Boys Varsity Soccer
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Sep 22, 2018
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ST. EDWARD CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: 2
A nemesis tightens its grasp over time, through many ruined plans and wrecked dreams; through long lasting frustration and heartache. The late 80s Chicago Bulls needed to find a way to vanquish the Detroit Pistons who beat them three straight years in the NBA playoffs; the early-90s Green Bay Packers could not get through the Dallas Cowboys, losing to them three straight years in the NFL playoffs. Rockford Christian boys’ soccer team is in a similar position with Elgin St. Edward. The Green Wave – the current nemesis of RC soccer -- secured a 2-0 victory over the Royal Lions Saturday. It was RC’s sixth straight loss to St. Edward since 2015, including two playoff-ending losses.
St. Edward limited the Royal Lions to 11 shots, and sophomore Ben Wood came closest to getting RC on the scoreboard with a second half dribbling attack that penetrated the Green Wave defense near their goal. His cross resulted in a scrum, but no one was able to put the loose ball in the net. They would get no closer. A first half goal by junior Josh Johansen and a second half goal by Uriel Carachure put the game away for the Green Wave which improved to 13-1-1.
“They’ve had our number for a while and it gets pretty frustrating for our players,” said head coach Eron Harvey. “We haven’t beaten St Ed since 2010. But the RC soccer program has been here before. We’ve turned the tables on long-standing rivals before. It can be done.”
RC’s previous nemesis, Keith, knocked the Royal Lions out of the playoffs six straight years between 2007-2012 before Rockford Christian upset them in 2013. Currently, RC owns a four-game winning streak over the Cougars. Times can change. The 1990 Chicago Bulls finally defeated the Detroit Pistons in the playoffs and went onto the first of their six championships. The 1996 Green Bay Packers finally made it to the Super Bowl, though someone else had to vanquish their Dallas Cowboy tormentors.
And so it could hold true for the Royal Lions. With the way the IHSA Class 1A playoff brackets are set, Rockford Christian and St. Edward could face off in the Sectional Finals.
The Royal Lions record now stands at 14-4-1 on the season. They can do nothing but turn the page to the next game, a Monday contest against, ironically, Keith. The game promises to serve as a reminder that times do change, streaks will end, and a nemesis’ hold can loosen.