The Marquette Mustangs will play in the sectional round of boys soccer for the first time since 2005.
The Mustangs (16-7) earned their trip with two victories over tradition soccer powers De Smet and CBC to fin the Class 4 District 5 championship.
Marquette will play Hazelwood West (15-7) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Florissant Civic Center.
“We have not played them this year,” Marquette coach Chris Kenny said. “They are always a quality opponent.”
Hazelwood West has won six of its last seven games. Marquette lost its last two regular season game before winning its two district games.
In the district semifinal, Marquette defeated De Smet 3-2 on penalty kicks. In the championship game, Marquette blanked CBC 1-0.
“They were great wins against quality opponents, Kenny said. “I’d like to think we are continuing to improve and that we can compete against the top teams in the area.”
De Smet topped Marquette 1-0 in the regular season.
However, Kenny said he was happy with his team heading into the game.
“We focused on giving 100 percent effort and quality execution,” Kenny said. “The team had a very positive attitude.”
The Spartans took a 2-0 lead but Marquette’s JP Morry scored two goals in the second half to tie it.
It was “fairly even but tense” in the two overtimes, Kenny said.
Marquette scored four goals in the penalty kick format to win. Scoring for the Mustangs were Morry, Logan Glazer, Matt Wagoner and Jacob Krupp.
There was no big celebration, Kenny said, because the Mustangs knew there was another game to play.
The lone goal against the Cadets came midway through the second half. Wagoner scored on a follow-up from a corner kick.
“It was kind of a scramble in front of the goal,” Kenny said. “The team worked very hard and took advantage of an opportunity. CBC had more of the play overall. We were dangerous on set plays.
“I was pleased with how we played.”
This time, the Mustangs enjoyed their victory.
“There was a great celebration,” Kenny said. “The kids were very happy and excited.”
Now comes the sectional game.
Kenny said his Mustangs can win and move into the quarterfinals is they can duplicate what they have been doing.
“We will need to play with the same intensity as in the district and take advantage of the opportunities we get,” Kenny said. “It will be a tough match.”