The End of an Era

Team record improves every year from 2016-19


Joey Feudner, sports editor

From 2016 to 2019, the St. Joseph Catholic Academy boy’s soccer team improved, record wise, every single year. The Lancers went 6-12-2 (W-L-T) in 2016, followed up by a 9-9-5 record the next year. In 2018, St. Joseph managed eleven wins, eight losses, and three ties. The Lancers recorded a school record thirteen wins this season to go along with six losses and two ties.

“The 2019 Lancers team obtained the best record in the last decade of St. Joseph boys soccer history. With incredible dedication to the game, the team survived many ups and downs of the season. Their record was hard fought and well deserved,” said coach Gino Alia. “I’m very proud of the boys and all that they’ve accomplished this season.”

Led by senior captains Patrick Connolly and Joey Feudner, the team began the season knocking off two local Division One opponents (Bradford and Tremper) while being heavily underdogged. 

St. Joseph went on to win two more games by a combined score of ten to zero before losing their first match of the season to the reigning division four champion: University School. Beginning with that loss, the Lancers hit a rough couple of weeks going 1-2-2. 

However, the boys bounced back with a three game win streak. They outscored their opponents eleven to one; including knocking off St. Thomas Moore, long time conference foe and the sixth-ranked team in division three.

Riddled with injuries, the Lancers were missing two of their starting defenders, Matt Schulte and Patrick Leconte. This meant trouble against cross-town rival Shoreland Lutheran and D1 Racine Horlick. St. Joseph went on to finish the last two weeks of the season with five wins and two losses.

When asked about the progression the Lancer soccer team made throughout the year, senior captain and leader Ricardo Vasquez responded, “I think the team has progressed really well to where we are now. Knowing that our record was positive really shows a lot about how the team has grown. Obviously, we had our ups and downs but we learned from that which is why we have progressed well this season.”

The Lancers’ season came to an abrupt end on Thursday night, losing to Dominican, 3-1, in the regional semi-final.