Varsity Soccer Season Recap
by: Head Coach Brian Schaeper
The 2017 season saw the Bombers win the Jesuit Cup and District Championships. Notable wins included defeating the three time defending state champion St. Ignatius 4-2, district champion Centerville 4-0, and always formidable Mason twice. St. Xavier saw its tournament run come to a close in the round of 16 in a 2-1 double overtime loss. The season was not all smooth sailing, as St. Xavier was challenged by the toughest teams in the City and state. It took some time to find the right lineup and come together to play as one unit. At one point the team had a record of 2-3-4, but the work paid off as the bombers finished the season winning 9 of their last 11 games. That second half of the season shows why 2017 was a success – the team got better. At St. Xavier success is defined by growth, and 2017 was a season of growth:
- Players got better. There were great individual stories in the 2017 season, like senior Adam Arar who went from being a JV sub the year before to a varsity starter who anchored the middle of the field.
- Players developed essential person traits, like leadership and work ethic. Senior Bailey Lach, a talented soccer player committed to Wright State University, took on a new role as center back and led the team as a senior captain. Senior co-captain Will Watkins willed the team to success through his example of maximum effort every time he stepped on the field.
- The team came together and learned to be a part of something bigger than themselves. The success on the field was due in large part to their work off the field to develop close friendships with each other. Near the end of the season Senior co-captain and goalkeeper Lucas Marshal spoke to the program about the brotherhood he discovered through St. Xavier Soccer.
So when players get better on and off the field and a unified team is formed, it makes for a great journey. Such was the 2017 soccer season for the St. Xavier Soccer Bombers.
The program thanks the 2017 soccer seniors (Class of 2018) and their parents for their contributions to the program. Those seniors include: Lucas Marshall, Charlie Stutz, Bailey Lach, Eddie Weber, Will Watkins, Nick Meyer, Josh Besl, Adam Scheidler, Nathan Iker, Conor Faulhaber, Adam Arar, Nick Bach, Nathan Neal, Marcus Bauer, Simba Mandizha and Andrew Warman.
The Varsity Soccer Bombers (11-5-4) traveled to Monroe HS on a night that featured steady rain throughout the match vs. Anderson HS (19-1-0) in the OHSAA Div. I Regional Semi Finals. St. Xavier advanced after a first round bye and wins over LaSalle (2-1), Mason (1-0) and Loveland (3-2). The Redskins advanced with wins over Withrow (9-0), Mt. Healthy (9-0), Sycamore (2-1) and Carroll (2-1) in double overtime. The Bombers were voted as the #5 seed in the SW District while Anderson was voted as the #2 seed. The Redskins beat St. Xavier earlier in the regular season at Anderson by a score of 2-1.
The 1st half was a back and forth match as each team created chances at the start but nothing that put a notch on the scoreboard. The Bombers did start applying more pressure in the Anderson half of the field in the middle of the half and did earn 2 corner kicks that were cleared by the Redskins. Anderson took its turn applying the pressure and found a good opportunity but senior GK Lucas Marshall was there for a save with just over 11 minutes left in the 1st half. St. Xavier earned their third corner kick of the half with just over 5 minutes left in the half and junior Craig Wellens took the kick and crossed to the back post. Junior Gino Geiser got a head on it back to senior Adam Arar who fired home a shot that found the back of the net to put the Bombers ahead 1-0 with 4:46 left. The St. Xavier defense kept it that way until halftime.
The 2nd half started with a Bombers chance that found the crossbar and stayed out and then a flurry of Anderson scoring chances which they finally converted with a goal with 33:15 left in the game to make it a 1-1 score. St. Xavier responded with some chances of their own as junior Matthew Sutton had a shot sail just over the crossbar and senior Nick Bach had a shot sail just wide off of a corner kick set. Marshall came up with another big save at the 13:30 mark to keep the score tied at 1. St. Xavier kept the pressure on the Anderson defense but could not find the back of the net. Anderson made a nice counter attack with 2:30 left in the 2nd half but the Bombers defense fought it off and kept the Redskins off the scoreboard. Anderson then earned a corner kick with 1:18 remaining but the St. Xavier defense cleared and the Bombers offense created a counter attack chance but could not convert as the Anderson GK picked up the loose ball. The game remained tied at 1 and the game moved to a sudden victory overtime period of 15 minutes to determine the winner.
The Bombers came out and controlled the tempo in the beginning of the sudden victory period but then Anderson counter attacked and earned a corner that the St. Xavier defense cleared. The Bombers gained an offensive attack when senior Will Watkins attack and cross went past the goalkeeper in the box but there was no St. Xavier player there to finish it off with 12:00 left in the extra period. Marshall came up with another diving save with 7:30 left in the first extra period to keep the game tied at 1. With 4:39 left, Geiser was on the attack and was taken down from behind from 33 yards out which resulted in a yellow card for the Redskins but Wellens' free kick was scooped up by the Anderson goalkeeper. The Redskins came back down and created a chance but senior Bailey Lach made a nice defensive play by blocking a shot and clearing it out of the Bombers' defensive end with 3:15 left in the first extra period. Anderson created another chance with a corner kick with 15 seconds left in the period but could not convert to keep it 1-1. The game moved to a 2nd 15 minute sudden victory period where Anderson scored with 12:35 left to take the victory 2-1.
With the loss, the Bombers end the season with a 11-5-4 record and advanced to the OHSAA Div. I Regional Semi Finals for the first time since 2014. They finished 2nd in the GCL South with a 3-2-1 record and played one of the toughest schedules in the State of Ohio. They won the 2017 Jesuit Cup, the first in school history, with victories over then #1 nationally ranked St. Ignatius and then Toledo St. John's. The seniors had a great career and will be missed. Those seniors include: Lucas Marshall, Charlie Stutz, Bailey Lach, Eddie Weber, Will Watkins, Nick Meyer, Josh Besl, Adam Scheidler, Nathan Iker, Conor Faulhaber, Adam Arar, Nick Bach, Nathan Neal, Marcus Bauer, Simba Mandizha and Andrew Warman.
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The Varsity Soccer Bombers headed back to Princeton HS on Saturday night for their OHSAA Div. I District Final game vs. Loveland on a cold evening. St. Xavier defeated Mason HS by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday at Princeton HS to advance to the District Finals. The Bombers beat LaSalle in the 2nd round by a score of 2-1 at home after a bye in the 1st round. St. Xavier was voted as the number 5 seed in the southwest district while Loveland was voted the number 10 seed. The Tigers took down Middletown (2-0), Turpin (2-1 in SO), and Fairfield (3-0) to get to the District Final game.
The Bombers and Tigers had played regularly in the regular season in the past but did not play during the 2017 regular season. St. Xavier finished the regular season with an 8-4-4 overall record and a 3-2-1 record in the GCL. Loveland finished with a 9-6-1 overall record and a 4-3-0 record in the ECC.
The game started in a back and forth fashion with neither team able to muster any good chances early. With 26 minutes left in the 1st half, the Bombers took a 1-0 lead when junior Matthew Sutton made a cross to classmate Gino Geiser who found the back of the net. The Tigers kept the pressure on as they scored an equalizer with just 7 minutes left in the opening half to make it a 1-1 game. The Bombers responded quickly as the action picked up at the end of the half. Senior Nathan Neal played a ball over the top to classmate Will Watkins who found the back of the net to put St. Xavier ahead 2-1 just before the half.
The Bombers took the 2-1 lead to the second half and held it until Loveland came up with another equalizer with 22 minutes left in the game to make it 2-2. Both teams created a couple of chances but nothing that would lead to the go ahead goal until 11 minutes left. Junior Luke Rockwood took a throw in deep in Loveland's defensive half and launched it inside the box where Neal was able to get his head on the ball and it found the back of the net off the deflection to put St. Xavier ahead 3-2. The defense and senior GK Lucas Marshall held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way to seal the 3-2 win.
With the win, the Bombers claim the program's 18th OHSAA Div. I District Title and first since 2014. They advance to the Regional Semi-Finals where they will face #2 seeded Anderson HS on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm at Monroe High School. St. Xavier and the Redskins met early in the regular season on August 22 at Anderson where the Redskins won 2-1. Anderson finished the regular season 15-1-0 overall and a perfect 7-0-0 in the ECC.
After a commanding 2-1 victory in the second round against GCL rival, the LaSalle Lancers, the varsity soccer team played Mason for a third round matchup on Tuesday night. The match was played at Princeton High School on a brisk fall evening. Neither team wanted their season to end this soon. Therefore, both teams came out playing hard and fast.
The boys in blue scored first just over twelve minutes into the game. The goal came off of a rebound from a shot from senior Will Watkins. Junior striker Gino Geyser finished it off kicking it past the goalie to make the score 1-0 Bombers. Senior goaltender Lucas Marshall made a few crucial saves in the remaining minutes to allow St. Xavier to head to halftime with a one goal lead. Marshall would make another huge save 14 minutes into the second half as well. From there, while Mason had a few more good chances, the defense stayed strong. They forced a shut out, helping to give the team a strong 1-0 victory.
With the win, the St. Xavier Varsity Soccer team won the OHSAA Division I Southwest Cincinnati 3 Sectional Finals. Their next match will be in the OHSAA District Finals Saturday at Princeton. The game will be played at 7:00 against the #10 seeded Loveland Tigers. The Bombers are yet to play them this season but look forward to playing another tough opponent in their run for another State Championship.
The Varsity Soccer Bombers finished the regular season 8-4-4 overall and 3-2-1 (10 pts) in the GCL South. After a 2nd place finish in the GCL South, they were voted as the #5 seed in the OHSAA Div I SW District Tournament bracket. They elected to take a bye into the 2nd round. The Lancers of LaSalle were voted as the #14 seed and elected the 1st round slot with St. Xavier in the 2nd round. They beat Hamilton HS on Tuesday evening by a score of 4-2 to advance out of the 1st round and set up Saturday night's game at St. Xavier Stadium vs. the Bombers.
St. Xavier came out strong in the 1st half and controlled the tempo for most of the half. The Bombers struck early as senior Nathan Neal sent a ball into the Lancers box to classmate Will Watkins who then crossed it to junior Matthew Sutton who put it past LaSalle's goalie for the 1-0 lead only 7 minutes into the match. St. Xavier kept the pressure on but they hit the crossbar once and the side posts a couple of times which kept them off the scoreboard for the rest of the half. The Bombers defense anchored by senior Bailey Lach and senior GK Lucas Marshall kept the Lancers off the scoreboard to keep it a 1-0 game at halftime.
The 2nd half was a different story as the Lancers started the half controlling the tempo and creating chances. They finally found the back of the net with 21:17 left in the game on a head ball that tied the game at 1. St. Xavier did not let that deter them as they took back control of the match which had turned very physical. There were a total of 7 yellow cards issued during the match. The Bombers struck back 5 minutes after the LaSalle goal when junior Luke Rockwood crossed the ball into the middle and classmate Craig Wellens nailed a shot to the back of the net to give St. Xavier the 2-1 lead. The St. Xavier defense dug in and kept the Lancers off the scoreboard for the final 16:11 to seal the 2-1 victory.
With the win, the Bombers advance to the OHSAA Div. I SW District Cincinnati 3 Sectional Final game where they will face the #3 seed Mason Comets (10-5-2) on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 pm at Princeton HS. Mason beat Princeton 5 to 1 on Saturday to advance to Tuesday’s game. The Bombers and Comets met earlier in the season at St. Xavier Stadium on September 23 in a match where St. Xavier won 2-1. Mason finished the season ranked #3 in the Cincinnati.com City Poll and the Bombers finished ranked #5.
The Varsity Soccer Bombers traveled to Centerville HS on Saturday for a morning match vs. the Elks. St. Xavier entered the match with a 6-4-4 record while Centerville entered with a 10-1-3 record with their lone loss coming to Lakota East on September 5. Since then, they remained unbeaten in 7 straight matches. The Bombers were riding a 2 match win streak after wins over Walnut Hills and Elder.
The first half started all Bombers as St. Xavier continued to gain chance after chance but with no goal. Finally, with 4 minutes left in the opening half, junior Matthew Sutton played a ball to the middle to classmate Gino Geiser who found the back of the net with a strike. St. Xavier took the 1-0 lead to the locker room. The second half was much like the first as the Bombers continued to attack. With 29 minutes left in the half, St. Xavier converted a corner kick when junior Craig Wellens found Geiser on the cross who converted his second goal of the game. One minute later, senior Will Watkins converted a goal to bottom right of the goal on an assist from Geiser. Senior Lucas Marshall and the defense kept the Elks off the scoreboard and just before the end of the match, senior Conor Faulhaber found the back of the net after getting a cross from classmate Nathan Neal to seal the 4-0 victory to improve to 7-4-4 on the season. Senior GK Lucas Marshall recorded the clean sheet for St. Xavier.
On Tuesday, the Bombers welcomed GCL rival, LaSalle HS, to St. Xavier Stadium for a GCL match and senior night. Before the teams took the pitch, St. Xavier recognized their 16 seniors and parents who dedicated so much time over the past 4 years to the St. Xavier Soccer program. Those seniors include: Lucas Marshall, Charlie Stutz, Bailey Lach, Eddie Weber, Will Watkins, Nick Meyer, Josh Besl, Adam Scheidler, Nathan Iker, Conor Faulhaber, Adam Arar, Nick Bach, Nathan Neal, Marcus Bauer, Simba Mandizha and Andrew Warman.
St. Xavier entered the match with a 2-2-1 (7 pts) GCL record while the Lancers entered with a 0-3-2 GCL record (0 pts) with a 5-7-3 overall record. In the first meeting between the two teams at Kolping Park, the Bombers scored 3 goals and won the match 3-1 back on September 20.
The first half was controlled by St. Xavier as they forced much of the action in the LaSalle end of the field. However, the Bombers could not convert any of their 5 corner kicks in the half. Starting senior GK Charlie Stutz kept the Lancers off the scoreboard as well with 4 saves in the half along with help from Besl, Bach, Lach, Scheidler and sophomore Mike Scott on the defensive line for St. Xavier. With 6 minutes left in the half, St. Xavier had a flurry of 5 shots but once again could not find the back of the net after some great saves from the LaSalle keeper. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie.
LaSalle opened the 2nd half with an attack but could not convert on a free kick from 25 yards out as the Bombers cleared it out of danger with the help of Marshall, into the game at goalkeeper. The Lancers kept the attack on and missed just wide on a shot from about 5 yards out where Marshall forced a wider angle than desired. The Bombers forced the action and were awarded a corner kick 6 minutes into the half but could not convert. LaSalle then pressured the Bombers and received a free kick from 30 yards out but the header off the cross sailed wide. St. Xavier kept the pressure on the Lancers and earned two more corner kicks but came away empty and the game remained tied with 25 minutes left in the game. The Lancers came up with a couple of opportunities with 14 minutes left in the game but Marshall came up big for the Bombers as he made two saves to keep LaSalle off the scoreboard and the game tied. With 11 minutes left, St. Xavier was awarded a free kick from 35 yards out but the free kick sailed wide of the goal for a Lancers goal kick. The Bombers remained on the attack and earned their 10th and 11th corner kicks with 9 minutes left in the game but could not convert to keep it a nil-nil game. Finally, with with 6:31 left in the half Nathan Neal dropped a pass back to classmate Bailey Lach who snuck a shot past the goalie in the bottom left corner of the net from 25 yards out to give St. Xavier the 1-0 lead. The defense held the lead and the Bombers took home the 1-0 win on the clean sheet from Stutz and Marshall.
With the win, St. Xavier finishes the regular season with an 8-4-4 record and 3-2-1 (10 pts) in the GCL which is good enough for a 2nd place finish in the league. The Bombers turn their sights to the OHSAA Division I Boys Soccer Tournament. The draw took place on Sunday, October 8 and St. Xavier was voted as the #5 seed in the SW District which they took a bye into the second round. They will meet the winner of the #14 LaSalle/#23 Hamilton game at St. Xavier Stadium on Saturday, October 21 at 7:00. LaSalle will host Hamilton on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm at Lancer Stadium.
In the varsity soccer team’s second meeting against the Elder Panthers and fifth overall GCL match, they were able to able to bring home a thrilling 3-2 victory. The game was played at the Panther Athletic Complex on Tuesday under a beautiful October night. Playing in front of many excited fans, the two teams made sure not to disappoint.
Both teams played a fairly relaxed first half with the Bombers striking first. Just over four minutes into the game, junior Craig Wellens kicked one into an open net after a botched save by the goalie. While St. Xavier would have a few more chances during the remainder of the half, Elder seemed to have the upper hand. Bomber senior goalkeeper Lucas Marshall made a few fantastic saves including one in which he cut off a loose Panther on a breakaway. He forced the shot to be missed wide right keeping the score 1-0 with ten minutes left to be played in the first half. Then, with five minutes to go in the half, Elder was finally able to squeak one through to tie the game. This caused the game to go into halftime tied at one goal apiece.
Both teams came out for the second half with a newfound sense of urgency. Unfortunately, just two minutes into the half, two Bomber players collided causing a stoppage in play. Senior Adam Arar and Junior Will Bronsel were the players involved. Arar was able to limp off the field and would return shortly. Bronsel, on the other hand, needed help getting to the
sideline and would not return to the game. The remaining 38 minutes were much more exciting than the previous 42 minutes. Only a few minutes after the injury, Elder stormed down field looking to take the lead. After getting past Marshall, they seemed to have a open net to make the score 2-1. But senior defenseman Bailey Lach was there to save the day. He blocked the shot and kept the game tied. Only two minutes later, with momentum starting to shift the Bombers way, junior Gino Geiser put the ball into the back of the net. The goal came after senior Will Watkins sliced through the defense, dribbling the ball past the goalie, and crossing it to Geiser to make the score 2-1 St Xavier. Six minutes later, Elder responded with a stunning shot from outside the box. The ball flew just past the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms tying the match 2-2 with 22 riveting minutes left. The boys in blue controlled the rest of the game. After many solid opportunities including a few corner kicks, Geiser was able to score his second of the game. The goal came after a nice give and go between himself and fellow junior Wellens. The scoreboard was changed for the last time that night leaving Bombers with a 3-2 victory.
The win keeps the Bombers in second place in the GCL standings with a strong 2-1-2 record (7 points). Moeller clinched the title on Tuesday night so the team’s hopes of winning the GCL have come to an end. Their overall record is now 6-4-4. This gives them a good chance to make the state tournament and hopefully make a strong run their. The Varsity Bombers will play Centerville on Saturday at 11am followed by senior night, and the regular season finale, against LaSalle on Tuesday. The team will look to continue to add onto their winning streak and finish the season strong in hopes of gaining momentum for a late season tournament run.
After a postponement yesterday due to rain, St. Xavier took the field against a tough LaSalle team on Wednesday night at Kolping Park. This was the Bomber’s first of two meetings against LaSalle this season and their third overall GCL match. After a disappointing tie to Elder in the last GCL contest, St. Xavier came into the game one point back of the Lancers in the GCL standings looking to get ahead with a win.
The game started slow. Neither team was getting any good chances and it was a pretty evenly played first 15 minutes. Then LaSalle started to get scoring opportunities, but senior goalkeeper Lucas Marshall was there for the challenge. He made three beautiful saves to keep the score 0-0 at half. The Bombers came out for the second half with a newfound sense of urgency. The ball started to break their way, and the Boys in Blue picked up a few good chances. They took advantage. Senior Will Watkins kicked off the scoring 15 minutes into the half thanks to a stunning pass from fellow senior Nathan Neal. The Bombers weren’t satisfied yet. Senior Nicholas Bach scored an insurance goal nine minutes later to make the score 2-0 with 16 minutes remaining. Nathan Neal tallied another assist on this goal as well. For the Bomber’s final goal, Neal finally got his chance to score after a nice pass from junior Luke Rockwood. He left Neal with a wide open net and the senior booted one in to give St. Xavier a commanding 3-0 lead with only five minutes remaining. LaSalle would rebound and score one with only a couple minutes left to end the shutout.
Overall, it was a very well played game by St. Xavier. They were able to take over in the second half and gain two points in the GCL standings. This leaves them in second place with a 1-1-1 league record and a 3-3-4 overall record. They have an uphill climb to win the GCL title but the team has what it takes to come back. The next GCL game will be this coming Tuesday at home against Moeller. With a win, St. Xavier will have a good chance to at least share in the GCL title. St. X will take the field next on Saturday against Mason. It should be a thrilling game in which the Bombers will attempt to continue to gain momentum heading down the final stretch of the regular season.
The St. Xavier Varsity Soccer team had a home match against a struggling Elder Panthers team on Tuesday night. The Bombers were lead defensively by, Josh Besl, Bailey Lach, Will Bronsil, and goal keeper Lucas Marshall. Marshall saved 2 headers from the panthers at 14:26 and 9:40 in the first half. The bombers were able to keep the panthers scoreless in the first half. Will Watkins had two close offensive chances at 12:55 and 28 seconds in the first half, but both were stopped by the elder keeper. At the end of the first half the game was still scoreless.
The Bombers got off to a hot start in the second half with Will Watkins’ goal coming at 38:15 with the assist coming from Nick Meyer. At 32:43 Craig Wellens had a shot on goal that just missed wide left of the goal. Watkins also had a shot on goal at 27:23 that was stopped. At 23:30 the panthers had a corner kick and a shot on goal which was stopped by Marshall, however the rebound was headed in to tie the game at 1. At 18:57 the panthers had another scoring opportunity but it was stopped by Adam Arar before it could reach the goalie. Besl sailed a shot just over the net that would’ve put the Bombers ahead by one with 8:44 left to play. With 1:11 to play Arar had a header that was stopped by the keeper.
The 2-3-3 (0-1-1 in league play) Varsity Soccer Bombers will look to improve on their season as they take on the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks in Columbus this Saturday, September 16th.
Bomber Varsity Soccer fell to the Moeller Crusaders on a beautiful Tuesday night. The match was played at Gettler Stadium located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. This was each team’s first GCL game. It was also a matchup between two Cincinnati soccer powerhouses as St. Xavier was ranked third in the city and Moeller was second in the city and fifth in the state.
The Bombers, looking for the upset, came out hot. They controlled the game for the first twenty minutes and it paid off. Fourteen minutes into the game, St. X took the lead on a beautiful corner kick from junior Craig Wellins which Nathan Neal was able to knock into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead. For the remainder of the half, both teams traded chances but the Bomber defense was up to the challenge. Keeper Lucas Marshall made an awesome diving save on a nice shot from a Moeller player to keep the Crusaders scoreless. St. Xavier seemed to have the upper hand for the remainder of the first half, but the team couldn’t capitalize on any more chances and they went into halftime with the one goal lead.
Both teams opened up the second half playing with intensity and fury. After twenty minutes of exciting soccer, it seemed as if the Bombers were going to win the match. But with 17
minutes to go, Moeller was finally able to squeak one past the keeper and tie the game. The Crusaders would go on to score two more times in the next ten minutes putting the game out of reach for the Bombers. While St. Xavier never gave up and had a couple solid chances to get back in the game, they couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities and the game ended in a 3-1 loss to our rivals.
With the loss, St. Xavier’s record is now 2-2-2 and they are 0-1-0 in league play. The boys in blue will look to rebound Saturday night against Lakota West. It is an away game but the team will be prepared to get back on track with another victory.
The Varsity Soccer team (2-1-2) opens GCL South play this evening at 7 pm vs. Moeller HS (4-0-1) at Gettler Stadium located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. The Bombers received votes in this week's Ohio State Poll while Moeller checked in at #5. Click the link below to watch/listen to the game live!
St. Xavier Varsity soccer played Sycamore on the road Thursday night. In what was the Bombers first game since winning their first Jesuit Cup in school history this past Sunday, the boys in blue, ranked third in the city with a 2-1-1 record, came out poised and ready to take home another win! Sycamore, the fourth ranked team in the city, was hoping that wouldn’t happen. It was shaping up to be yet another exciting, competitive soccer game in Cincinnati.
The two teams did not disappoint. Both teams came out with the intensity one would expect from two top five teams. Sycamore, unfortunately, put one in the back of the net first. After a few chances stopped by senior goalie Lucas Marshall, the aviators were able to boot one past him close to ten minutes into the game. But the Bombers were not deterred. Just two minutes later, junior Gino Geyser made a fantastic move to beat his defender leaving him with a one on one battle against the opposing goalkeeper. The goalie made an impressive save keeping the score 1-0 Sycamore. Nearly ten minutes later, St. Xavier finally got the chance they needed and senior Adam Arar didn’t waste it. He was able to knock it in through a wall of Sycamore defenders after a beautiful corner kick by junior Craig Wellins. This made the score 1-1 with 19 minutes remaining in the first half.
While no more goals would be scored in the game, there was plenty of exciting soccer left to be played. After the break for halftime, St. Xavier came out aggressive, getting a few chances early on in which they were unable to capitalize upon. Sycamore had a few chances as well, but all were stopped by the Bomber defense. Keeper Lucas Marshall had 10 saves for the game and the offense tallied plenty of shots on goal.
Both teams played hard and it ended up being a pretty evenly matched game. With the
tie, St. Xavier moves to 2-1-2 on the season. They will take the field again on Tuesday, September 5, against our rivals, the Moeller Crusaders. It is the team’s first GCL match and it will be played at the University of Cincinnati’s soccer field.
The St. Xavier Soccer program hosted the 2017 Ohio Jesuit Cup over the weekend which welcomed soccer teams from St. Ignatius, St. Johns and Walsh Jesuit. There were two full days of soccer on Saturday and Sunday and teams gathered at mass on Saturday night and shared a meal together on Saturday night as well. Student athletes from out of town spent the night with St. Xavier families on Saturday night to make it a bonding experience.
The Varsity soccer team beat St. Ignatius on Saturday by a score of 4-2 to advance to Sunday's Championship game. The Bombers faced St. John's who beat Walsh Jesuit on Saturday by a score of 1-0. St. Xavier scored in the first minute and a half of the game but the goal was called back because of offsides. Both teams created chances but none serious enough to put a dent on the scoreboard. Regulation ended in a 0-0 tie which led to the Jesuit Cup being decided by penalty kicks.
In penalty kicks, each team gets five kicks and the team with the most goals wins. If there is a tie, then each team kicks and is sudden death. St. John's went first and scored followed by senior Nathan Neal for the Bombers. Neal found the back of the net to make it 1-1 after the first set of kicks. St. John's converted their second shot and then the Titans' goalie saved senior Josh Besl's shot to make it 2-1 St. John's after two kicks. The Titans' third shot hit the crossbar and missed and senior Will Watkins stepped up and scored for the Bombers to even the score at 2 after the third set of kicks. Senior GK Lucas Marshall came up with a huge save on St. John's 4th shot and junior Craig Wellens scored to make it 3-2 Bombers after four kicks. The Titans scored in their half of the fifth set of kicks and senior Bailey Lach missed for St. Xavier to make it 3-3 after five kicks. Marshall came up with another huge save in the first sudden death set of kicks and junior Gino Geiser scored for the Bombers to give St. Xavier the 4-3 win in penalty kicks.
With the win, the Bombers claim the 2017 Jesuit Cup which is the first time for the program since the event began in 2004. St. Xavier will play again on Thursday, August 31 at Sycamore HS at 7:00 pm.
The St. Xavier Soccer program is hosting the 2017 Jesuit Cup this weekend. Walsh Jesuit, Toledo St. John's and Cleveland St. Ignatius all traveled to Cincinnati this year as the host school rotates each year for the event. This year's event includes freshman, JV and Varsity games between the schools with Mason filling in for Walsh Jesuit's freshman team.
On the Varsity pitch, in the first game of the day, Toledo St. John's took down Walsh Jesuit by a score of 1-0 to advance to the finals tomorrow.
In the second game of the day, the Bombers took on the #1 team in the nation according to USA Today, St. Ignatius. St. Xavier did not waste anytime as junior Luke Rockwood took a throw in and threw it all the way inside the Wildcats' box area where junior Craig Wellens found the back of the net on a rebound put the Bombers ahead 1-0 just 5 minutes into the game. St. Ignatius answered quickly as they scored about 3 minutes later to even the game at 1-1. The Wildcats kept the pressure and created a couple of more chances but the St. Xavier defense held firm to keep it tied. With 16 minutes left in the half, the Bombers scored again when senior Will Watkins made a cross and junior Matthew Sutton scored it to make it 2-1 St. Xavier. The Wildcats responded quickly once again as they scored less than a minute later to make it 2-2. The Bombers did not hang their heads as they kept the pressure on and scored their third goal of the half when Watkins once again made a nice cross, this time to fellow senior Nathan Neal who scored to make it 3-2. St. Xavier did not allow a response from St. Ignatius this time and took the 3-2 lead into halftime.
The second half started with both teams creating opportunites but neither side found the back of the net. The Bombers did not pack it in with the lead as they continued to put pressure on the Wildcats' defense. Finally, with just over 4 minutes left, the Bombers sealed the victory when Sutton took on two defenders and crossed it into the box to senior Josh Besl who bounced it past the St. Ignatius keeper to make it a 4-2 game. St. Xavier held onto the lead and took home the 4-2 victory to advance to the finals of the Jesuit Cup for the 4th time in 5 years.
The win ended St. Ignatius 61 game unbeaten streak during which they have won three straight OHSAA Div. I State Titles and two National Titles. The Bombers will take on Toledo St. John's at 1:00 on Sunday at St. Xavier Stadium for the right to claim the Jesuit Cup.
The Varsity Soccer team opened their 2017 season on Saturday night by traveling to Liberty Township to take on the Thunderhawks of Lakota East. The Cincinnati.com preseason soccer poll ranked the Bombers number four while Lakota East claimed the seventh spot. It was a good early season test for both teams.
The game started with St. Xavier getting multiple scoring opportunities in the first 10 minutes of the game but coming away with nothing to show for the efforts. The Bombers did get on the scoreboard first, however, when senior Adam Arar played a ball to the middle of the box over defenders where his classmate Gino Geiser put the pass into the back of the net to give St. Xavier a 1-0 lead at the 22 minute mark of the 1st half. About 13 minutes later, Lakota East struck back when they found the back of the net off a rebound of a saved shot from Bombers' senior goalkeeper Lucas Marshall. The game would go to halftime tied at 1 goal a piece.
The second half started much the same way as the first half did as St. Xavier brought the pressure but this time scored as Geiser got his second goal of the game just 4 minutes into the half. Junior Craig Wellens found Geiser for the assist on the goal to make it 2-1. Geiser almost scored a third goal about 10 minutes later when he put his head on a free kick but the game remained at 2-1. About 5 minutes after that chance, St. Xavier moved the ball up the left sideline and then senior Josh Besl made a cross into the box where junior Matthew Sutton finished it off with a goal to put the Bombers ahead 3-1 with 19 minutes left in the game. The Thunderhawks scored a goal with 11 minutes left on a free kick to make it 3-2 but St. Xavier held them off and preserved the victory.
With the win, St. Xavier starts the season 1-0-0 and will travel to Anderson HS on Tuesday, August 22 to battle the Redskins. Anderson won their opener by a score of 9-0 over Middletown on Friday night.
After Tuesday's game, the Bombers will turn their sights to hosting the 2017 Jesuit Cup. Cleveland St. Ignatius, Toledo St. John's, Walsh Jesuit and St. Xavier are a part of the event which is rotated between the four schools to host every year. St. Xavier will open with #1 nationally ranked St. Ignatius on Saturday at 3:00 pm which will follow the 1:00 pm game of Toledo St. John's vs. Walsh Jesuit at St. Xavier Stadium. The winners will play each other in the finals on Sunday and the losers will play each other in a consolation game on Sunday as well.
The Varsity Soccer Bombers finished the regular season 9-5-2 and received a bye in the first round of the OHSAA Division I State Tournament because of their #6 seed in the Cincinnati Sectional and then beat #23 seed Wilmington HS at home by a score of 8-0. On Monday night, they traveled to Hamilton HS to take on the 12th seeded Fairfield HS Indians in the Cincinnati 4 Sectional Final game.
Fairfield was on their heels early, as the Bombers controlled the game in the offensive end for the first part of the game but they could not convert on any of their scoring chances. Fairfield then had a breakaway with 27 minutes left in the half and converted to make it a 1-0 game. The Indians kept the attack on and would have scored again but hit the crossbar and senior GK Jack Gartner came up with a couple of big saves for St. Xavier to keep it a 1-0 game at the half.
The 2nd half started the same way the 1st half did with St. Xavier on the attack. Finally, with 21 minutes left, junior Josh Besl crossed the ball which deflected off a Fairfield player and into the back of the net for an own goal to even the game at 1. Ten minutes later, senior Andy Mills headed a ball past the Indians goalkeeper to put the Bombers ahead 2-1. A couple of minutes later, Mills crossed one to sophomore Gino Geiser who headed the ball into the back of the net to seal the 3-1 victory for the Bombers.
St. Xavier advances to the District Final game with the win. They will take on the #1 seed from the Dayton District, Beavercreek HS, on Thursday at 7:30 pm at Lakota East HS. All tickets will be sold at the gate for $6.00. The winner of the game will advance to the Regional Finals against the Mason/Centerville winner.
The Varsity Soccer Bombers finished the regular season 9-5-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the GCL but ended the season on a high note by winning their final 3 matches of the season. The hot streak can be attributed to St. Xavier finally getting players back from injuries and they turn to the postseason with eyes on a deep run.
They received the #6 seed in the Southwest District which gave them a bye to the 2nd round and a home game. Wilmington was seeded #23 even though they sported a 12-3 record at the time of the voting. The Hurricane defeated #18 Middletown by a score of 3-1 to advance to play the Bombers on Tuesday night at St. Xavier Stadium. The seeding held up as the Bombers dominated the whole game in the Wilmington end of the field. However, the Hurricane kept it close in the first half as St. Xavier could only come up with 2 goals from their many chances. The first goal came when senior Ian Bryce found the back of the net from 35 yards out with 27:01 left. The second goal of the 1st half was recorded by junior Nathan Neal when his kick found the left post of the goal and bounced in with 11:00 left to give the Bombers the 2-0 lead at the half.
St. Xavier capitalized at a higher rate in the 2nd half as senior Jacob Huber started the scoring when he found the back of the net from 25 yards out with 33:42 left in the game to make it 3-0. A couple of minutes later, junior Josh Besl made a cross which ricocheted off a Hurricane defender for another goal to make it 4-0. Senior Matthew Seltzer scored for the fifth goal and sophomore Luke Rockwood scored on an assist from junior Nathan Iker to make it 6-0. Junior Lucas Marshall went to the locker room to change out of his goalkeeper jersey and put on a field jersey and came out and scored the game's final two goals to seal the 8-0 St. Xavier win. Senior Jack Gartner and junior Charlie Stutz earned the clean sheet for the Bombers.
With the win, the Bombers advance to the OHSAA Division I Sectional Finals on Monday, October 24 at Hamilton HS with first kick set for 7:00 pm. They will take on Fairfield HS who defeated Kings HS on Tuesday by a score of 1-0 to advance. The Indians finished the regular season 6-7-3 overall and 3-5-1 in the GMC. They played Elder to a 0-0 tie and lost to Moeller 2-1 when playing GCL opponents this season.
It was a beautiful night for senior night as eight seniors and their parents were honored for their years of dedication to the program. Those eight honored were Ian Bryce, Jack Gartner, Jacob Huber, Andy Mills, Josh Neal, Ben Piller, Matthew Seltzer and Jack Sherlock.
The game vs. Elder started out with the Bombers dominating play. Nothing substantial was created until about 8 minutes in when Mills crossed in a dangerous ball that caused trouble for the Elder defense but didn't lead to a goal. 2 minutes later, sophomore Gino Geiser won a corner but it once again led to nothing. Junior Nathan Neal then had two shots where one of them was barely saved by the fingers of the Elder goalkeeper. Piller also added some pressure with a header that was once again saved by Elder off a corner. St. Xavier thought they had a goal at the 6 minute mark when Mills found his fellow senior Sherlock who then fired the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was discounted as the Bombers were whistled for offsides. The game went into the half tied 0-0. Elder got the first good chance of the second half but Gartner made a great 1 on 1 save to deny Elder. The breakthrough finally came when Geiser left a ball for Huber who found the bottom corner from range with a great shot. The team, especially the seniors, celebrated wildly with the large Bomber student section of the night. Mills then added a second goal after he ran onto a through ball and slotted it away despite the keeper’s touch. A few more efforts from X capitalized a great victory on their last game of the regular season as the Bombers came out 2-0 victors. My men of the match for the night would have to be all the seniors as they all played their hearts out to get a victory in their last regular season match as a soccer Bomber. St. Xavier finishes the season at 9-5-2 on the season and 4-1-1 in the GCL. Their next match will be on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 pm at home in the 2nd round of the OHSAA State SW District Tournament as the team tries to make a run at the championship after finishing second in GCL.
-Luke Mitsch ('17)
Soccer vs. Elder- Senior Night
@ 7 p.m. - St. Xavier Stadium
Soccer vs. Centerville- @ 7 p.m. - St. Xavier Stadium
(photos courtesy of VarsityViews.com)
The St. Xavier Varsity Soccer team welcomed the Moeller Crusaders to St. Xavier Stadium on Tuesday night for the teams' second match of the year. The Bombers were victorious in the first match by a score of 4-1 at the University of Cincinnati's Gettler Stadium. St. Xavier needed a win to stay alive for a GCL Championship as they stood 2 points behind LaSalle in the standings. The Bombers beat the Lancers on Tuesday, September 27 by a score of 1-0 to make it a race.
In the first half on Tuesday night, the Crusaders looked ready to revenge their earlier loss to the Bombers as they controlled the ball for most of the half. Moeller had 8 shots in the first 30 minutes of the half but could not convert any of them as senior Jack Gartner came with 3 saves to keep the Crusaders off the scoreboard. St. Xavier controlled the last 9 minutes of the half as they came up with 3 shots and had 4 corner kicks in that span, however, they could not find the back of the net as well. The score was 0-0 at the half.
The Bombers came out of the locker room with a little more fire and it showed quickly. 4 minutes into the 2nd half, senior Matthew Seltzer received a cross from fellow classmate Andy Mills and found the back of the net to put St. Xavier ahead 1-0. Four minutes later, the Bombers were awarded a corner kick and after a battle for the ball, Moeller committed a foul in the box that gave St. Xavier a penalty kick. Senior Josh Neal converted which gave the Bombers another goal and a 2-0 lead. Gartner kept Moeller off the scoreboard the rest of the half and St. Xavier rode out the final 32 minutes to seal the 2-0 lead.
St. Xavier improved to 7-5-1 on the season and 3-1-1 in the GCL which gives them 10 points in the standings. LaSalle beat Elder by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday which helped them stay ahead of St. Xavier by 2 points as they have a 4-1-0 record with 12 points. The Bombers and Lancers both have one GCL game remaining as St. Xavier hosts Elder and LaSalle hosts Moeller next Tuesday, October 11. Before that game, the Bombers will host Centerville on Saturday, October 8 at St. Xavier Stadium on Grade School Night with the Freshman game kicking things off at 3:15 pm. The JV game will take place at 5:00 pm with Varsity at 7:00 pm. There will be contests and games for the grade school visitors as well. All Grade School Students will gain admission for $1.
Soccer vs. Moeller- @ 7 p.m. - St. Xavier Stadium
The Varsity Soccer Bombers started the season with a three match win streak and narrowly lost to #1 State of Ohio ranked St. Ignatius 1-0 in the Jesuit Cup Finals. After that lost, the injured Bombers lost three straight but bounced back in a big way earlier in the week by beating the Moeller Crusaders 4-1 on Tuesday. On Saturday, they welcomed the #5 team in the State of Ohio to St. Xavier Stadium for a huge matchup. The Bombers played extremely well and sophomore Gino Geiser found the back of the net in the 1st half for the game's only goal and a 1-0 win. Junior GK Lucas Marshall got credited with the clean sheet in the big win. St. Xavier improved to 5-4-0 with win while Dublin Coffman suffered their first loss of the season to drop to 7-1-1.
St. Xavier travels to the Panther Athletic Complex to take on the Elder Panthers on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The Bombers stand tied for 2nd in the GCL with a 1-1-0 league record while Elder is 2-4-2 overall and 0-2-0 in the GCL. Both teams have played LaSalle and Moeller with St. Xavier losing to LaSalle 1-0 and Elder losing 2-0. St. Xavier beat Moeller 4-1 while Elder lost 3-0. St. Xavier looks to win the GCL Championship for the 5th straight season as they still have to battle Elder twice, LaSalle once more and Moeller once more. LaSalle stands alone at the top with a 2-0-0 record.
The Bombers will also travel on Saturday to play at Mason High School in a matchup against the Comets. Mason is 6-0-1 this season and currently ranked #4 in the State of Ohio. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm.
Soccer vs. Dublin Coffman - @ 7:00 pm - St. Xavier Stadium
The St. Xavier and Moeller Varsity Soccer game was held at a great venue and it was a beautiful evening at the University of Cincinnati’s Gettler Field for a key GCL matchup. It was end to end action for the first 10 minutes as both teams had a few chances, but nothing substantial. Senior Jacob Huber had the best chance for St. Xavier about 20 minutes into the game when he nailed a shot just wide of the net. The first breakthrough of the night finally came after senior Andy Mills moved the ball down the side of the field and crossed the ball into the box. A scrum ensued and finally the ball fell to senior Matthew Seltzer who put a left footed shot on the ball that found the bottom left corner to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead. Moeller answered 3 minutes later as Matt Bugada rolled one just past senior goalie Jack Gartner to even the game at 1. Senior Josh Neal came close to giving the Bombers the lead with 5 minutes left in the half after he hit the crossbar with a free kick. With 2 minutes left in the half, Senior Ian Bryce cleared the ball up to Seltzer who crossed it into sophomore Luke Rockwood for a goal to give St. Xavier the lead once again. It stayed that way into the half at 2-1. The Bombers came out firing the second half and it paid off. They won a free kick just outside the box, and after some trickery on the set piece Neal smacked it in the bottom corner this time to give St. Xavier a 3-1 lead. Junior Will Watkins added a fourth goal after the Crusader goalie missed a punch and Watkins headed it in off of a Neal assist. The game finished 4-1 in favor of the Bombers for a key GCL win. The men of the match would have to be Seltzer and Mills. Seltzer obviously did a great job with a goal and an assist and worked hard all night to create chances for the Bombers. Mills played at fullback instead of wing this game and locked down his side of the field as well as adding a great threat in the attack.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 4-4-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in the GCL. They move into a tie for 2nd place in the GCL with Moeller as LaSalle leads with a 2-0-0 record. The Bombers welcome the no. 4 team in the State of Ohio rankings, Dublin Coffman High School, on Saturday September 17 at 7:00pm at St. Xavier Stadium. Their next GCL Match will be next Tuesday, September 20 at the Panther Athletic Complex vs. Elder at 7:00 pm.
- Luke Mitsch '17
The St. Xavier Bombers' Varsity Soccer team heads to the University of Cincinnati to take on Moeller HS at Gettler Stadium on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm. The Bombers could use a big win for the GCL Standings as they lost a heartbreaker in their first GCL Match of the season to LaSalle 1-0. Moeller won their first match by a score of 3-0 over Elder last Thursday at home.
This match is being held at the University of Cincinnati's Gettler Stadium in order to house a larger crowd that is expected. Orginally scheduled for Moeller HS, this will be the Crusader's home game. Gettler Stadium is located on the University of Cincinnati campus near the Baseball Field and Nippert Stadium on the south side of campus. Admission is $5 per person and parking is available in the garages surrounding the stadium.
All Bomber fans heading to the game are asked to wear Bomber Blue as Moeller is promoting this game as a white-out for their fans.
St. Xavier played LaSalle in Varsity soccer on Tuesday night. The game started off fast with end to end action. Both teams had good chances to score, but thru the first five minutes it was still level. At the 32 minute mark, Senior Justin Kahny slipped behind the Bomber defense and gave the Lancers a 1-0 lead. Not a lot to talk about for the rest of the half except that the Bombers dominated possession thanks to constant pressure and stout defense from seniors Ian Bryce and Ben Piller. The Bombers were unable to equalize though and went into the half down one goal. St. Xavier went into the second half firing off shots. Sophomore Luke Rockwood and Bryce were among the players coming close. Senior Andy Mills created a good chance after some trickery on the sideline, but the Bombers were unable to score. A yellow card was issued to a LaSalle player after a mistimed tackle much to the approval of the fans. The tackle fired up the St. Xavier players even more and they went at it one more time in the last five minutes. Despite 16 shots and 7 corners, the Bombers were unable to score and they fell 1-0 to the Lancers. Good news for the soccer Bombers though is that they were ranked number 10 in the latest state polls, showing their good work this year. Man of the match for the LaSalle game would have to be defender Ian Bryce who locked down the back despite one mishap and even got in the attack as well. The Bombers drop to 3-3-0 on the season and they host Lakota West on Saturday, September 10 at 7:00 pm.
- Luke Mitsch '17
Soccer vs. LaSalle HS - Tuesday, September 6 - @ 7:00 pm - St. Xavier Stadium
The St. Xavier Soccer team made the trip north to Walsh Jesuit High School in Akron, OH for the annual Jesuit Cup. The Bombers matched up with the host school Walsh Jesuit while Cleveland St. Ignatius played Toledo St. John's. The two time defending state champion Wildcats of St. Ignatius beat Toledo St. John's in the first game of the day to advance to the finals. St. Xavier took the field against the Warriors of Walsh Jesuit and got on the board when senior Josh Neal scored on a penalty kick. The halftime score was 1-1. The Bombers came out of the break with a lot of energy and junior William Watkins put St. Xavier ahead 2-1. The defense played stout anchored by junior goalkeeper Lucas Marshall in the second half as they allowed no goals. St. Xavier put the game away when they created another goal as sophomore Gino Geiser rounded out the scoring for the game as the Bombers advanced to the finals with a 3-1 victory.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 3-0-0 on the season. St. Ignatius and St. Xavier will play for the Jesuit Cup tomorrow morning at 11:00 am at Walsh Jesuit HS.
The four teams all gathered for mass and dinner on Saturday evening to enjoy the camaradarie of being a part of Jesuit High Schools in the State of Ohio. After Sunday's game, the Bombers will return home on Tuesday evening to take on Anderson HS at 7:00 pm at St. Xavier Stadium.