Wednesday, Oct 10 --
Cadets hand Spartans first defeat
By Joe Lyons
Wednesday, Oct. 10 2007
TOWN AND COUNTRY — CBC's Derek Besant scored in the sixth round of penalty
kicks, lifting the host Cadets to a 3-2 victory over DeSmet in Metro Catholic
Conference soccer action Tuesday evening.
It was the first loss of the season for the Spartans (12-1-5, 1-1), who are
ranked No. 1 locally by the Post-Dispatch and nationally by the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America. CBC, ranked third among Post-Dispatch large
schools, is 17-3-1 and 2-0.
CBC outscored DeSmet 4-3 in penalty kicks. DeSmet keeper Dan Billman stopped
the first two CBC shooters, but the Cadets' Andrew Duncan responded, coming up
with saves against the Spartans' fourth and fifth shooters. DeSmet's shot in
the sixth round went wide.
Nick Sanchez, Jordan Barnes and Gino Valenti were CBC's other scorers in
penalty kicks; for DeSmet, Will Bruin, John Mathis and Justin Klenke were
The Spartans, who defeated CBC 2-0 in the CBC Tournament early this season,
grabbed the lead midway through the opening half Tuesday as Steve Seithel
intercepted a pass in the CBC backfield and scored on a 30-yard blast to the
The Cadets pulled even later in the half as Barnes converted a through pass
from Charlie Backus. Barnes put CBC on top 2-1 with just under 16 minutes to
play as the Cadets took advantage of a turnover near midfield.
But DeSmet managed to pull even with less than 4 minutes to play in regulation
as Jordan Beckles scored after the Cadets were unable clear the ball from their
DeSmet had the best chance in overtime. With about a minute left, Beckles
pushed a pass across the field to a wide-open Seithel, but Duncan stopped the
CBC will travel to Jefferson City this weekend for the Art Firley Shootout.
DeSmet returns to action Saturday, hosting second-ranked St. Louis University
High at 2 p.m.