OCEANSIDE, CALIF. - Two wins and a tie made for the perfect combination to boost the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys U17 soccer team into the quarterfinals of the 2019 U.S. Soccer Development Camp Playoffs in Oceanside, Calif.
In their opening playoff game on Tuesday, June 18, SSM came onto the pitch with grit and determination. Within the first ten minutes of the game, Matthew Roou ‘21 got past FC Golden State and gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead. The game continued on, going back and forth between teams until finally, with the clock running out, Connor Gist sealed the 2-0 victory in the 81st minute.
After a day to recover on Wednesday, the Sabres returned to play Thursday. D.C. United was the first to get on the board, sneaking past SSM in the 12 minute. The Sabres continued to battle however and were rewarded in the 85th minute when Roou tied the game at 1-1, which stood as the final score at the game’s end.
The final game on Saturday against Orlando City FC came with the most pressure of all but it did not seem to phase the Sabres. Cade Thomson ‘20 put SSM on the board early with a goal in the 12th minute. A second-half goal by Wylie Trujillo ‘20 and great work in net by Mitch Budler ‘21 sealed a 2-0 win for the Sabres and a spot in the quarterfinals.
“The playoff run is a challenging one in the DA - limited subs allowed, three games in five days (and now a fourth in seven), and the best youth soccer competition in the country," state Boys U17 head coach, Sean Bushey. "Our players - each of the 23 man roster - have represented SSM so very well. The SSM crowd grew with each passing game; in the last game against Orlando City, the maroon-clad crowd stretched end-to-end with the SSM Girls Soccer program singing and cheering throughout making for an excellent environment! We are through because of the team effort – from players, coaches, staff, and athletic trainer. Each of the three games had its own story, but the common denominator was the team as it has been so far this season. We are excited for what lies next – Concorde Fire in the quarterfinals. We’ve spent the past two days seeking to recover and to rest, looking forward to the game. I’m confident that these young guys will continue to represent their great school and their great families well!”