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Own goal by opponent launches CBC to its Bracket Championship

By Joe Lyons

CBC's Ryan Tinsley (5) and Marquette Jesuit's Robbie Boyd battle for a bouncing ball. (Paul Kopsky/STLtoday Prep Sports) COLLINSVILLE — The CBC soccer team caught an early break Saturday, going up 1-0 when a Marquette Jesuit defender headed the ball into his own goal. "

Goals like that can work one of two ways,'' CBC coach Terry Michler said. "You can sit back and enjoy it or you can go out and validate it. We got a little help, sure, but we also took advantage of it by keeping our focus and continuing to play.''

The Cadets struck for two more first-half goals, going on to a solid 3-0 victory to win the championship of the Victor Arbelaez Memorial bracket of the Gateway City Soccer Classic at the Metro United Soccer Complex. Ranked third among Post-Dispatch large schools and coming off pre-Classic losses to SLUH and Edwardsville, CBC improved to 14-2.

"You never like to lose, but I definitely think Edwardsville was good for us,'' said senior Zach Hundelt, the MVP of the Arbelaez bracket. "That's a game we know we let get away from us.''

The Cadets took the lead in the 11th minute Saturday as a long ball from Alec Cochran was misplayed into the Marquette net. Less than 4 minutes later, the lead went to 2-0 as Derek Cornell knocked in a cross from Joe Barron. A minute or so later, the Cadets' Kyle Schraier headed in a cross from Matt Hutchison, giving CBC the 3-0 lead.

Junior Drew Duncan was strong in goal for the Cadets, posting his eighth shutout of the season.

"We've been able to string together three good games against quality competition,'' Michler said.

Added Hundelt: "It's great to have a chance to compete in an event like this, competing against teams from New York and Colorado and Milwaukee.''

Hundelt, the CBC captain, shifted from the midfield to the backfield for Saturday's match.

"No matter where we need him, Zach is able to step up and do the job,'' Michler said.

In showcase games played Saturday night at SIU Edwardsville, Grandview of Aurora, Colo., knocked off Providence Day of Charlotte, N.C., 2-1, while fifth-ranked Chaminade (10-8) won 2-1 in a penalty-kick shootout over nationally ranked Davis (Calif.), giving Chaminade coach Mike Gauvain his 400th career victory.

In Saturday's other title games, St. Thomas Aquinas of Overland Park, Kan., won 2-1 over Springfield (Mo.) Glendale in the Taigen Rose Finley Memorial bracket, and Reitz Memorial of Evansville, Ind., knocked off St. Vincent-St. Mary of Akron, Ohio, 2-0 in the John Strodtman Memorial bracket.

Granite City (8-6-3) lost in the consolation game of the Strodtman bracket, falling 2-1 to Dunlap, Ill. The Warriors, who lost 1-0 late Friday to St. Vincent-St. Mary, rallied to beat Middleton, Wis., 2-1 Saturday morning.

O'Fallon (7-6-3) was the other area team in the event. The Panthers went 0-3 in the Finley bracket, losing 2-0 to Aquinas on Friday, 2-1 in penalty kicks to Quincy on Saturday morning and 3-0 to Morton, Ill., in Saturday's seventh-place game. Jlyons@post-dispatch.com | 636-255-7205

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