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SLUH vs. Desmet Soccer Game


Video caption: This shows the last thirty seconds of the overtime that was ended due to the Spartans scoring the game-winning goal.

Side One: Desmet; Written by Justin Ranalli

DeSmet Jesuit Spartans and the SLUH Jr. Billikens met under the lights on Tuesday at DeSmet to play the district semifinal in hopes of playing Chaminade in the finals on the following Thursday. The game was win or go home. DeSmet had already beat SLUH twice this season. The first half of the game was evenly matched with a score of 0-0. With about 20 minutes into the second half, junior Thomas Redmond netted a goal to give the Spartans the first lead in the game, but it was short lived as SLUH tied the game 1-1 a couple minutes later. The momentum had swung to the Bills, and they scored another goal with under 10 minutes remaining. It looked like the season was over for DeSmet, until a penalty shot was called with roughly 4 minutes left. Thomas Redmond scored to tie the game at 2-2. His goal sent the game into sudden death overtime. Under five minutes were left in the first half of overtime when junior Carson Wilhelm scored the game winning goal for the Spartans. The Desmet fan section ran onto the field. DeSmet moves on to play Chaminade in the district final on Thursday at Desmet.

Side Two: SLUH; Written by Charles Neuwirth

Despite the outcome, the district game against De Smet was one of the most memorable of my high school career. It was a back and forth battle for the entire span of the game, and there was a ton of energy from the fans. The atmosphere was electric, and as a player, you can’t ask for much more. It is difficult to describe how happy I am with the team’s performance due to the loss, but I think that everyone who saw the game knows who should be playing on Thursday. I have never been closer with a group of guys than the ones on the SLUH soccer team this year, and I cherish the time I got to spend with them throughout the season. At the end of the day we left it all on the field, and I didn’t expect anything less from the boys. Unfortunate ending to an unforgettable season. .


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