By: John Nee '93
As the calendar has turned to October and the chill of fall is upon us, the St. Rita fall sports teams have entered the stretch run of their respective seasons, and per usual the first week of the month saw plenty of action on the field and the course.
The varsity soccer team clinched the Chicago Catholic League Green championship for the first time since 2007 with a convincing 3-0 home win over DeLaSalle last Thursday evening. They followed that big win over the Meteors with their 9th straight win overall as they went on the road and defeated Brooks 4-1 improving their overall record to (14-4-1) on the season. The "Kicking" Mustangs will be in action again tonight as they host Marian Catholic at 6:30pm.
The sophomore soccer team also continued their winning ways by defeating DeLaSalle 3-0 winning their 5th straight and improving to (8-4-1) on the season.
The varsity golf team participated in the IHSA sectional final on Monday where senior Michael Henze advanced to state by shooting a 77 for the day. Senior Brendan Patton fell one stroke short of advancing posting a 79.
The varsity football broke their 3-game losing streak by going on the road and beating the St. Laurence Vikings 35-7 in Burbank on Saturday afternoon. Senior running back Javon Venson had a big game offensively for the Mustangs rushing for over 100 yards for the 2nd time this season while reaching the end zone three times. On the day the Mustang offensive line, consisting of: senior right tackle Aidan Lynch, senior right guard Quinn Coughlin, senior center Matt Mier, senior right guard Charlie Allen, sophomore left tackle Bode Turner, and senior tight end Kevin Brongiel, dominated the Vikings defense all afternoon long as St. Rita rushed for over 300 yards in the game.
The defense produced another stellar effort holding the Viking offense to only one touchdown on the day, and junior Tommy Hixson provided great field position all day long with over 100 yards in punt returns for the day.
The freshmen (5-2) started the day off right in the first game of the tripleheader on Saturday as they handled the Vikings 28-9. Freshmen running back Kaleb Brown had a big game for the Mustangs.
The sophomores (6-1) suffered their first loss of the season in heart-breaking fashion as St. Laurence scored on a 2pt conversion in overtime to beat the Mustangs 15-14. Both the freshmen and sophomore teams will play for the Catholic League Blue championship on Saturday morning as the sophomores will host Loyola at Doyle Stadium 10am while the freshmen will travel to Wilmette to battle the Ramblers at 9:30am. The varsity will host Loyola on Saturday at 1pm as they will honor the seniors in their final regular season home game as Mustangs.
Check in every Monday as we recap all the Mustang sports action for the week.