Great game, very evenly matched. I thought St. Paul's came out a bit stronger at the very beginning of the match, but then Jesuit controlled most of the first half. However, I think the Jays were a little too quick to go to the long ball (especially after they fell behind); they were having some success going over the top of the defense, but they looked a bit more dangerous when the three forwards were playing through balls to each other. Great job by the St. Paul's keeper in the 1st half to keep the game 0-0. Then St. Paul's came out like gangbusters in the beginning of the second half to get their goal; after that it was pretty evenly matched but Jesuit took better advantage of their set pieces.
Congratulations, Blue Jays. When you want something really badly and work hard and maintain a mental toughness about it, no one can keep you from it. Great composure throughout the game. To come from behind TWICE shows your true grit. I am proud of you all.
Special congrats to Charles Mansour for Oustanding Player award and to Phil Hicks for game ball.
Congratulations also to Sean Moser and the Wolves for a challenging match well played.
As our time in highschool soccer has come to a close, our group enjoyed the game last night and an enjoyable dinner afterward solving all the problems of life, kids, highschool soccer, club soccer, lol. We have been a diverse group with lots of soccer players, but also some football, basketball and soccer players as well. We even have a young female lacrosse player! None of us had a player in yesterdays games but we enjoyed watching the boys of Northlake, girls of SSA and boys of St. Pauls representing our schools, parish and clubs well. Our discussions at dinner of course focused on just why is Jesuit such a powerhouse given the talent throughout our state and have the following observations. (Caveat, we are Jesuit haters with the best of you, just cant stand that they always win, oh well) But the question remains why do they just keep winning. First, Jesuit continues to have the largest team in our state, not just in talent, but in numbers. Their tradition of inclusion in their program, in our opinion, keeps that program strong, their players committed, their alum loyal and the team intimidating. Despite Jesuit's obvious and long term success, many of us noted the comment by a Caddo Magnet parent that they finally had enough kids come out for soccer that they could make cuts! This comment after years of the complaints of shallow benches from those same posters. It appears that there remain programs that feel success is apparent only when you can cut players from your program. In our own parish, many of us in engo7 have long questioned the tradition at St. Pauls of cutting upperclassman, feeling that it does nothing to strengthen that program, often hurts it, and unfortunately has more to do with being able to say we cut players good enough to play at every other school in the parish. Second, Jesuits win last night was even more impressive when you realize that this year, not last year, was the year that most thought was St. Pauls best chance of beating Jesuit. This group of seniors, including a large group no longer playing, historically has had the most success against Jesuit, both in school ball and in club. However, last years surprise win by St. Paul set up a season for Jesuit to focus on one thing, to take their mantle back and they did it. St. Paul was fortunate to catch a team last year perhaps a bit cocky and perhaps a bit unprepared. It likely will not happen again. Also this group continues to be impressed by Coach Hubie Collins of Jesuit, to manage, train and guide a team as large as Jesuit's is a feat in and of itself. To do it with such success reaches a higher level. As St. Pauls showed last year and Brother Martin this year, Jesuit can be beat. But to come back from each of those set backs stronger is without doubt impressive. Also, this forum has long been notable in the glaring lack of praise me posters from Jesuit. While we understand obviously the need for smaller programs to get the names of talented kids out there for statewide recognition, many of the most prolific notice me posters are not from such posters. This would include Coaches from top state programs slamming this board for its choice of all star coaches. While recognition is nice, developing young players into well rounded human beings is the greatest success any coach can point to. With that said, our group would like to thank all of our coaches for years of fun, competition and growth. Now on to life's next adventure.
Any comments about the strategies and formations used by the coaches in this game?
I know the Jays started and played most of the game with a 4-3-3 lineup vs the Wolves more traditional 4-4-2. At 70 minutes, down 2-1, the Jays moved to a 3-4-3 until they tied the game, at which time, they moved back to the 4-3-3. This is the first time this season the Jays started a 4-3-3 (although not the first time the coach has opted to change to a more or less defensive formation, based on the score). While they did give away some in the middle 1/3, it seemed as if this still didn't cost them too much in terms of possession or SOG. I did not notice any formation adjustments by SPS in response. I have JHS with 6 SOG and Wolves with 3, Jays with 9 corners, Wolves with 3.
My observation is that the offensively oriented lineup by the Jays put the Wolves' defense more "on their heels" and outside of their comfort zone, thus using strategy to overcome an apparently favored side. Reminds me of last year's final except the teams are flipped.
Kudos to Coach Hubie for agressive strategic coaching.
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Please show more class than that. The game was well played on both sides, Jesuit came out ahead. Injury is part of the game. Noone knows that better than Steven Cabos who fought through serious injury last year, still recovering during last years championship game, no doubt something St. Paul benefited from. Soccer, like every sport, is part skill, part strategy. Jesuit's strategy was better, they won. Part of their strategy had play going over the defense of St. Paul. It worked. Congratulations to both squads and please no ref bashing.