The Bishop Brossart soccer teams put up some robust numbers while repeating as Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic 10th Region champions.
In a total of four tournament games, the Mustangs outscored the competition, 36-1 with a trio of 10-0 scores.
In Saturday’s regional finals, the boys beat Calvary Christian, 6-1 at Pendery Park, and the girls beat Calvary Christian, 10-0.
Both squads won by 10-0 scores in the semifinals.
“We’re a senior-laded team,” Mustangs first-year head boys’ coach Ryan Schaeffer said. He has 11 seniors. “They handled it very maturely, and they played hard and did what we needed to do,”
Senior striker Dylan Geiman and junior Cody Chism were the catalysts for Bishop Brossart. Each had two goals and an assist in the final. Senior striker Joey Hickman added a goal and a pair of assists.
Freshman Bryan Duffy scored five goals in the semifinal win over St. Patrick. Geiman scored twice.
Geiman, Hickman and Duffy lead the team with eight goals a piece. Geiman, Hickman and senior Sam Parnell each have six assists.
Brossart (6-1-3) is one win away from a return to the All “A” Classic state tournaments Sept. 26-27 at Capital View Park in Frankfort. The Mustangs were state runners-up last year. They last won the small-school crown in 2013. Schaeffer, a veteran coach, has big-game experience with one All “A” Classic state title to his credit.
The Mustangs play Ninth Region champion St. Henry at 5 p.m. Thursday at Pendery Park in a one-game sectional playoff for the right to advance to the eight-team state event. The last time Schaeffer was a high school head coach was at St. Henry from 2001-03. During that time, he led the Crusaders to a small-school crown.
“We’re going to have to play a game with few mistakes against St. Henry,” Schaeffer said.
Girls’ coach Kevin Hess leads his Mustangs into a one-game sectional playoff at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Pendery Park against Newport Central Catholic, the 2013 state champion. Brossart (7-3-0) is seeking a state return while looking for further advancement. They were ousted in last year’s first round.
“We’ve been playing at a high level, and we’re finishing shots,” Hess said. “Against NCC, we have to stay disciplined and play our game. If we’re patient, we should be fine.”
Top producers for the Mustangs are senior midfielders Olivia Nienaber and Amada Graus. Nienaber has put in a team-high 12 goals. Graus has seven goals and a team-best eight assists. Both scored twice against Calvary Christian in the 10th Region final. Junior midfielder Kate Goller scored three times against Calvary.