SoccerColumbia’s Sean Rickey puts a little something extra into throwing in the ball during a game in the CYC Tournament. Click here for photos from the 2013 soccer season. (John Spytek photo)
Monroe County boasted some of the best soccer players in the St. Louis area, not to mention a state championship for a perennial soccer powerhouse.
The Columbia Eagles got off to a 13-0 start and finished 21-3 overall, 6-0 and in first place in the Cahokia Conference. They scored 110 goals on the season, nearly double the next-best conference opponent, and allowed just 15 goals all season — an average of .6 per game. They were defeated in their sectional semifinal game to eventual state-champs, Gibault.
Valmeyer had a up-and- down season as they looked to rebuild after graduating a number of seniors last year. They also saw their season come to an end at the hands of Gibault, losing to the Hawks in the regional semifinals.
Gibault capped off their 19-4-4 season with the school’s fourth state championship, the first under current head coach Matt Reeb.
Waterloo finished with a re- cord of 11-10-2, 7-3 in the Mississippi Valley Conference. They lost their regional championship to conference rival Triad.
Pick up the Dec. 31 edition of the R-T to view the members of the all-local team.
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