The Columbia High School boys soccer team is this week’s Republic-Times Team of the Week.
The undefeated Eagles (8-0) defeated cross-county rivals the Gibault Hawks Tuesday night in a heated historical match-up, 2-1, after falling to the Hawks in both their meetings last year– once during the regular season and for the regional championships during the post-season. To read more on Tuesday’s game, click here.
Led by first-year head coach, Jason Mathenia, CHS currently tops the Cahokia Conference standings. The team also leads the conference on both sides of the ball. The Eagles have scored 50 goals (6.3 average) so far this season, while Wesclin — the conference’s No. 2 scoring team, has just 19 goals on the season. Meanwhile, CHS has allowed just four goals against them (0.5 average) in their first eight contests, with four shutouts so far.
As of Thursday, Columbia’s Matthew Roderick is No. 2 overall in the St. Louis area in scoring with 15 goals and 4 assists, totaling 34 points– just one point shy of No. 1 (Donovan Gagen, Althoff). Fellow teammate Andrew Dossett is No. 4 with 12 goals and 7 assists. Kyle Gudeman and Quinten Spivey are also among the area’s top 20 scoring leaders, with Gudeman No. 2 in the metro area in assists (11).
The Eagles also have a solid force in goal with goalkeeper Eddie Starr, who is tied for first in the area with a perfect winning percentage (7-0). Ryan Menner also shares time in the net and has one of the highest save percentages in the area at 1.000.
Columbia hosts Valmeyer Thursday night and will take part in the CYC Tournament next week.
Good job Eagles, keep up the good work!