COLLINSVILLE, Mo. Kyle Schraier let his play do the talking Friday
afternoon at the Gateway City Soccer Classic.
Brothers (Mo.) senior assisted the game-winning goal and scored the clincher as
CBC handed St. John the Baptist (N.Y.) a 3-1 defeat to advance to Saturday's
Victor Arbelaez Bracket final. CBC's championship match opponent will be
determined in a Saturday morning semifinal between Milwaukee Marquette (Wis.)
and Neuqua Valley (Ill.).
teams spread among three brackets and one showcase event participated in
Friday's first full day of action. All but four matches were played at the
Metro United Complex in Collinsville. The Showcase matches featuring Chaminade
(Mo.), Providence Day (N.C.), Davis (Calif.) and Grandview (Colo.) were played
In key matches
Friday, Mike Gauvain collected career win No. 399 with Chaminade's 2-0 victory
over Providence Day. Gauvain will go for No. 400 Saturday night against Davis.
Neuqua Valley and Marquette posted comfortable victories over Cathedral Prep
(Pa.) and Bishop Gorman (Nev.), respectively, to reinforce their national
ranking. Davis, playing outside of California for the first time in the
school's storied history, defeated Grandview 3-1. Morton (Ill.), which entered
the event with an undefeated record, lost in a first-round
receiving the most attention - from media and college coaches - was
the CBC-SJB contest. St. John the Baptist was coming off a surprising 3-2 win
over Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.) in one of three Gateway contests played Thursday.
CBC, formerly No. 2 in the FAB 50, had just ended a two-game losing streak with
a Thursday victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.) and had something to
With the match
tied at 1 and 20 minutes left, Schraier slid a thru-ball between a pair of St.
John defenders and onto the foot of Hutt Hutchison, who finished for a 2-1 lead
and in the process atoned for an earlier miss. Less than five minutes later,
Schraier flicked a header over the St. John keeper for the final
"He's a senior
with a lot of experience," Christian Brothers coach Terry Michler said of
struggled to get into the lineup. He's quiet, and he plays quiet. I told him he
has to have personality when he gets on the field.
quiet in the post-match interviews, summed up his assist as, "it gave us a
"I looked up, saw the ball get through and hit it. I needed to redeem
CBC, 4-1 all-time
in the classic, now gets a chance to win its first Gateway Classic title
Saturday.The SJB forward combo of
Adriano Gabriele and Michael Rovnyak gave the New York Catholic school a couple
of chances in the first five minutes that went unfinished. CBC appeared
to get the first break 10 minutes in when the official awarded the team an
indirect kick inside on the goal line, next to the
St. John goal.
The attempt led to a shot over the bar, but since it was played before the
whistle, CBC got a second chance. This time, after a flurry in front of the
net, a St. John defender was called for a foul, giving CBC a penalty kick.
Austin Tierney's low PK attempt to the right side had the keeper beat but hit
squarely off the post. It bounced back to Tierney, whose next touch resulted in
a whistle because the ball needed to be touched by another player before the
PK-taker can touch the ball a second time.
CBC broke through
at the 20-minute mark when Sam Carenza volleyed a cross from Joe Barron from 10
yards out. St. John the Baptist evened the contest 15 minutes into the second
half when Gabriele, one of New York's best-kept secrets, drilled a direct kick
from 35 yards out into the upper right corner.
"I'm glad we won.
I'm glad to have seen it. ... but I'm even happier that it didn't beat
us,"Michler said, paying tribute to Gabriel' strike, which he said was one of
the best goals he's seen in a while.
In other matches
struck first against Marquette, getting a goal by Austin Cain two minutes into
"We had a slow start
and that first goal woke us up," Marquette coach Steve Lawrence said. "I
thought we put them under a lot of pressure. It came down to we finished our
chances in front of the goal."
Marquette drew even
with a controversial score just minutes later. Dorian O'Lochlayne beat his
defender and was in on a breakaway while the side judge held up an offsides
flag. Play continued and O'Lochlayne slipped a nifty ball into the near post
after many of the Gorman players had stopped pursuing. The center official
waved off the side judge and the score stood.
The Wisconsin power
then took control, getting a goal by Bryan Wright (assisted by Stephen
Pentler), a penalty kick score by UC-Santa Barbara commit Robbie Boyd, then a
final tally by Mike Fiejsierowicz.
Neuqua Valley got
goals from Pat Doody, Bryan Ciesiulka, Ian Krol and Bill Uniacke to put away
Jack Russell, Austin
Trees and Bryan Jantsch scored for Rockhurst in a 3-1 victory over Cherry
James Meyerkord, one
of the impressive underclass forwards at the event, scored twice in Chaminade's
Kyle West scored
twice as Davis defeated Grandview in a battle of western
Chaminade (Mo.) 2, Providence Day (N.C.) 0
Davis (Calif.) 3, Grandview (Colo.)
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Marquette (Wis.) 4, Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 0
Valley (Ill.) 4, Cathedral Prep (Pa.) 0
(Mo.) 3, St. John the Baptist (N.Y.) 1
(Mo.) 3, Cherry Creek (Colo.) 1
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Hudson (Wis.) 2, Quincy (Ill.) 1 (PK)
Aquinas (Kan.) O'Fallon (Mo.) 0
Glendale (Mo.) 2, Morton (Ill.)
Dunbar (Ky.) 3, Glenbrook North (Ill.)
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St. Vincent/St. Mary (Ohio) def. Granite City (Ill.)
Brother Rice (Ill.) 2, Middletown (Wis.) 0
Memorial (Ind.) 5, Hickman (Mo.) 1
Cape Central (Mo.) 3, Dunlap