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Gibault wins Metro Cup

By on August 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Gibault vs Columbis Soccer 2012

Columbia’s Quinten Spivey (right) beats Gibault’s Ethan Shields and Wes Degener to a loose ball Saturday. (John Spytek photo)

Gibault soccer coach Matt Reeb couldn’t have predicted a better start to the season.

On Saturday, Gibault beat Columbia, 4-2, in the championship game of the Metro Lutheran Cup in Columbia.

“While I am obviously pleased the way we played in the tournament, we still have some work to do,” Reeb said.

Gibault (4-1) jumped to an early 3-0 lead over Columbia (2-1), before the Eagles scored two unanswered goals in the first half. Gibault, however, put the game away with a late goal.

Andrew Reinholz scored two goals for Gibault, including the game winner. Mitch Meyer and Sam Toal scored a goal apiece for the Hawks, who advanced to the tourney finals with a 6-2 win over the Mater Dei Knights earlier Saturday.

Meyer had a hat trick against the Knights. Frank Mantia, Wes Degener and Tom Franceson scored a goal apiece in the win.

Gibault opened the tourney Friday with a 3-0 win over Freeburg.

Reeb hopes the tourney gives his bunch a confidence boost. “It’s alway nice to get some wins under your belt,” he added.

The competition will only get tougher in the weeks ahead for the Hawks.

On Monday night, Gibault hosted St. Louis University High School at Oerter Park. SLUH beat Gibault, 4-1.

Gibault goalkeeper Austin Gregson played a great game, making 10 saves. Degener scored Gibault’s lone goal.

“They are one of the best teams in the St. Louis-area,” Reeb said.

Tonight (Wednesday), Gibault will play Alton-Marquette. Next Tuesday, Gibault will entertain O’Fallon. Gibault will play at Edwardsville on Sept. 5 before they return home five days later, and host Vianney at Oerter Park.

Gibault will need to play their best soccer to stand a chance in any of these games.

Reeb said he is pleased with his bunch’s early offensive production. “We are being a very dynamic offense right now,” he said. “But we are now going to find out how good we really are.”

“If we can compete with the big boys, we will be able to play with anybody.”

Mark Hodapp

Sports Editor