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Valmeyer soccer gets first win

By on September 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm
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Pictured are members of the Valmeyer soccer team. They are, from left, Michaela Clifton, Corey Gaynor, Brandyn Stuart, Dakota Maus and Quintin Bangle. Back row: Clayton Middleton, Philip Johnson, Hunter Brewer, Ryan Unterseh, Jack Fitzwilliam, Brady Rober, and Mathius Hemenway. (Mark Hodapp photo)

You have to admire the drive and determination of the Valmeyer High School soccer team who got its first win of the season on Monday night against East Alton Wood River High, 3-2.

“The win gave us some confidence and showed that we have the ability to play with other teams,” Valmeyer soccer coach Neil Siburt said.

Despite the Pirates struggle to fill the roster before the season even began, Valmeyer (1-3) was still determined to play, no matter what.

“So many have never played a sport before,” explained Siburt after the win. “It really helps them understand what is needed to be productive in a soccer game and how much effort it takes to be successful.”

Valmeyer’s Quinton Bangle led the Pirates to the win with two goals. Dakota Maus had an assist. Matt Hemenway was in goal for the Pirates on Monday, as well.

Two days prior, Valmeyer’s Hunter Brewer scored the Pirates’ first goal of the season, assisted by Maus against Lebanon. But Lebanon beat Valmeyer, 3-1.

“We have been improving every week and getting a win showed them that they are improving,” said Siburt. “It helps most of the players with confidence.”

Valmeyer has only played four games so far this season, putting the Pirates at 1-3 and giving the team plenty of time to find its footing.

Coming up for Valmeyer, the Pirates will host Columbia on Thursday.

To get a break-down of other soccer action throughout the area, pick-up this week’s edition of the Republic-Times, out Sept. 12.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.