Soccer and Football Take the Next Step


@SDAll_In and SDsoccerFC and Emma Larkin

St. Dominic fall sports dominated the competition this past week.

Fall sports are coming to an end, but two are still fighting strong to continue into their post season runs. This past weekend, St. Dominic came out on top with Football winning districts and soccer advancing on to the Final Four. 

Boys soccer beat Chaminade High School this Saturday at home 2-1. The Crusaders started off with an early unsuspected goal from sophomore Johnny Petruso who beat the defense on a perfect cross by senior Chase Freesmeier. The boys held this lead until the Red Devils scored with two minutes left in the first half. After a long and physical second half with no luck from either team, senior Michael Holliday scored the game winning goal off of a missed shot that hit the cross bar with three minutes left. 

“It was a goal I will remember for the rest of my life, but it was my last game ever played in the Crusader stadium which was a bittersweet moment,” senior Michael Holliday said. 

The game was more on the physical side with both teams battling for every ball. Both teams participated in the chippy play but with a game of such importance some physicality is expected. 

“That game had so much at stake and everyone wanted to win so badly. We knew it was going to be a huge game considering it could determine who goes to state,” junior Alex Newman said. 

Football on the other hand blew out the competition at Hazelwood East. There were four touchdowns scored by junior Thomas Pulliam, junior Reid Cisel, and two from senior Sam Cross. Also Max Nash did his thing as he kicked every extra point and added a field goal. The defense was really up to the task as they only allowed two touchdowns all game. 

“We got out to an early lead so our mind set was to remain focused but to still stay confident in what we do,” senior Kelly Welby said. 

This is the football team’s second consecutive year winning districts and dominating a team as they did. These athletes have been working extremely hard this season and have even ramped it up during the postseason. 

“We play hard and fast. We practice really hard on all positions, giving lots of effort and will continue to practice this way,” senior Sam Cross said. 

Both soccer and football will have games at the end of this week to carry on their postseason. Starting off with soccer who is competing in the Missouri Class 4 State Semifinal on Friday at 4 o’clock at Soccer Park against CBC. Football plays on Saturday at 1 o’clock at home against Parkway Central in their State quarterfinal. Hopefully it won’t be as cold as last weekend, but St. Dominic is prepared to bundle up to continue and cheer on all fall sports!