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Area teams looking to score as soccer season gets underway

soccerAt Francis Howell Central, the Spartans are looking for consistency. Two weeks into the 2015 soccer season, coach Derek Phillips’ team is looking to recapture the magic that allowed them to make it to the Class 4 Final Four a season ago.

The Spartans entered mid-September with a 3-2 record and are hoping to get on a roll.

Inconsistent scoring has been an issue for the team, which was beaten by De Smet Jesuit 1-0 on Aug. 25 in their opener and then lost to Francis Howell 2-1 on Sept 3.

Victories for the Spartans have come over Fort Zumwalt South on Aug. 28 (4-0), Troy Buchanan on Sept. 3 (8-0), and over Gateway South rival Fort Zumwalt West on Sept. 8 (2-1).

CJ Brown and Kyle Setchfield have paced the offense for the Spartans with four goals each. Caleb Mundle has scored three goals.

Nate Smith has been stout in goal with a .667 save percentage through five games heading into late September.

At St. Dominic, the defending state champion is trying to find balance.

After winning back-to-back Class 2 state championships, the St. Dominic Crusaders are finding the going anything but easy in this early part of the 2015 campaign.

The team, which returns eight seniors from last year’s 28-0 squad, has struggled to a 2-2-2 start through mid-September against a tough schedule that features the likes of Fort Zumwalt South, Vianney and Priory.

The Crusaders opened the season with losses to Zumwalt South and Vianney on Aug. 26 and Aug. 29, respectively, before battling to a 3-3 tie with Holt on Sept 1.

Things went decidedly better in the next three games as St. Dominic beat Fort Zumwalt East on Sept 1 (3-1), tied Priory 2-2 on Sept. 5, and shut out St. Mary’s 3-0 on Sept 8.

Senior forward Jack Stoll has been the driving force for the Crusaders with nine goals and 21 points. Senior forward/midfielder Will Faherty has four goals with nine points and sophomore midfielder Collin Chrun, at presstime, had been setting the table offensively with four assists and six points.

Closing in on 100 career goals at presstime, Lutheran St. Charles senior striker Jeff Masters is among only 15 elite players in Missouri high school soccer history who have achieved 100 career goals.

Masters, who has scored 62 goals in 49 games over his sophomore and junior seasons, needed just one goal at presstime to hit the century mark. The last Missouri player to do that was Marquette’s Keith Greishaber, who reached the milestone in 2013.

Perhaps one day Masters will make it into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. But for now there are other great players, coaches and teams to honor.

The 2015 St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony will be held on Oct. 17 at the America’s Center. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. The induction ceremony will start at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $55 each and $550 for a table of 10. For more information, call Larry Donovan at (636) 671-7147.

The 2015 inductees are Tom DiMaria, Paul Dueker (posthumously), John Garland, Joan Gettemeyer, Tom Groark, John Hayes, Larry Hulcer, Bob Radice, Janice Gettemeyer Sansone, Gene Silberberg and Tim Walters.

The Bob Burnes “Benchwarmer” Award will go to Denny Vaninger. The Jimmy Dunn Award will go to Tim Cashel of Webster Groves. The Msgr. Jimmy Johnston Award will go to George Mihaljevic. The Msgr. Louis Meyer Team Award will go to the 1973 UMSL men’s team that went undefeated and were Division II champions.

The 2015 Class of Future Stars are Nerinx Hall’s Anna Frick and Marquette’s Madison Meador for girls and Mehlville’s Abdullah Jahic and St. Louis University High’s Alec Solverud for boys.

The 2015 Keough Award goes to Vedad Ibisevic, Lori Chalupny and Becky Sauerbrunn.

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