The Soccer Wolves are a consistenly strong athletic team compared to other schools in the state. In the past three years, they have gone to the state championship game against Jesuit High School three times and escaped with victory once. This year’s team hopes to follow that same title run and take the state championship once again.
The rivalry between St. Paul’s and Jesuit has been going on for years, and both teams are always equally matched. In fact, the past three championship games have been determined by one goal.
“The rivalry is interesting because we do not play them in district, but we obviously have much respect for them since we met them in the finals the past three years,” stated junior Davis Neitzschman, a returning starter from last season.
This year’s team consist of seven returning starters and a deep bench, which plays an important role in the maturity and skill aspects for the Wolves.
“We were young last year, so this year we have a year’s experience under our belt,” said Coach Sean Moser. “We only have three starting seniors, so we are mostly junior heavy. That just states we should have a great season this year and next.”
In Moser’s eyes, the four teams that he considers “state contenders” this year are Jesuit, Brother Martin, St. Paul’s, and Lafayette.
A plot twist in the Jesuit-St. Paul’s rivalry that not many people know about is that Coach Moser was once good friends with Jesuit’s head soccer coach, Hubi Collins. At one time, Moser worked for the same program as Collins, but was released from his coaching position. According to Moser, Collins later apologized for releasing him, but Moser never went back to the program with him.
“For 10 years, I hung out with him, went to his wedding, etc., so when we beat them three years ago in state, it was pretty sweet,” Moser said. “Also, the players play each other in club over the summer, so the whole rivalry has become quite exciting and personal in a way.”
With the returning starters and a deep depth chart, St. Paul’s is expected to have a great season. Students are encouraged to follow the message of the school’s fight song and “cheer St. Paul’s to victory.”