The Chaminade Red Devils have had a week off since winning the district soccer championship and coach Mike Gauvain said his squad it ready to get out and play.
The Red Devils (22-4) will meet the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars (15-11) at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 6) in a Class 4 sectional matchup.
Chaminade defeated Ritenour 5-0 to claim the District 7 championship. Fort Zumwalt West defeated Francis Howell 1-0 in overtime for the District 8 title.
The two teams met earlier in the season. Chaminade scored a 3-0 victory.
“That was a long time ago, in early September,” Gauvain said. “Fort Zumwalt West is a different team now. So are we for that matter. We played them about three weeks into the season so that’s been awhile.
“They had a couple of kids banged up that didn’t play in that game and those kids are back. It will be a challenge for us. Fort Zumwalt West is a very capable team. We’re looking forward to playing them.”
Gauvain said the Jaguars were impressive in winning their district.
“They were down 3-0 (to Francis Howell Central) and stormed back to score four goals and the win to go on and play in the district final,” Gauvain said. “They had a great result in overtime against Francis Howell to win. It’s going to be a good game with them.”
The Red Devils have several items to check off to be able advance to the quarterfinal, where the winner will meet either CBC or Holt on Saturday.
“We’ve got to come out with a lot of energy,” Gauvain said. “We’ll get chances I think. We want to get some good ones and put it in the net early. We need to keep our fouls down. We have to disciplined.
“If we are able to do all that, we should be in pretty good shape.”
The Red Devils are in good shape heading into the sectional. Chaminade is healthy and the players are excited.
“We’ve had a good season so far and we’d like to extend it and keep it going,” Gauvain said. “We’ve played a really good schedule and we’ve beaten some good teams and lost to some good teams.
“In our district, we played two pretty good games. It wasn’t as challenging as lot of our games this year.We’ve got a tough one coming up Tuesday. We’ve had a good week of practice. Hopefully, we’ll be ready to go.”
Chaminade blanked McCluer North 6-0 before beating Ritenour for the district crown.
“In both games, all the guys got minutes,” Gauvain said. “We had some guys who haven’ scored, score some goals and that’s always nice. I thought if we played well in the district, we should come out of it OK and move on and we did.”
Gauvain liked how hard Ritenour played. The Huskies pushed the Red Devils in the early going before Chaminade kicked it in gear and took over.
The Red Devils led 3-0 after 15 minutes and never looked back.
“They played their tails off,” Gauvain said about Ritenour. They were thrilled to get that second-place plaque. They played with a lot of heart. The game of soccer is in those kids’ hearts. They love to be around the game and it showed. It was nice to see them be so happy.”
His squad was happy to earn the 14th district title in the program’s history.
“They were excited,” Gauvain said. “That’s always nice to see. Any time you win a trophy it’s a big deal. We get to keep playing and that’s important.
“We’ve had some time off and we’ve had some really good practices. We’re clearing up some things and we’ll be ready to play.”