All in all, a lot of success – and a lot of good memories.
As importantly, there was a lot of late-season improvement around Cathedral High School 2021 boys soccer. That made Joel Russell’s second season as coach successful.
“It was a good year,” Russell said.
It was a memorable one, too, with the Irish not only winning the Class 3A, Section 11 tournament but also beating East Central, 1-0, in a regional semifinal. The Irish finished one game from the Class 3A Final Four, losing the regional final by 3-0 to No. 10-ranked ...
Cathedral Boys Soccer won Sectionals by beating a tough Lawrence North team 1-0. Josh Wesseling capped a great solo run with his 17th goal of the season to put the Irish up 1-0. After nearly a 90 minute rain delay, the Irish battled LN the rest of the game and sealed their 4th Sectional championship in 5 years. The Irish move on to the Regional semi-finals and face East Central on Thursday, 10/14 at Grand Park at 6:00 pm.
Your Cathedral Irish avenged their City Finals loss to Arsenal Tech in the Sectional semi-finals beating Arsenal Tech 1-0. The game was hotly contested and included great defensive play from the Irish, notably seniors Alex Russell, Luke Hern, Trey Heyward and sophomore Liam Fahey. Chris Kiki converted a penalty kick midway through the 2nd half to lead the Irish to victory. The Irish play Lawrence North in the Sectional Finals on Monday, 10/11 at 6:00 pm at FC Pride Performance Park.
Irish led most of the match but Arsenal Tech scored two late goals to defeat the Irish 2-1 in the Finals. This is Tech's first city championship in boys soccer.
The boys team begins sectional play next week at Lawrence North where they may well face the Titans again.
Good Luck Irish!
Cathedral defeated Bishop Chatard in the semi-finals of the City Championship 3-0. Irish goal scorers included Belachew Neal (1), Josh Wesseling (2) and Cal Kurzawa (1). The Irish next play Arsenal Tech in the City Championship on Wednesday, 9/28 at 8:00 pm.
Your Cathedral Irish opened the City Championship with a win against Cardinal Ritter 4-0. Irish goal scorers included Belachew Neal (1), Josh Wesseling (2) and Chris Kiki (1). The game marked the last for Bashir Birany as the Head Coach of Cardinal Ritter. We congratulate Bashir on a great career at Ritter and wish him continued success. The Irish next play Bishop Chatard at Heritage Chrisitan on Monday, 9/27 at 6:00 pm.
Your Cathedral Fighting Irish lose to Carmel 2-0 on Carmel’s senior night. The game was played primarily between the 18’s with Carmel scoring in each half. The game marked the last regular season game for the Irish capping a 7-4-2 regular season. The Irish open up play in the City Championship Sunday, 9/26, hosting Cardinal Ritter at 2:00 pm.
our Cathedral Irish battled to a scoreless draw at Roncalli. Facing a Roncalli team with 18 seniors on their senior night, the Irish withstood early pressure with excellent defensive play by sophomore Liam Fahey, senior captain Alex Russell and freshman goalie Jett Wallmeier. The game marked the 2nd shut-out for Wallmeier on the season having come back from injury on 9/10.
The Irish next travel to #13 ranked Carmel on Thursday, 9/23.
Your Cathedral Irish hosted #5 ranked Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday, 9/18 and dropped a heart breaker 2-1. Despite being up 1-0 on a great goal from sophomore Kenyon “Belachew” Neal, the Irish gave up 2 second half restart goals to lose.
The Irish next face Roncalli on Tuesday, 9/21.
Your Cathedral Irish hosted #1 ranked Guerin Catholic on Irish senior night and walked away with a dominate 4-0 win. Junior sensation Josh Wesseling opened the scoring and gave the Irish a 1-0 halftime lead. The Irish counterattack produced 3 more 2nd have goals by senior captain Chris Kiki, senior Will Baker and senior captain Alex Russell.
The Irish next face #3 ranked Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday, 9/18.
The Irish took the field at Pride Performance Center against #18 ranked Ft. Wayne Homestead and came away with a 2-1 victory. Goals from senior captain Chris Kiki and junior Josh Wesseling led the Irish with assists from senior Alex Russell and sophomore Liam Fahey.
The Irish move on to face #1 ranked Guerin Catholic on Tuesday, 9/14, senior night for the Irish.
There’s a good feeling around Cathedral High School boys soccer these days.
The numbers are strong, as is the outlook for the future – and as second-year boys soccer coach Joel Russell sees it, there’s a lot of reason for optimism in the 2021 season.
“I like what I’m seeing,” Russell said. “You just don’t know, but I think there’s some potential.”
The reason for that optimism?
The Irish have a strong core of senior leaders and a strong group of attackers, giving what traditionally is...
Your Cathedral Irish hosted Covenant Christian on Thursday. The Irish were dominant from the kick off and won the game 8-0 against the visiting Warriors. Ayrton Graziano opened the scoring for the Irish with his 1st Cathedral goal - Congratulations Ayron! Chris Kiki and Cayler Johnson added 2 goals each. Freshman Cal Kurwaza scored 3 goals recording his first hat-trick for Cathedral - Congratulations Cal! Jack Lefevbre recorded his 4th shut-out on the season.
The Irish next host #15 - 3A Southport at 11:30 am on Saturday. The game...
Your Cathedral Irish were back in action at Brebeuf and thanks to an early bomb from sophomore Kenyon “Belachew” Neal led at halftime 1-0. Freshman Cal Kurzawa picked up the easiest assist possible as he tapped the 2nd half kickoff to junior Josh Wesseling who proceeded to dribble the length of the field and score 8 seconds into the half. 30 seconds later, Josh Wesseling scored again to put the Irish up 3-0 on an assist from senior Will Baker. Not to be confused with Wesseling’s lightning strikes, the game ended early due to lighte...
The Irish dropped a hard-fought game to #15 ranked Southport 4-2. Josh Wesseling led the Irish with 2 goals, Alex Russell and Liam Fahey both tallied an assist. The game was marred by an ugly incident from a Southport player that was handled with class and integrity from senior captain Chris Kiki. Kudos to you Chris for living our Holy Cross values. The Irish next play at cross-town rival Brebeuf on Tuesday, 9/7.