The last week of August was another busy one in Mustangs' sports action as the football team played Richards in their 2018 home opener while the upstart soccer team battled Catholic League Brother Rice and the golf team continued their momentum from last season with an undefeated week, and the cross country team ran out at Lewis University in Romeoville.
After a tough loss to Joliet Catholic on the road in week one, the Mustang varsity football team played highly rated Richards on Friday night in the home opener at Doyle Stadium. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate as the game was postponed late in the first quarter in a scoreless tie.
The two teams finished their battle on Saturday afternoon on a steamy Pat Cronin Field as the game went to halftime scoreless after two turnovers by the Mustangs inside the Bulldog five-yard line.
Richards took the second half kickoff and drove 80 yards to take a 7-0 lead midway thru the third quarter. The Mustangs would travel inside the Bulldog 20-yard line five times in the game without scoring as they fell to Richards 14-0.
The freshmen team travelled to Oak Lawn on Thursday evening where they dismantled the Bulldogs 41-6 behind the heroics of quarterback Tommy Ulatowski and running back Kaleb Brown. The sophomore team improved to (2-0) on the young season as they crushed Richards 49-0.
The varsity soccer team, who is off to their best start in years, hosted Brother Rice at Doyle Stadium on Saturday morning. The Mustangs, who came into the contest (4-0-1) on the season, dropped a tough 3-1 decision to the Crusaders to suffer their first loss of the year. The sophomore soccer team beat Immaculate Conception 5-0 and dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Brother Rice.
The golf team, coming off of their most successful season in school history, continued their winning ways by defeating St. Laurence behind the stellar play of senior Brendan Patton, who shot an even par 33 to take the gold medal. Also contributing to the win was senior Michael Henze (35), senior Thomas Connolly (36) and sophomore Liam McKillop (38). They also travelled to Kankakee to participate in the Bishop Mac Invite where they took home the 1st place trophy with a (333) team score. Patton once again led the charge with an 80 while Connolly (83), Henze (85), and McKillop (85) contributed to the win.
The cross-country team travelled to Lewis University on Saturday morning where they battled rainy conditions and a new course layout, but despite the difficult conditions, four Mustangs finished the course in under 24:00 minutes, including Lorenzo Alvarez (21:10), Peter Viz (22:12), Padraig Flannery (22:51) and Mike Baniewicz (23:50). Overall, the team finished 10th.