Boys Soccer Continues Their Road To State

The varsity soccer team defeated St. Dominic to earn the title of district champions, and advance to the state quarterfinals to fight John Burroughs on Saturday


Monica Reyes

Senior goalkeeper Patrick O’Day boots a goal kick out of his box and to the Eagles’ defense.

Ally Schniepp, Sports Editor of the Ledger

On Nov. 4, the varsity boys soccer team defeated St. Dominic 2-1 for the first time in school history and earned the Class 4 District 4 title. Junior Schrader Ludwig and senior Kaden Marsh scored in the first half of the game, a little over five minutes apart, giving the Eagles the lead over the Crusaders early in the game. 

“It was the most fun game I’ve played in my entire life,” senior Patrick O’Day said. Sophomore Carson Nolan ended the game with an assist for both goals and O’Day and the defense shut out the Crusader’s offense for all of the second half.

Beating St. Dominic for the first time was an amazing feeling.  The fact that it was the district finals makes it 10x times better,” Coach Tony Luedecke said. “They have been dominating the area for a long time now and I’d like to believe this was sort of a passing of the torch type thing.”

The boys varsity soccer team celebrates their district title after defeating St. Dominic 2-1. (LHS boys soccer)

As amazing as the Eagle’s second district win in program history is, they are not stopping there. On Saturday at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13, the Eagles will face off against underdog team John Burroughs, who defeated the fourth ranked team in the nation, SLUH. The match will be played at John Burroughs. Tickets must be purchased online at the following link

Additionally, the match will be streamed here live.

If the Eagles win, they will advance to the state semifinals next Friday in Fenton at the Soccer Park.

“We are confident about our chances against John Burroughs but not cocky,” Coach Luedecke said. “I think we match up well against any team but John Burroughs has shown that they can take down anybody.”

While this is true, the Eagles are in the zone and are not afraid to face a difficult team. They have already broken through the threshold by beating St. Dominic, and they are hungry for more wins to earn something this program hasn’t yet won: The State title.

“We are going to continue to do what we have done all year.  Be ourselves and play hard,” Coach Luedecke said. “We have our system and we are sticking with it.  We aren’t going to change our system based on someone else.” 

With a record of 17-5-2, the Eagles are ready to face anyone who stands in the way of their championship game and the State title.