COUNTRY DeSmet junior Mike Klingler saw the opening and decided to
"give it a go.'' And with one swing of his left foot, Klingler hit a perfectly
placed 35-yard blast into the upper-right corner, lifting the Spartans to a 1-0
overtime victory over CBC in the Class 3 District 5 championship game Wednesday
night at CBC.
Andres started the deciding sequence with a long throw-in to the CBC penalty
area. The ball was headed out to Klingler, who picked the perfect time to score
his first varsity goal.
"I saw that I had
some time and figured I might as well give it a go,'' Klingler said. "It felt
great off my foot and when I looked up, all I saw was the ball going straight
for the corner.
'' With the victory, DeSmet, ranked fifth among
Post-Dispatch large schools, improved to 14-7-1 and advanced to take on the
District 6 champion top-ranked SLUH hosts No. 6 Chaminade in that title
game tonight at 6 in the sectionals Tuesday at Anheuser-Busch Center in
Fenton. Second-ranked CBC finished 23-5.
came with just under five minutes to play in the first 15-minute overtime and
ended a game that was contested mainly in the midfield. "It was a great goal to
win a game, that's for sure,'' CBC coach Terry Michler said.
down to one play, and they made it. Give DeSmet credit. They played us tough
all night and held it together when we were able to apply some pressure.''
A year ago, DeSmet won in similar fashion to knock off Chaminade for
the district championship. But this team, without a standout like Will Bruin,
gets by on grit and hard work.
"A few weeks back, we dropped one-goal
games to SLUH, CBC and Vianney and in each of those games, we made one mistake
and that's what beat us,'' DeSmet coach Greg Vitello said. "But tonight, we
didn't make that mistake. Our guys just kept working and playing together and
ended up beating a great team.'' Each team had its moments in a game that
lacked many clear-cut scoring chances.
Before the goal, DeSmet's best
chance came earlier in the overtime as a quick shot from Kyle Menges was pushed
wide by CBC keeper Drew Duncan. The Cadets had a lot of possession in the match
and came on strong late in regulation, but DeSmet keeper Ben Kremer and his
backfield did what was needed to keep CBC from getting any real chances. In
other district finals played Wednesday....
St. Mary's 2, Lutheran South
0 _ The top-seeded Dragons, ranked sixth among area small schools, received
second-half goals from Phil Gangloff and Ben Julius and a shutout from John
Berner, winning the Class 2 District 2 title over the host Lancers.
Mary's (18-7-1) will play the District 1 champion in quarterfinal action Nov.
11 at Farmington. The district title is St. Mary's first since 2001, when it
captured its last state title. From 2002 until this season, Second-seeded South
McCluer North 3, Hazelwood Central 1 _ The
second-seeded Stars avenged a league loss, beating the top-seeded Hawks for in
the Class 3 District 2 title game at Florissant Civic Center.
(13-12-2) got goals from Mark McHugh, Cameron Poindexter and David Gones. Corey
Jeffrey had the goal for the top-seeded Hawks (9-17). McCluer North will take
on the District 1 champion in sectional action Tuesday at A-B Center.
Trinity 8, Maplewood 0 _ The host Titans (12-11-1) blew open the Class
1 District 2 match with six second-half goals. Junior Joe Pieper led the way
for Trinity, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. Other Titan
scorers included Bob Terranova, Mike Longinette, Jon Musgrave, Jordan Stretch
and Dominic Campbell. Dan Cimicata and Matt Derrington both saw time in the
shutout. Third-seeded Maplewood finished 6-16. Trinity will meet the District 1
champion in quarterfinal action Nov. 11 at A-B Center.
Tuesday's results included an unusual number of upsets....
the Class 3 District 4 semifinals at Parkway West, both top-seeded Lafayette
and No. 2 seed Marquette were knocked off. Fifth-seeded Parkway West followed
up on a 2-1 first-round upset of fourth-seeded Eureka by knocking off Lafayette
2-1 while third-seeded Summit posted a 1-0 overtime victory over Marquette.
_ Another fifth seed, Pattonville, bumped off top-seeded and
ninth-ranked Zumwalt South 2-0 in a Class 3 District 7 semifinal at Zumwalt
East. The Pirates knocked off fourth-seeded Zumwalt North earlier in the
_ Third-seeded St. Charles West won in penalty kicks over
No. 2 Duchesne in the semifinals of the Class 2 District 4 Tournament at St.
Dominic. Duchesne was ranked seventh among area small schools.
Class 3, District 1, third-seeded Seckman won 1-0 in penalty kicks over No. 2
Jackson at Jackson Junior High.