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2019 high school boys soccer preview capsules: CBC’s Michler approaches 1,000 career victories

The CBC Cadets have three starters back from last year’s Class 4 state championship team but a bigger story line involves coach Terry Michler.

Michler is approaching a huge career milestone. Entering his 49th year coaching at CBC, Michler is only 10 wins away from reaching 1,000 in his career. Michler’s record is 990-273-115. He’s also led the program to nine state titles.

Chaminade coach Mike Gauvain is happy for his coaching friend.

CBC coach Terry Michler celebates with his Cadets when he won his 900th career game. Entering his 49th season at CBC, Michler is 10 wins shy of 1,000.

“I was kidding him that he won’t get No. 1,000 against us,” Gauvain said. “He got 700 and 900 against us. At least, he won’t get that one against us because we play them in the third game of the season. It’s going to be awesome when he gets to 1,000. He’s had a lot of good players over the years but he does a wonderful, wonderful job with his kids. I hope I can be there when he gets it.”

A total of 16 seniors graduated from last year’s CBC team. The Cadets this fall will be led by four-year varsity players Sam Benoist and Damian Clucas and three-year varsity player Cade Walsh.

“We have many new faces,” Michler said. “It will take some time for them to adjust. We have a nice balance of sophomores, juniors and seniors.”

De Smet returns six starters from last year’s team that lost to CBC in the state final.

Whitfield will celebrate its 60th season playing soccer this fall.

There are two new coaches this season.

Lafayette graduate Ryan Butchart takes over the Lancers. Jason Sellers moved to become the head coach at Timberland after two seasons at Lafayette.

At Parkway West, Tom Herpel steps up from being an assistant to being the head coach. Michael Skordos retired from coaching the Longhorns.

Here are the conference alignments for this season:
Metro Catholic Conference: CBC, Chaminade, De Smet, St. Louis University High, Vianney.
Metro League: Lutheran North, Lutheran South, John Burroughs, MICDS, Principia, Priory, Westminster Christian Academy.
Suburban Conference Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Mehlville, Oakville, Summit, Webster Groves.
Suburban Conference Red pool: Affton, Clayton, Fox, Hazelwood West, Northwest, Parkway West, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway South, Pattonville, Ritenour, Seckman.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association has released new district assignments for this season. Here they are:

Class 4
District 3
Eureka, Kirkwood, Parkway South, Vianney.
District 4
CBC, Lafayette, Marquette, Parkway West.
District 5
Chaminade, De Smet, Ritenour, St. Louis University High.
Class 3
District 4

Clayton, Hazelwood East, Ladue, MICDS.
District 5
Parkway Central, Parkway North, Summit, Westminster Christian Academy.
Class 2
District 5

Priory, St. Clair, St. Francis Borgia, Whitfield
Class 1
District 2

Brentwood, Gateway Science Academy, Maplewood, Principia, Valley Park

Two notable items about the district alignments are Parkway West moving up to Class 4 and Priory dropping down to Class 2 this season from Class 3.

That doesn’t matter too much, said coach John Mohrmann, who is beginning his 27th year leading the Rebels’ program.

“Our team has been classified as both Class 2 and Class 3 at various times in recent years,” Mohrmann said. “We were Class 3 last year and Class 2 for two years before that. Our approach to training, preparation, and scheduling is not affected by our classification. We faced difficult competition (Summit and Webster Groves) in the postseason last year, and we know that there are plenty of teams in Class 2 who are capable of winning state.”

Here is a look at the teams in alphabetical order with coaches giving input about their team:

CBC Cadets
2018 record: 25-2-2. Finished 3-1 in Metro Catholic Conference to tie for first place. Defeated Vianney 2-0 to win Class 4 District 6 championship. Beat Fort Zumwalt West in sectional, Chaminade in quarterfinal and Rockhurst in semifinal. Won Class 4 state championship with 1-0 victory over De Smet.
Coach: Terry Michler. Entering 49th year as head coach at CBC.
Assistant coaches: Glenn Zipfel, Kevin Whalen, Tim Michaelree, Luis Campos.
Returning number of starters: 3.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Four-year varsity player in Sam Benoist and Damian Clucas, three-year varsity player Cade Walsh. Also, seniors Riley Dubbs and John Krahl, junior Marco Anic, and sophomores Liam Jacober and Connor Canavan.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Sophomore Luca Bartoni.
Captains: Cade Walsh, Sam Benoist, Damian Clucas.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: Sam Benoist to University of Southern Indiana.
Team strengths: Balance in attack and defense, speed in the back, hardworking forwards.
Goals: To get better every day, to compete in every game and to win the last game of the year.
First game: 7 p.m. Friday versus Jefferson City.
Favorites to win the Metro Catholic Conference: Chaminade.
Quote: “Big challenge in that we graduated 16 seniors,” Michler said. “(They were) quality kids who were champions. We are building a new team this year and our goal is to be the best that we can be. We have many new faces. It will take some time for them to adjust. We have a nice balance of sophomores, juniors and seniors.”

Chaminade Red Devils
2018 record: 24-6. Finished 2-2 to tie for third place in Metro Catholic Conference. Defeated Ritenour 5-0 to win Class 4 District 7 championship. Beat Fort Zumwalt West 1-0 in sectional. Lost 3-1 to eventual state champion CBC in quarterfinals.
Coach: Mike Gauvain. Entering 32nd year as head coach at Chaminade.
Assistant coaches: Tim Sartori and Joe Morgan.
Returning number of starters: 6.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Junior forward Cole Ross, senior forward Arthur DeCampos, senior midfielder Vincent Laury, senior defender Adam Kuntz.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Had six sophomores last year on the team and they all played significantly minutes so the hope is they take another step forward. Will find out.
Captains: Laurie, DeCampos, Kuntz.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: Think we’ll be technically a pretty good team. Have guys who can handle the ball well.
Goals: Want to get off to a good start. Our first six, seven games are eye openers. We want to play our best in the last game of the season.
Favorites to win the Metro Catholic League: CBC, De Smet and Vianney and Chaminade will be right there. Those games are fun to play.
First game: 6:15 p.m. Sept. 4 at St. Louis University High.
Quote: “It’s always a fun year win, lose or draw,” Gauvain said. “We’re all excited to get going. This group has had very spirited practices. They guys have gotten after each other. We’re hoping we stay healthy and our common goal for the whole season is to play better each time we step on the field. We have a pretty good group of returners so we’ll see where they take us. It’s their time. We lost some good ones like everybody does. We open with three tough games in SLUH, Francis Howell Central and CBC and then we play Ladue and Peoria Notre Dame. They’re ranked third nationally. That will be a heck of a matchup for us on Sept. 13. Our schedule gets tougher every year. We dropped out of CYC tournament this year to play in a tournament in early October in North Carolina. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen.’

De Smet Spartans
2018 record: 22-4-2. Finished 3-1 in Metro Catholic Conference to tie for first place. Defeated Pattonville 1-0 to win Class 4 District 2 championship. Beat Jackson in sectional, Marquette in quarterfinal and Lee’s Summit in semifinal. Lost Class 4 state championship game 1-0 victory to CBC.
Coach: Josh Klein. Entering sixth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: John Benoist and Ben Yeager.
Returning number of starters: 6.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Senior defenders Nick Grewe and Jacob Roschke, senior midfielder Henry Lawlor, junior midfielder Brendan Schoemehl, junior forward Thomas Redmond.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Senior midfielder Brayden Morgan, junior midfielder Carson Wilhelm, junior defender Andrew Freund, sophomore forward Anthony Grewe, sophomore defender Ty Monschein.
Captains: Nick Grewe, Henry Lawlor, Jacob Roschke, and Kyle Burke.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: No signings yet, but Thomas Redmond is being recruited by Saint Louis University and Nick Grewe by Bellarmine and Bradley.
Team strengths: With a good number of returning starters and veteran players, we hope to be strong in many parts of the field, from our goalkeeper to our forwards. Experience plus the right leadership from our senior class will determine much of our success this season.
Goals: Play disciplined, organized, and exciting soccer that is fun to watch. Compete in one game at a time.
Favorites to win the conference: Arguably the best conference in the nation. All of us our favorites to win the MCC.
First game: 6 p.m. Sept. 4 versus Parkway South.
Quote: “We’re very excited about this season,” Klein said. “We’ve got a strong group of returners who are motivated to do great things and an excellent group of newcomers loaded with talent and ready to learn.”

Lafayette Lancers
2018 record: 8-12-2. Tied for the eighth at 2-7 in Suburban Conference Yellow Pool. Lost to Marquette in Class 4 District 3 opener.
Coach: Ryan Butchart. Entering first year as head coach at Lafayette.
Assistant coaches: Saverio Traversa.
Returning number of starters: 7.
Players to watch for this fall: Junior midfielder Ben Macinnes, senior midfielder Sam Londono, senior defender Eddie Aboussie, senior defender Michael Lang, junior midfielder Kyle Klostermann, sophomore forward Kaden Karr, senior forward Matt Kanan, senior midfielder Ryan Schneider, senior goalkeeper CJ Jaggie (former Academy player), senior goalkeeper Carson Campbell, senior forward Finnegan Stewart.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior midfielder Sam Manson, junior goalkeeper Nate Gabbers, junior forward Randle Smith, sophomore defender Joe Stoops, senior forward Lucas Nickerson, who missed last year with an injury.
Captains: Seniors Eddie Aboussie and Michael Lang. Vice Captain is junior Ben Macinnes.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team Strengths: Good chemistry and depth.
Goals: Get through districts and get on a roll through the postseason. Also be consistent.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool: Marquette.
First game: 4:30 p.m. Friday versus Summit.
Quote: “We as a team are very excited about this upcoming season,” Butchart said. “Being a first-year head coach, I am excited to see how well the boys take in learning a completely new system of play and philosophy of the game. I expect to have many players make a big impact this season. This is a special group and I think that they can reach their goals if they stay focused, disciplined and mentally strong from start to finish.”

Marquette Mustangs
2018 record: 20-4. Finished 8-1 to tie for first place in Suburban Conference Yellow Pool. Defeated Parkway South 3-1 to win Class 4 District 3 championship. Beat Oakville in sectional. Lost 1-0 on penalty kicks to De Smet in quarterfinals.
Coach: Chris Kenny. Entering 10th year as head coach at Marquette.
Assistant coaches: Steve Conway, Brendan Taylor, Blake Johnson.
Returning number of starters: 3.
Players on team to watch for this fall: John Schaefer, Carter Van Buskirk, Jake Brinker, Sean VanRens, Dan Morris.
Newcomers expected to contribute:
Captains: Sam Wiess, Nick Boyles, Sriram Zassenhaus.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: Strong defensively, look for chemistry to be key for us.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool: Summit, Webster, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Eureka. It’s a very strong conference.
First game: 6 p.m. Friday at Parkway South.
Quote: “We will have to continue to improve every game to be competitive this year,” Kenny said.

MICDS Rams
2018 record: 14-8. Went 3-3 to finish fourth in Metro League. Lost 2-1 to Ladue in Class 3 District 4 semifinal.
Coach: Jack Fischer. Entering fourth year as head coach at MICDS.
Assistant coaches: Bill Merello.
Returning number of starters: 7.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Senior Evan Hofer, junior Hayden Fischer, junior Walter Ralph. Hard to pick out individuals. Our first 11 are all high quality players.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Sophomore Patrick Mason, sophomore Eric Nohara-Leclair.
Captains: Seniors Evan Hofer, Zak Mitra, Stanley Ding, Will Bohlmann.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: We are very experienced throughout the middle of the field starting with our goalkeeper and center-backs. We also have a few creative attacking players who have the ability to create goal scoring opportunities from nothing.
Goals: Improve every day and reach our potential as a group. Compete for Metro League and district championships.
Favorites to win the Metro League: John Burroughs, Priory.
First game: 4:15 p.m. Friday versus Bayless.
Quote: “This is the most skilled team we’ve had since I started at MICDS,” Black said. “We have a great core of returning players who are hungry to regain league success and advance in the postseason. If we reach our potential as a group, I think we will be very competitive and play an attractive brand of soccer.”

Parkway Central Colts
2018 record: 19-7-2. Finished 9-2 to tie for second in Suburban Conference Red Pool. Beat St. Charles 2-1 in overtime to win Class 3 District 6 championship. Defeated Ladue 5-4 in two overtimes in sectional. Lost 2-1 in two overtimes to Fort Zumwalt South in sectional.
Coach: Brian Adam. Entering sixth year as head coach at Parkway Central.
Assistant coaches: Ryan Crowley, a 2002 Colt graduate. JV: Doug Hilbert, a 1996 grad. C Team: Todd Beffa. Goalkeeper and various levels: Kristin Ream and Derek Hoerman.
Returning number of starters: 5.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Senior MJ Fritz, junior Tegan Dunne, senior Jackson Koerner, senior Luke Schaefer, junior Nikhil Deshmukh, junior Layne Helvey, junior Evan Weidner.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Julien Couturier, Jack O’Leary, Zane Hungerford.
Captains: MJ Fritz, Teagan Dunne.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: Fritz is close to committing to a college but is waiting to make sure that it is the right fit.
Team strengths: We have a lot of competitive, interchangeable players who show an understanding that they are a piece of a bigger picture. We strive to think of our teammates before we think of ourselves. This group is following in the footsteps of the previous few years that love to compete but know it is just a game and our teammates are important.
Goals: To be better each day. We don’t want any opponent to walk off the field and not think that we gave them our best game.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Red Pool: Parkway South or Parkway West, Clayton, and Pattonville.
First game: 4 p.m. versus Ladue at Ladue West Campus.
Quote: “Every year is unique,” Adam said. “I am very excited about our leadership and culture. We seem to have strong passing capabilities and should be able to keep the ball and have the most questions to answer up front. When we figure out who will score our goals, our chemistry will be easy to see.”

Parkway North Vikings
2018 record: 5-20. Went 1-9 to finish in 11th place in Suburban Conference Red Pool.Lost 2-1 to St. Charles in Class 3 District 6 semifinal.
Coach: Charlie Noonan. Entering second year as head coach at Parkway North.
Assistant coaches: Wendy Freeberseyer.
Returning number of starters: 8.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Kevin van Raalten, Ben Parks and Bo Hylan.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Nathaniel Fields, Noah Solomon, Pape Ndao.
Captains: Ben Parks, Joseph Judge, Hunter Moore.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: It sounds basic, but we have more depth than last season which will help us manage the schedule better. Last season was tough with 15 kids.
Goals: As a program, we want to continue to develop and rebuild, while trying to learn how to compete day in and day out. As a team, we’d like to win more games then last season and surprise a few teams.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Red Pool: Parkway Central.
First game: 7 p.m. Sept. 3 versus Hazelwood West at Lutheran St. Charles.
Quote: “We have quite a bit of returning players who grew a lot throughout last season,” Noonan said. “With a few newcomers, it’s exciting to see how the group is playing together during the preseason. Obviously, we are a smaller program within a larger school, trying to rebuild, but the attitudes and efforts of everyone involved have helped us increase our numbers a fair amount from last year. With that comes some excitement about this season and the future. We lost three key seniors, which will be tough to replace, so the beginning of the season will be a bit of a learning curve for our young group.”

Parkway South Patriots
2018 record: 18-8-1. Finished 9-2 to tie for second in Suburban Conference Red Pool. Lost 3-1 to Marquette in Class 4 District 3 championship game.
Coach: Dave Gauvain. Entering fourth year as head coach at Parkway South.
Assistant coaches: Dave Davis.
Returning number of starters: 3.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Seniors Luke Davis and Rahman Alkordi, juniors Grant Sattazahn, Ayman Fakhani, and Alex Hunt.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Ali Othman, Josh Kroenung.
Captains: Luke Davis.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: Attacking speed and hopefully goal scoring.
First game: 6 p.m. Friday versus Marquette.
Quote: “I always look forward to a new season and new expectations,” Gauvain said. “Coach Davis and I are very optimistic on the outlook of the season. We play a tough conference schedule as well as good teams outside our conference. The focus of the team is being a team. Realizing individually we can do good things but as a team we can do great things.”

Parkway West Longhorns
2018 record: 13-8-2. Finished 10-1 to win Suburban Conference Red Pool. Lost 2-0 to Summit in Class 3 District 4 semifinal.
Coach: Tom Herpel. Entering first year as head coach at Parkway West.
Assistant coaches: Tony Piccinni, Kevin Doherty, Michael Kloster, and Emily Lovercheck.
Returning number of starters: 7 starters.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Senior midfielder Holden Potter, senior defender Matt Loaney, senior defender Philip Kim, senior forward Christian Hopkins, senior midfielder Fernando Gonzalez, senior midfielder Connor Davega, junior midfielder Brooks Parker.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Sophomore Bryce Cunningham, Junior Alex Lancia, Senior Ben Jenkins
Captains: Senior Matt Loaney, Senior Holden Potter, Senior Philip Kim
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None
Team strengths: We have a core group of returners that bring experience, commitment, heart, and strong leadership qualities to the team.
Goals: The mission of our soccer program is to develop as students, athletes, and young men through a unified commitment to team camaraderie, mutual respect, hard work, personal excellence, and competitive soccer. Using this mission as a blue print towards success, we seek to play our best each time we take the field and compete for a district championship.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Red Pool: The great thing about high school soccer in St. Louis is that any team can win on any day. The Suburban Conference is filled with talented teams and we are looking forward to competing with those teams throughout the season.
First game: 11 a.m. Saturday at Farmington.
Quote: “Having been in the boys soccer program at West for the past 11 seasons, I’m honored to be able to coach the varsity team this year,” Herpel said. “This is a committed and driven group of boys who want to compete and work for each other. With a team like this, I’m really eager to see what we can achieve. I think it will be an exciting year of soccer at Parkway West.”

Priory Rebels
2018 record: 17-7. Went 6-0 to win fourth in Metro League. Defeated Summit 2-1 in overtime to win Class 3 District 3 championship. Lost 1-0 on penalty kicks to Webster Groves in sectional.
Coach: John Mohrmann. Entering 27th year as head coach at Priory.
Assistant coaches: Jimmy Holmes, a 2006 alum in his eighth year as assistant.
Returning number of starters: 5.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Senior defenders Charlie Ferrick, Ben Glarner, and Michael Spencer; junior forward Will Kelly, junior defender Donny Ross.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Senior forward Joe Hunt and junior midfielders RJ Clark and Steven Virtel
Captains: Seniors Charlie Ferrick, Ben Glarner, Joe Hunt, and Michael Spencer.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: We have a great group of guys who are willing to work hard to improve and to support each other. A few of our guys are absolute top-level, very experienced, skillful players who would have an impact on any team in the region. But we graduated 13 seniors last year, and so we will begin the season with fewer players with varsity experience.
Goals: To concentrate on improving each day and each week so we can be ready for the postseason.
First game: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 versus Lindbergh in St. Dominic Super Cup.
Quote: “As always, we will play tough competition in the Metro League and in our nonconference schedule with teams like CBC, De Smet, Chaminade, Webster, and in the St. Dominic tournament with Lindbergh & Fort Zumwalt West,” Mohrmann said.

Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats
2018 record: 13-11-1. Went 5-1 to win second in Metro League. Lost 3-0 to Priory in Class 3 District 3 semifinal.
Coach: Dan Legters. Entering 19th year as head coach at Westminster.
Assistant coaches: David Shapleigh, Bill Lawrence.
Returning number of starters: 6.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Junior Andrew Smith, junior Ben VanZee, junior Luke Laughlin, senior Danny Sacco.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman Tyler Hott, sophomore Jack Lemp.
Captains: Seniors Danny Sacco and Mike Lemp, junior Andrew Smith.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: We have a young group of guys who are eager to prove that they belong at this level and who are willing to work hard to accomplish their goals.
Goals: Compete for district championship and be in top 3 in Metro League.
Favorites to win the Metro League: John Burroughs, Priory.
First game: 5:30 p.m. Friday versus Principia.
Quote: “We welcome a lot of new faces to the team this year and there is new energy with the new faces,” Legters said. “They are a hard working group who will fly under the radar but will compete game in and game out and will surprise a handful of teams who will underestimate them. We are a young team but we do have guys who have experience playing soccer.”

Whitfield Warriors
2018 record: 7-13. Defeated Lutheran St. Charles 1-0 in two overtimes to win Class 2 District 6 championship. Lost 3-2 to St. Charles West in sectional.
Coach: Mike Quante. Entering fifth year as head coach at Whitfield.
Assistant coaches: Bill Daues and Jerry DiSalvo.
Returning number of starters: 8.
Players on team to watch for this fall: Tyler Arulsamy, Jimmy Milgie, Francisco Gervasoni.
Players who have signed or committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: Our strengths are functioning as a team. We are a young team as five freshman and one sophomore started last year. Given our youth, we must work as a group on both sides of the ball in order to continue to be competitive.
Goals: Goals are similar every year. Soccer is a passing game and we are a passing team. Our goals are to move the ball in games to move our opponents. Our other goal is to regain possession of the ball as quickly as possible in order to maintain possession by passing.
Conference: Independent.
First game: 5 p.m. Friday versus Valley Park.
Quote: “2019 represents the 60th year of Whitfield soccer,” Quante said. “This group is one of the top groups we have had since my time as head coach at Whitfield. Our goal is to uphold the standard set by each previous Whitfield team. This year’s team is another brick in the building that is Whitfield Soccer and to give Whitfield alumni soccer players a program to take pride in and be proud to have been a part of is what excites us as a group.”

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