COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - Two
minutes of brilliance.
Christian Brothers (Mo.) needed Saturday afternoon to pin a 3-0 defeat on
Milwaukee Marquette (Wis.) in the Gateway City Soccer Classic's Victor Arbelaez
Memorial Bracket championship at the Metro United Complex.
Cornell one-timed a pass from Zach Hundelt in the 14th minute and
Kyle Schraier delivered a powerful header on a cross from Hatt Hutchison in the
15th minute before the teams hunkered down and went scoreless the
next 65 minutes of the match.
"We're a spurty
team, CBC's Terry Michler said. "That's been the story of our year we score
brings the tournament title back to St. Louis for the first time since 2005
when St. John Vianney won the inaugural event's elite bracket.
(Ill.), the 2006 champion, defeated St. John the Baptist (N.Y.) 3-2 for third
place in the Arbelaez Bracket, Rockhurst (Mo.), last year's champion, defeated
Cathedral Prep (Pa.) for fifth place and Bishop Gorman (Nev.) and Cherry Creek
(Colo.) played for seventh place.
In the other
championship matches, St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) defeated Glendale (Mo.) 2-1 for
the Taigen Rose Finley Memorial Bracket title and Reitz Memorial (Ind.)
stretched its undefeated streak to 42 matches with a 2-0 win over St.
Vincent/St. Mary (Ohio) in the John Strodtman Memorial Bracket
In the Arbelaez
final, CBC caught the first break eight minutes into the match thanks to a
miscommunication in Marquette's defense. Marquette keeper Dan Donovan came off
his line to collect a ball played forward by CBC. Although a charging Donovan
called for the ball, a Marquette defender opted to head it toward Donovan, but
instead popped it over his keeper's head. Donovan retreated, but could not make
the save as the ball hit the net for an own goal.
later, Cornell delivered for a 2-0 lead and Schraier capped the scoring one
"We had a mental
lapse for 10 minutes of the game, and that was the difference, Marquette coach
Steve Lawrence said. "You can't have a lapse like that against a team like
its semifinal match earlier in the day and Lawrence opted to start a few
reserve players against CBC to put fresh legs on the field. UC-Santa
Barbara-bound Robbie Boyd did not get onto the field until Marquette trailed
1-0, and two other starters did not see playing time until Marquette was down
3-0. That aside, Marquette created few chances and never really threatened to
rally. CBC keeper Drew Duncan turned away Marquette's best scoring chance after
Jacob Stack got behind the defense for an open attempt on goal.
In the third
place match, Neuqua Valley held a 3-0 lead until St. John the Baptist scored
twice in the second half the second goal coming in the last second of play.
Junior Bryan Ciesiulka scored Neuqua Valley's first two goals before senior
Bill Uniacke gave the team a 3-0 lead. Stephen Miller and John Sheridan scored
for St. John the Baptist.
In the Finley
Bracket final, sophomore midfielder Kyle Whigham scored the first goal and
Brendan Copeland added the second as Aquinas built a 2-0 lead over Glendale.
Glendale scored in the closing minutes to make it close.
capped its stellar weekend run with a 2-0 victory over St. Vincent/St. Mary
with Max Lachowecki and Tyler Veith scoring goals.
Earlier in the
day, Marquette advanced to the Arbelaez Bracket championship with a 1-0 victory
over Neuqua Valley. Bryan Wright scored a first-half goal that stood up for
Marquette. In the consolation semifinal played Saturday morning, Russ
Tattersall scored three goals for Cathedral Prep in a 5-2 win over Gorman. Brad
Colvin and Joe Sambuchino also scored for the winners. Shane Thompson and Ramak
Roohani scored for Gorman.