Friday Night Smackdown: Soccer sets claws on Panthers

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Senior Jesus Toscano easily fends off 3 defenders from Bishop Dunn High School. Jesus and other leaders have driven the soccer team to a season performance never seen before in recent years. Photo by: Justin Van
Senior Jesus Toscano easily fends off 3 defenders from Bishop Dunn High School. Jesus and other senior leaders have driven the soccer team to a season performance never seen before in recent years. Photo by: Justin Van

The St. Thomas High School soccer team will face off against St. Pius X High School on Friday, January 13th at 7:00pm in Granger Stadium.

“I think that they’ll put up a fight as usual, but the way we’ve been competing and the level that we’re performing, they just won’t be able to match us.”

Grant Caillouet, Varsity player

The game follows a dominating win over John Paul the 23rd on Tuesday. The Eagles won 5-0, moving their combined season points to 27-5. The team is evidently earning more success than they have in the past, and this is reflecting well onto the attitude of some of the top players. The team is very optimistic about their match against Pius.

The game also marks an important first for the Eagle Broadcast Network. EBN will broadcast the game live via YouTube, marking the first soccer game to be broadcast by the network. EBN is well-known for broadcasting important football games, basketball games, and many important events around campus, but have not until now decided to branch out into soccer.

This broadcast is well-suited for the soccer game because the game conflicts with the varsity basketball game, which will be held at St. Pius High School at 7:30 on Friday night. The overwhelming majority of sports-going students are expected to attend the basketball game over the soccer game. However, both games embody an important rivalry that promises a fun night. Fortunately, students that miss the soccer game can catch up on the soccer team’s performance afterwards online.

“I encourage everyone to root for both soccer and basketball, but in terms of our upcoming playoff run, this is a big one for us.”

Grant Caillouet, Varsity player

Whichever game you plan to attend, this is a huge weekend in St. Thomas sports and everyone ought to come out and support our school across the city.

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Ryan is the Student Body President of St. Thomas High School. Outside of Student Council, he is a state-champion speaker on the Speech and Debate team, an anchor for the Eagle Broadcast Network, and a well-below-average basketball player.

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