walked in and beat the keeper to his left to tie the game at 1.  In the 51st minute the Westminster Wildcats took the lead on a quick counter from the back that only took four touches to find the back of the net.  A defensive clearing ball from Chase Seiller found Matt Sheehan on the wing, Sheehan then sent Tristan Becker on a run across the middle of the field to enable a slotted ball to Sam Dunne in the box who beat the West keeper for his second goal and the lead 2-1.  With 5 minutes left and the Cats in the lead, Westminster continued to push forward and was caught leaving one defender back to cover a West striker.  This turned out to be very costly.  Normal defensive coverage requires 2 defenders back to cover one striker and 3 defenders to cover two strikers to prevent the situation that occurred next.  A long ball found the striker who was one on one with the Cats lone defender, the striker was able to create space between the defender and the net forcing Jacob Chimento to come off his line.  The striker saw the opportunity and chipped Chimento to tie the game. The final buzzer sounded with the match ending in a tie.  The Cats next game is at home Monday 10/14 against the Ladue Rams.

10/7  The Wildcats 14th match was away against the Lafayette Lancers.  Despite a well-played game and controlling the majority of play for the first half, the Cats still struggled to put the ball in the back of the net.

Coach Legters had the boys playing a much more controlled style of play, making the Lancers chase the ball.  The ball movement and changing of fields kept the Lancers on the run and allowed the Cats to earn multiple early crosses and corner kicks.  There were shots from Brendan Yeager, Sean Appelbaum and Sam Dunne all in the first 15 minutes.  Things looked to be going the Cats way, when in the 21st minute a ball was passed through the defense to the right to a Lafayette striker who broke in and beat Jacob Chimento to the left post for a 0-1 score.  The Cats earned another corner in the 23rd minute, but continue to have problems creating any good opportunities off corners.  In the 28th minute in almost the same exact spot the Lancers duplicated their first goal to take the score to 0-2.  The Cats worked the ball for one more shot in the half taken by Dunne, but the shot was saved by the Lancer keeper.  The second half was started the same way as the first with the Cats having most of the play. The Wildcats continued to push forward trying to make something happen.  In the 15th minute Chimento came up big on a wide open shot for the Lancers to keep the score 0-2.  As the clocked ticked down the Cats effort continued, but tired legs started to allow the Lancer to take control and hold the Cats in their defensive end.  In the 30th minute off a long throw in the Lancers were able to score their third goal on a rebound that came back into play off a header that went off the cross bar.    The Cats final effort came from a Robert Loaney cross that found Dunne for the shot, the keeper made the save and cleared the ball as time expired.  The cats fall 0-3.

10/4  The Wildcats 13th match was away against the St. Pius Lancers.

The Lancers held off the Wildcats offense only allowing one goal scored in the 50th minute of the second half.  Following a Lancers goal Sean Appelbaum received the ball from the kickoff and took a shot that deflected off a defender than off the left post and in.  In this game the Cats didn’t seem to be able to control any play in the midfield thus resorting to playing over the top targeting the Wildcats wingers and strikers.  The final score was 4-1 Lancers.  The Cats next game is Monday 10/7.  This is the first game of three in the Lafayette Round Robin Tournament.

10/3  In the Wildcats 12th match they were privileged to be the first team to play on the Principia Panthers new grass soccer field.   Unfortunately for the Wildcats they couldn’t put a damper on the Panthers celebration.

The Wildcats came out in the first 5 minutes controlling play and earning two corners.  Unfortunately both corners were cleared out by the Panthers.  In the 6th minute one of the Panthers midfielders threaded a penetrating pass to their striker who broke in all alone on Jacob Chimento. Chimento came up big by coming out and diving to his left getting a piece of the ball which hit off the right post instead of going in.  The Cats worked to create chances in the 13th and 15th minute moving the ball down the left side and earning two corners.  Both corners were cleared by the Panthers.  In the 27th minute the Cats had two of their best chances in on one quick counter.  Starting from the back Chase Seiller passed a penetrating pass from the Cats defense to Sean Appelbaum who one timed it wide to Reed Schick, who then took it to the corner and sent a nice driven cross into the box.  The ball bounced in the box and was hammered by Seiller on frame but saved by the keeper.  The rebound from the shot found Sam Dunne who also let a monster shot go that went off a Panthers back instead of in the net.  Somehow the Panthers escaped the flurry.  The last chance in the half came in the 37th minute when Grayson Everhardt slid a ball from the right side and found Dunne open for a shot.  Dunne fired a bending shot targeting the right corner of the net.  The Panther keeper somehow was able to dive fully extended and save the shot.  The first half ended with a score of 0-1 Panthers. In the second half the Wildcats got the wind.  In the 44th minute off a throw in by Kevin Stump, Carl Simakoff found himself open for a shot that another Principia defender blocked.  The Cats just could get a clean shot away.  The Cats second chance of the half came from a feed from Dominic Franceschelli to Sam Hunsicker that took a long range shot that went just wide.    In the 58th minute a silly foul by the Cats defense in a bad location cost the Cats their second goal.  On the free kick just outside the right side of the 18 yard box the Panthers striker hammered the kick home to take the score to 0-2.  The Cats continued to fight the remainder of the game, but could not get any chances past the Principia defense or keeper.  The Cats earned a free kick 25 yards out in the 64th minute that Dunne struck on frame but was saved by the keeper.  In the 67th minute Tristan Becker dribbled the ball down the right side and slid the ball into the box, but the Panther keeper was ready and snuffed out that opportunity.  The final chance of the game for the Cats came in the 75th minute from a combination of passes by Seiller and Simakoff that eventually found Becker for a shot, which once again was handled by the keeper.  The remaining time ticked off the clock as the Cats fall 0-2 to the Panthers.

9/30  In their 11th match the Wildcats capitalized on a free kick, corner kick and PK to hand the Clayton Greyhounds a 3-1 loss.  The Cats came out with a different look at the start moving Sam Dunne up top and sliding Brendan Yeager over to the middle on defense.  The change seemed to work early as the Cats continued to move the ball just as they did against Cape.  In the second minute a foul called 20 yards out gave the Wildcats their first free kick of the game.  Sean Appelbaum struck a low bending ball around the left side of the wall and found the left corner for the first goal of the game.  Eight minutes into the game the Cats continued to control the ball, but were not utilizing the wings to create opportunities for Dunne and Appelbaum in the middle.  In the 10th minute Clayton had their first real chance and monopolized on it, when their right winger blew down the line and into the box sliding a nice pass to a striker who buried the shot tying the score at 1-1.  In the 12th minute the Cats earned a corner that turned into gold, when the cross found Grayson Everhardt for a header off the crossbar into the back of the net putting the Cats back up 2-1.  The first half was controlled by the Cats and they continued to push forward tempting the long ball over the top.  But with Yeager and Brendan Sabadell holding down the center back all attempts were swept out to allow all players to get back behind the ball.  The half ended 2-1 Cat.  At the start of the second half the Cats immediately pressured.  In the 43rd minute Tristan Becker beat the left back defender and was taken down in the box for a PK.  Appelbaum stepped to the PK spot and buried it in the left corner to put the Cats up for good 3-1.  From the 50th minute throughout the rest of the half the Cats returned to clearing the ball and no longer controlled play.  In the 52nd minute Appelbaum was given a yellow card for delay of game.  This was a questionable call and not clearly seen by the fans.  The Cats only had two more chances in the half, both off throw ins.  One was a shot from Robert Loaney over the top in the 55th minute and the other was a shot by Carl Simakoff just wide of the frame.  The rest of the game was all Greyhounds with the Cats playing high pressure pursuit.  The Cats hold on for a needed 3-1 win.  Their next game is Thursday 10/03 away at Principia.

9/28  The Wildcats 10th match was against the Cape Notre Dame Bulldogs. The Cats came out in this game playing a more patient controlled game and the opportunities didn’t take long to happen.  Less than a minute and 15 seconds into the game the pass work freed Robert Loaney for the first shot of the game that went over the top.  Less than three minutes later on a long ball sent by Kevin Stump, Brendan Yeager was able to let a shot go that also went over the top of the crossbar.  Then in the 11th minute on the Bulldogs first offensive push they managed to get off a long range shot that Jacob Chimento attempted to tip over the top.  Unfortunately for the Cats the ball hit the crossbar and bounced behind the goal line before coming back out into the field of play.  The linesman saw the play and called goal for the Bulldogs.  The Cats kept their heads up and continued to monopolize play.  The Cats continued to be patient and work as a team to earn two corners in the 22nd and 23rd minute.  Unfortunately the two opportunities were squandered when they couldn’t find their way into the box.  In the 29th minute the Wildcats had another good opportunity snuffed out by the Bulldogs keeper.  Tristan Becker took it hard down the right side and slid a nice ball targeting Sean Appelbaum in the middle, but the Bulldogs keeper dove out to steal the pass.  The last chance in the half for the Cats came in the 38th minute on a handball call 20 yards out.  Stump struck the free kick and it went just wide left.  The last couple minutes of the half were controlled by Notre Dame, but Stump, Yeager, Sam Dunne and Brendan Sabadell were able to hold them off. The score was 0-1 at half.  The second half started the same way as the first for the Cats.  The Wildcats continued to use good ball movement to create more opportunities.  In the 42nd minute Appelbaum dropped a nice ball back to Chase Seiller who struck a shot just over the right corner.  The Bulldogs quickly counters and took a long shot that went well over the top.  In the 48th minute a little confusion in the box by the Cats defense and an un-held shot by Chimento led to a rebound goal for the Bulldogs.  The second goal still did not discourage the Wildcats.  They kept pushing forward working for shots.  Then a foul called on the Cats 25 yards out led to a costly free kick.  The Bulldogs struck a nice free kick that was mishandled in the box and the rebound was put away for the second soft goal of the game and the 3rd goal of the match.  The Wildcats still maintained a positive outlook and continued to try to get back in the game.  In the 57th minute a ball found its way to Carl Simakoff for a point blank shot that the keeper was able to get a piece of and deflect wide of the net.  In the 60th minute Sam Dunne took a free kick that just missed wide right.  The Cats pushed forward and played an offside trap that kept preventing the Bulldogs from moving into the Cats defensive end.  Unfortunately another late goal was conceded in the 76th minute and the Cats fall 0-4.  Upon leaving the game a Bulldog fan stated to me “this was not a 4-0 game”.  I couldn’t have agreed more.  The Cats next game is Monday9/30  against the Clayton Greyhounds.

9/25  The Wildcats goal drought continued for the second game in a row against the Priory Rebels.

In the Cats 9th match the Priory Rebels were able to repel the direct attack of the Wildcats and only allow the Cats one shot on goal all game.  The Wildcats lack of possession and costly turnovers in the first half led to a 3-0 half time lead by the Priory Rebels.  The Cats defense along with multiple great saves by Jacob Chimento were able to hold the Rebels off in the second half, but the Wildcats offense could not create any good opportunities to bring them back in the game.  The Cats fall 3-0.  The Wildcats will try to regain control in the middle of the field to create more opportunities in their next match against Cape Notre Dame this coming Saturday in Cape Girardeau.

9/24  The boys’ JV soccer team defeated Pattonville 2-0.  Goals were scored by David Kerckhoff and Jack Bauer.  Shut out for Jack Linton.

9/19   The boys’ JV soccer team lost a 2-1 nail biter yesterday to Lutheran South.  The team fell behind 2-0 in the first 20 minutes, but battled back in the second half.  Andrew Montgomery scored a beautiful head ball off a corner kick to close the gap to 2-11.  Later, the Wildcats missed a penalty kick that would have tied it up and scored another goal.

The Wildcats 8th game was against the Lutheran South Lancers.  The Lancers played the game on their skinny football field instead of their grass soccer field.  This call affected the ability of the Cats to work the ball wide and utilize Kevin Stump and Brendan Yeager from the back in their attack.  The Cats had the majority of play and the majority of shots, but they just couldn’t get their strikers free for open shot on the small field.  In the 75th minute the Cats were called for a PK which Jacob Chimento stepped up and made an incredible save on to keep the game scoreless.  Just as it was looking like we were going to head to overtime a cross by the Lancers thru the box found an unmarked man on the far post that was put away for the game winner.  Despite a good defensive effort by Brendan Sabadell, Kevin Stump and Brendan Yeager and multiple shots threw out the game from Tristan Becker, Sean Appelbaum and Sam Dunne, the Wildcats were unable to put anything past the Lancer keeper.  The Lancers upset the Wildcats 1-0.

9/17  JV soccer won again Tuesday evening versus Whitfield 2-0.  Another shut out for Jack Linton and Goals by David Kerckhoff and Sam Hunsicker.

The 7th match for the Wildcats was the “Blue Green W Match” verses the Whitfield Warriors.  With the current record of 12-9 in the match the Wildcats were unable to put one in the win column.  The lone goal for the Cats came in the 54th minute of the second half when Brendan Yeager was taken down on a run in the box.  The PK was taken by Kyle Cline and driven low and hard into the back of the net to tie the match.  The Warriors struck late in the second half to take the lead.  With time running out on the Cats they were able to earn two late corners that didn’t find their way to the box.  Time ran out with the Cats on the short end of a 2-1 score.  The Wildcats next game is against Lutheran South 9/19.

9/13  The 6th match for the Wildcats was against the Timberland High School Wolves.

The Wildcats came out fired up and within a minute and a half were rewarded with a shot on frame by Grayson Everhardt.  The Cats seemed to be matching the control style of play of the Wolves and were switching fields at will working to create good chances. The Cats were able to keep play in the Wolves end and earn two corners.  One in the 8th minute and one in the 10th, unfortunately the Cats couldn’t get anyone on the far side of the crosses.  The Wolves quickly countered off the second corner, but Kevin Stump came from behind to clear the ball out for a Timberland throw.  Unaware to the Cats #10 of the Wolves was able to launch his throws into the middle of the box.  Fortunately Jacob Chimento was ready and came out to punch the ball clear.  Into the 15th minute the game turned more physical as both team were unable to gain control.  In the 16th minute the Cats finally get another quality chance when a ball sent from the right corner by Everhardt found an open Sean Appelbaum for shot ripped just wide right.  The Cats were controlling the majority of the play from the 26th minute thru the 30 and finally on a long throw in by Stump were able to break Kyle Cline free for a shot sent wide left.  The first quality chance for the Wolves came in the 33rd minute when an unmarked man teed up a shot that luckily went wide left. The last four minutes of the half the Cats were seemingly on their heels as the Wolves put pressure on the Cats defense and keeper.  The last chance of the half was had by the Wolves.  The Cats defense seeming a little disorganized in the 38th minute almost let one go in.  Luckily the open net shot was sent over the top.  The half ended 0-0.  The second half the Wolves came out aggressive and almost caught the Cats on a counter.  With Stump pushing forward the Wolves stole a pass and move quickly up the left side, but Brendan Sabadell would have nothing to do with that and cleared the ball out to allow the Cats to get back.  The Wolves seemed to come out the second half more organized and the switching of the fields by the Cats seemed to stop.  Then in the 47th minute another long throw in by #10 found a Wolves striker at point blank range for a shot that somehow Chimento was able to save.  In the 50th minute one of the Cats best chances came when a ball that was thrown in from the Corner found Robert Loaney wide open for a shot that was hit directly at the keeper.  The Cats were able to work and get Appelbaum open for a shot in the 54th minute but it was also saved by the Wolf keeper.  Then in the 55th minute of the match the most controversial call occurred.  Kevin Stump was called for intentionally passing the ball back to the keeper.  The only problem with this call is that he did it with his knee which is totally legal.  In league play this would have been a call to protest on. The rule states that in order for the pass to the keeper to be ruled an indirect free kick it needs to have been passed from the ankle down. The second problem with the call was that the kick should have occurred where the keeper touched the ball.  In this case they placed the ball where Stump knocked it back thus putting the kick in the middle less than 12 yards from the net instead of at the 6 yard box off the center of the goal box.  This cost the Cats as a quick pass to the right was driven home before anyone could block the shot.  The game played on and into the 64th minute both teams started sending long ball after long ball to see if they could wear down the other defense.  Then in the 70th minute the Wolves struck again when a cleared ball was kicked back into the box and driven home by a Wolf half volley.   In the 76th minute a strategic move by Coach Smith moving Sam Dunne forward from the back paid off.  A ball sent over the top from Stump found Dunne open who then chipped the keeper to bring the Cats back with in one.  Unfortunately time ran out on the Cats as they fell 2-1 to the Timberland Wolves on a rough call.

9/11  The boys’ Varsity soccer team defeated McCluer North 2-0.  Reed Schick scored off a feed from Tristan Becker, and Sean Appelbaum added the insurance goal in the second half.  Jacob Chimento earned his second shutout of the season.

The Wildcats rebound from their Rockwood Summit match with a dominating performance over the McCluer North Stars.  The Cats had multiple chances early that escalated in the 10th minute when Grayson Everhardt worked a ball down the right to Tristan Becker, who delivered a nice ball to Reed Schick’s left foot for the first goal of the match.  The Wildcats continued to pressure into the 15th minute.  With McCluer’s players all behind the ball the Wildcats worked the ball back to their defense to create space so they could develop better quality chances.   Multiple shots followed.  A shot from Everhardt fed from Chase Seiller was followed by another shot from Seiller that was fed by Robert Loaney.  Everhardt’s shot was save by the keeper while Seiller’s shot bent just wide of the right post.  One of the few chances for the stars was stopped by Kevin Stump when he slid in at the last second to block a point blank shot.  The rest of the half was all Cats.  The Cats could easily have been up more, but repeated crosses directly to the keeper prevented goal scoring opportunities.  The last good opportunity for the Cats in the first half came from a long run made by Sean Appelbaum who worked his way into the box and hit a rocket left foot just wide of the right corner.  The half ended 1-0.  The Cats came out in the second half with more of the same.  In the 43rd minute the first shots were created when Yeager took the ball down the wing and crossed it to Everhardt for a shot that was blocked by a defender.  The ball hit off the defender and found Carl Simakoff who let a shot go that went over the top.  This was followed in the 46th minute with a chance when Everhardt crossed the ball to Becker who put it over the top.  In the 51st minute the Cats moved the ball from left to right when David Kerckoff sent a nice ball in to Appelbaum for a shot saved by the keeper.  Then in the 60th minute a passed from Seiller to Simakoff was one touched behind the last defender to Appelbaum who worked the ball to his left foot for a shot that was ripped under the diving keeper to take the cats to a 2-0 lead.  One of two close calls for the Cats came in the 68th minute when a ball passed back to keeper Jacob Chimento was intercepted and luckily was sent over the top of the net.  Then less than 2 minutes later Chimento was asked to step up to the plate again and made incredible save over the top when diving backwards on a Stars shot.  The last good chance to put the Stars away for good came in the 76th minute when a great ball over the top of the last defender sent by Simakoff released Becker for a break-away, but the opportunity was missed when the keeper was able to dive right and keep the ball out of the net.  The final buzzer sounded with the Cats winning easily 2-0.   The Cats look to keep the winning going against Timberland High School.

9/10  JV soccer won again Tuesday 2-1 against St. Pius of Festus to start the season 3-0.

For the first three games of the year, the defense for the Wildcats has given up 3 shots on goal.  Great defensive work from Connor Dolan, Alex Lawence, Teddy Bacon, Will Wetzel, Harry Medler and others.  the Wildcats took the lead in the 20th minute of the game with Sam Hunsicker sending a nice ball through to Miles Hehner who scored with his left foot for an early 1-0 lead.  The Wildcats hemmed in St. Pius but could not break through with another goal before half.
The second half began with the Wildcats pressing the play again.  A foul outside the Wildcat penalty box in the 50th minute cost the team when St. Pius placed a beautiful free kick in the back of the net over a diving Jack Linton.  The wildcats continued to apply pressure and finally got the breakthrough with under 10 minutes to go with Brandon Beat winning a goal kick and quickly playing it to David Kerckhoff.  David beat one man and slotted a nice low shot into the corner past the diving keeper to win 2-1.

9/9  The JV boys’ soccer team defeated Kennedy 6-1 yesterday.  Goals were scored by Sam Hunsicker on a PK, Sam Everhardt, Jack Bauer with two, Drew Montgomery, and David Kerckhoff.  This was an all around team effort as the Wildcats limited JFK to two shots all game.

Varsity – The Wildcats fourth match was against the well skilled Rockwood Summit Falcons.  The Falcons came out firing and within the first 30 seconds had managed to get the first shot of the game.

Following the initial shot play settled down as both teams were trying to feel each other out on their game approach.  The Cats weren’t able to get much going early, but then in the 6th minute the Falcons played a little soft defense and allowed Brendan Yeager to get the first Wildcat shot on frame.  This was followed by another dangerous chance for the Cats in the 7th minute when Tristan Becker took it to the left corner and crossed it into the goal box, but the Falcon keeper came out to make the save.  In the 8th minute Brendan Sabadell and Kevin Stump collapsed in the box for the Cats to clear out a Falcon scoring opportunity. From the 13th minute to the 20th minute water break it was all Falcons.  The Falcons were able to work the ball around the 18 yard box and despite multiple point blank saves by Jacob Chimento Rockwood was able to capitalize twice in 2 minutes to put the Cats down 0-2.  After the water break the Cats were able to move the ball around outside Rockwood’s Penalty box, but just wouldn’t let the shots go.  On a quick counter in the 28th minute the Falcons worked the ball up from the left into the middle and put another away to make it 0-3.  In the 29th minute Tristan Becker tried to get the Cats on the board when he stole a rare square pass from the Falcons and broke in for a shot that was sent over the top.  In the 31st minute a nice effort from Carl Simakoff found Becker in the middle of the 18 for a shot that was blocked by a sliding Rockwood defender.  The remaining 9 minutes of the half the Cats defense was put under tremendous pressure.  Then with 2 minutes left in the half the Falcons unleashed multiple shot on Chimento. After three initial saves the Falcons were able to put one in the back of the net to take the score to 0-4.  The halftime whistle blew with the Cats down 0-4.  At the start of the second half the Cats looked like they came out to slow the Falcons down.  They were able to control the ball in their own half but the minute they moved forward all 10 field players for the Falcons would get behind the ball and prevent any chances to move forward.  The first chance in the second half for the Cats came when Simakoff took the ball up the middle and slid the ball wide left to Reed Schick, who then crossed the ball into a dangerous spot but the Rockwood keeper was ready for it and came out to stop the chance.  In the 50th minute Kevin Stump prevented a goal by clearing the ball out of the 6 yard box but his clearing ball found an unmarked man 30 yards out that ripped a shot into the upper right corner of the net.  With the Cats down 0-5 they continued to work the ball forward instead of playing the direct approach from the first half.  This approach seemed to created more opportunities for the Cats.  In the 60th minute Sean Appelbaum was finally found in space, and was able to deliver a ball to Reed Schick who quickly got surrounded by Falcons and just couldn’t get a shot off.  Then again in the 63rd minute a Cats free kick taken by Sam Dunne from 20 yards out just missed the right corner.  In the 73rd minute the only controversial non-call by the referee occurred when a Rockwood player intentionally passed a ball back to his keeper that the keeper needed to play with his hands to prevent a goal.  This is not allowed and should have given the Cats an indirect free kick from the 6 yard mark in the box.  Coach Legters had a few word with the referee to no avail.  In the 78th minute Grayson Everhardt was able to find Matt Sheehan for a shot that went just left. Then on a strange play just from the right of the Cats 18 a Rockwood player sent a ball seemingly through the box for a pass and it found the left corner of the net for an unfortunate 6th goal of the match.  Then in the 75th minute Dunne moving forward was able to slot Becker for a breakaway and put the cats on the board 1-6.  The last chance for the Cats came when Dunne and Seiller worked a quick give and go up the middle that release Dunne for an opportunity that just missed the net wide left.  The final whistle blew with the final score of 1-6.  Although the Cats took one on the chin the fans couldn’t help but think playing against a team of this caliber will help them out the rest of the season.

9/7  The Varsity soccer team won their first game of the season defeating Lutheran North 5-0.  Sean Appelbaum opened the floodgate which was followed by three players notching their first ever Varsity goal:  Kevin Stump with a PK, Dominic Franceschelli, and Reed Schick.  Brendan Yeager finished the scoring in the second half.  Goalie Jacob Chimento recorded his first shutout of the season.  Come out 9/9 for the first home Varsity game as the team faces Rockwood Summit High School.

The Wildcats third match of the season was against the Lutheran North Crusaders.  This game was all Cats.  It couldn’t have taken 15 seconds for the Wildcats first shot.  The ball was centered off by the Cats and sent wide to Kyle Cline who took it in for the first shot of the game. This was followed up by a second shot by Cline in the second minute, when he was fed from a Matt Sheehan and Grayson Everhardt passing combination.  The Cats earned a corner in the third minute from the right side, but it was sent well past the box and out of bounds.   The Cats were dominating play but were having control issues in the final third.  In the 5th minute Cline stole the ball and took it in beating the keeper, but a good defensive play by the Crusaders cleared the ball before it crossed the goal line.  A corner followed that found Tristan Becker for a header on the far post.  Becker just missed over the right corner.  In the 13th minute the ball was moved up the right side sent from Brendan Sabadell to Everhardt who dropped a nice pass to Robert Loaney for a shot that went just over the top of the left corner.  With the Cats still struggling to control in the final third, the ball comes out to Sean Appelbaum who unloads a shot from 30 yards out that the keeper couldn’t get enough of and it found the back of the net for 1-0 lead.  With the Cats up 1-0 in the 21st minute Coach Legters and Smith subbed out all players but Jacob Chimento between the pipes.  The Cats continued to control play and earned a corner kick less than a minute later.  On the corner a Crusader defender dropped one of the Cat’s players in the box and a PK was called.  Kevin Stump stepped to the spot and calmly struck the ball just off center to the right while the keeper guessed left. The Wildcats took a comfortable 2-0 lead.  The new defensive combination of Matt Goebel, Connor Dolan, Collin Willis and Kevin Stump kept the Crusaders from getting any chances.  The new defense kept gaining control of the ball and kept working through the middle to Chase Seiller who was switching fields each time he received the ball.  This led to Seiller taking a pass from Stump up the middle and feeding Sam Hunsicker for a shot that the keeper saved by diving to his left.   Then in the 33rd minute the Cats stuck again on a ball sent from Collin Willis to Reed Schick on the left who then slid a nice ball to Dominic Franceschelli who buried it in the back of the net 3-0.  In the 38th minute Seiller settled a clearing kick and took it up the middle for a shot saved by the keeper.  The last shot of the half came when Dominic Franceschelli laid off a nice pass to Reed Schick for a shot that was saved by the Crusader keeper.  The Cats hold a 3-0 lead at halftime.  The second half started with the original 11 back in the game.  It once again didn’t take long for the shots to start coming.  In the 41st minute Kevin Stump sent a ball to Grayson Everhardt up the right side that was passed on to Tristan Becker for a shot that was juggle by the new keeper but eventually held.  In the 45th minute a ball sent across the field to Reed Schick was received and dropped to Robert Loaney for a shot that was saved by the keeper.  In the 47th minute another ball taken to the corner by Schick was crossed and found Becker for a half volley attempt that went just over the top.  Then in the 48th minute all the hard work from Schick pays off when a ball slid across by Becker found Schick’s left foot and was buried in the back of the net 4-0.  In the 51st minute the referee keeping the game in control gave a Lutheran North defender a yellow card when the player dropped Carl Simakoff from behind without hitting the ball.  In the 54th minute Tristan Becker once again not being selfish drops a nice pass back to Simakoff for a shot that went wide right.  In the 57th minute one of the only two close calls for the Cats was cleared out of the box by Sabadell.  In the 58th minute a nice cross from Everhardt found Teddy Bacon for a header in the box that was sent just wide left.  In the 61st minute a Cats corner rattled around in the box and allowed a couple of shot attempts, but each attempt was blocked by a defender and eventually cleared out for a corner.  In the 63rd minute the first real shot by the Crusaders was taken by #6 and it went just over the left top corner.  In the 66th minute Kevin Stump making a run up the right side took the ball into the corner and crossed a nice ball to Brendan Yeager on the far post which was  put away to take the score to 5-0.  Following the goal, the Cats once again have a full line change.  The Wildcats went right back to work in the 67th minute when Seiller set Hunsicker up for a nice shot that went just wide right.  In the 69th minute Hunsicker was able to have another go at it following a turnover unfortunately the keeper was ready for the shot and handled it keeping the score at 5-0.  In the 73rd minute Matt Sheehan making an overlapping run received a nice ball from David Kerkckoff for a shot deflected wide by the keeper for a corner.  The last chance for the Cats came in the 79th minute when Connor Dolan crossed the ball that was headed just wide right by Sam Hunsicker.  The final whistle blows with the Cats coasting to a 5-0 victory.

9/3  The JV soccer team defeated St. Charles High School 11-0.  Goals were scored by Nate Appelbaum, Andrew Looby, Jack Bauer, Drew Montgomery, and David Kerckhoff.  David had a hat trick, with Jack Linton getting a shutout in his first game of the year!

The Varsity  Wildcats second match was against the Priory Rebels. They fell 1-2 in double overtime.

The Rebels started with the ball and immediately dumped it deep into the Wildcats end.    For the first 4 minutes of play each team was trying to feel each other out and maintain possession.  By the 5th minute of play the Cats had started to lock the Rebels in their own end and create chances for themselves.  The first shot came from Sean Appelbaum, but was handled by the keeper.  Into the 8th minute the Rebels continued to just clear the ball out of pressure as the Cat’s seemed to have the majority of the play.  In the 10th minute Priory gained control of the ball in their own end and were no threat to the Cats.   In the 11th minute the Rebels finally worked the ball to the left corner for a cross that went across the goal mouth untouched by anyone and could have easily been the first goal of the match.  The second shot for the Wildcats came in the 15th minute when Brendan Yeager dropped a pass back from the left corner to Sam Dunne having moved up from defense to hit a 30 yard bomb that went over the top.  The next few minutes were all Cats. In the 17th minute Matt Sheehan sent a ball to Grayson Everhardt who fed Tristan Becker down the right side, who beat the last defender and slipped the ball past the keeper to give the Cats the lead 1-0.  Then in the 19th minute the same type of play gave the Cats another good chance. Kyle Cline sent the ball Becker who then sent Everhardt on the same run but the shot went just over the top.  The Rebels finally got their first shot in the 20th minute but it went wide right.  In the 22nd minute Carl Simakoff sent a pass through the Rebel defense and released Becker for a breakaway that was stopped by the aware keeper after Becker took his first touch.  In the 32nd minute Brendan Yeager saved the Cats by preventing a certain goal when he cleared the ball out of bounds on an open net opportunity for the Rebels. The last three minutes of the half were all Cats.  A counter from Dunne to Chase Seiller who slotted Everhardt for a shot was punched over the top by the Rebel keeper. Two more shots occurred before the half on Rebel turnovers. Reed Schick and Sean Appelbaum found themselves open for two shots, but both were held by the Rebel keeper.  Wildcats are up 1-0 at half.  The second half started with Rebel pressure that escalated to a shot by #12 in the 42 minute that clanked off the left post.  This was the second close call for the Cats.  The Rebel kept the momentum going into the 50th minute preventing the Cats from getting anything going. The Wildcats first chance of the second half came in the 60th minute when Reed Schick sent Brendan Yeager on a run up the left side.  Yeager then crossed the ball to Everhardt who dropped a pass back to Simakoff just outside the 18 for a shot that went over the top.  Twenty minutes into the half the Cats started to pressure the Rebels with a shots by Reed Schick and Sean Appelbaum. Both shots were held by the Rebel keeper.  In the 70th the Cats created another chance when Chase Seiller stole the ball from a rebel striker passed it to Carl Simakoff who sent Everhardt on a run down the left side.  Grayson then looked across and found Seiller making a run up the right for a shot that was sent over the top.  This seemed to fire the cats up.  In the 74th minute another chance came from Kyle Cline to Robert Loaney, who headed the ball down to the corner off of Cline’s cross and was somehow saved by the Rebel keeper.  Into the 85th minute the Cats worked hard and were able to get Sam Dunne and Sean Appelbaum open for two more shots.  With three minutes left in regulation the Rebels pressure the Cats and were able to earn a corner.  The corner was taken and the ball somehow slipped untouched between the Wildcat defender and the inside post for a goal.  This tied the game at one.  Regulation ended 1-1 so the Wildcats headed to their first overtime game of the year.  In the first overtime each team had one quality chance to win the game.  For the Rebels it came on a point blank shot by #10 that Jacob Chimento deflected out over the net.  The Cats chance came in the 9th minute of the first overtime when Sam Dunne sent a long free kick into the box that Tristan Becker was able to get his head on and almost put it past the Rebel keeper.   The first 10 minute overtime ended with no goals so we were on to double overtime.  In the first minute of the second overtime the Wildcats had their only opportunity.  Applebaum worked his way into the box and slid the ball to Reed Schick who took a shot that was blocked by the Rebel defense out for a corner.  With 5 minutes left to go Kevin Stump and Brendan Sabadell locked down the defense to keep the Rebels from scoring.  When with 1:30 seconds left in the second overtime the ball found its way to an unmarked Rebel at the top of the 18 that crushed a shot off the crossbar back into play.  With Chimento down from trying to save the initial shot, Sam Dunne tried to take the rebound off his chest and shield it for Chimento to grab, but the ball hit off Dunne to hard and ended up in the net, for an own goal. This was another heartbreaker for the Wildcats, as they fell 1-2 in double overtime on an own goal. 

 

Boys Soccer Coaches

Dan Legters
Head Coach

Warren Smith
Assistant Coach
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Bill Lawrence
Head JV Coach

Judy Pritchett
Assistant JV Coach