By: John Nee '93
As the calendar flips to October, the fall sports seasons moved into the stretch run with the golf team competing in the Catholic League championship and regional championship tournaments, the soccer team looking to defend their Catholic League title, and the varsity football team looking to pick up their first road win of the season.
The varsity football team travelled to New Lenox Friday night to battle Augustinian rival 12th ranked Providence Catholic in a Catholic League Green showdown. The Celtics had won two straight against the Mustangs as St. Rita entered the must-win game looking to build on their 44-10 win over Marian Central last Saturday.
The Mustangs held the field position advantage throughout the first half but failed to capitalize as the teams went to the half scoreless.
St. Rita received the second half kick-off and promptly drove 66 yards on 7 plays to take a 6-0 lead as sophomore running back Kaleb Brown (24 carries, 145yds, 2TDs) scampered in from 35 yards out to cap the drive.
The defense dominated the second half, after playing a bend-but-don't-break style in the opening half, as they held the hometown Celtics to zero first downs after the break. The St. Rita offense then capitalized on some short fields as they added a field goal by sophomore kicker Jorge Verduzco, another TD run by Brown, and a 27-yard touchdown run by Kyle James (2 INTs) to make the final score 22-0.
The Mustangs now will return home for their final 3 games beginning with the annual homecoming game this Friday night against Marian Catholic at 7:30pm.
The varsity soccer team opened their week with a 12-0 drubbing of St. Francis DeSales. The Mustangs next headed to Lombard to battle Montini Catholic and quickly jumped out to a commanding 3-1 at the half. While the Broncos would tie the score at the end of regulation, freshman Kyler Sumpter starred in the net during PKs making a key save to set up his brother Kenya to net the game-winner.
The "Kicking" Mustangs will host DeLaSalle tonight 6:30pm at Doyle Stadium, Hubbard on Thursday 6:30pm and then will have senior day Saturday against Oak Lawn at 10am.
The varsity golf team opened regional play yesterday by scoring a 359 finishing 6th ending the season for the team, but junior Liam McKillop was the low man again for the Mustangs scoring an 83 which was good enough to advance to next Monday's sectional championship at Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Bolingbrook.
The "Skating" Mustangs opened Catholic League play with a convincing 6-1 home win over Mt. Carmel last Thursday at Southwest Ice Arena. Sophomore goalie Mike Menard shined in the net stopping 20 Caravan shots. Last Sunday St. Rita hosted #2 ranked Glenbrook North, and they took one of the state's best teams to the brink losing 3-2. Menard again was the bright spot in the net turning away 41 Spartan shots. Seniors Brendan Day and Patrick McDonnell both lit the lamp twice for the Mustangs on the week. They will return to action at home on Thursday against Fenwick and travel to Niles to battle Notre Dame on Sunday.
Check back with us next week as we recap the homecoming football game against Marian Catholic as well as the soccer senior day and the golf sectional championship.