Soccer Team Stuck in 4th in League Race

Goalkeeper Jordan McGehee and teammate Jake Burkhardt eye the ball after stopping an attack from a Clayton player. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

The Brentwood High School soccer team stayed stuck in fourth place in the conference with a 3-0 loss to Crossroads on Tuesday at BHS.

The loss kept the Eagles toward the bottom of the five-team South Central AA Conference. They can still move up by winning their two remaining games, against Hancock and Valley Park, but it won’t be easy. It took a shootout to beat Hancock on Sept. 19 and four days later they edged Valley Park by only one goal.

For the most part, Brentwood, 5-7 overall, has put up good fights against league opponents. Delete their 8-0 loss to Bayless and their remaining three losses were by a total of five goals.

Eddie Wright leads BHS in scoring, followed by Quinn Evans, Ben Moran and Seamus Saunders. Saunders, Wright and Bradley Jones are the assist leaders. Jordan McGehee is the goalkeeper.

Last year the Eagles finished 8-12 overall and in third place in the conference.

Brentwood runs through a warmup exercise before the game with Clayton. They are (from left) Ben Moran, Sean Reilly, Bradley Jones and Mahoto Sasaki. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

South Central AA Conference
Standings as of Oct. 1
Bayless 4-0
Crossroads 3-1
Hancock 2-2
Brentwood 2-4
Valley Park 0-5

Marcos Sanchez (left) and Eddie Wright shield their eyes from the setting sun while watching for the ball in warmups. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

BHS Boys 2014 Varsity Soccer Schedule
Sept. 2, beat Hazelwood East 10-0
Sept. 4, lost to Bayless 8-0
Sept. 8, beat Metro 5-2
Sept. 12, lost to Crossroads 3-2
Sept. 15, lost to Bayless 3-2
Sept. 16, lost to Principia 6-0
Sept. 19, beat Hancock 3-2 in shootout
Sept. 23, beat Valley Park 3-2
Sept. 24, beat Cleveland NJROTC 7-1
Sept. 29, lost to Clayton 5-0
Sept. 30, lost to Crossroads 3-0
Oct. 1, lost to St. Pius X-Festus 10-0
Mon. Oct. 6, McCluer, home, 4 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 7, Hancock, home, 6 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 10, Valley Park, home, 6 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 15, JFK, away, 6 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 16, Liberty, home, 6 p.m.

All photos by Steve Bowman, from Sept. 29 at Clayton

Jordan McGehee stops this close-range shot from Clayton in the opening two minutes of the game.
Rayce Lynch cuts to dribble the ball past a defender.
Bradley Jones takes aim.
Michael McGrath gets in a tight skirmish..
Jake Burkhardt heads off an attack.
Quinn Evans and Michael McGrath (15) try to generate some offense.
Neal Bhattacharya looks into the glare of the setting sun for an open teammate.
Slowed by a leg injury, Seamus Saunders is double-teamed.
Jimmy Thomas jumps to control the ball.
Ben Moran (left) and Alex Smoller control the possession.
Sean Reilly tries to protect the ball.
Clayton doesn’t give Cristian Sanchez much room to work.
A Clayton player suddenly reverses direction as Rayce Lynch defends.
Clayton attacks and (from left) Bradley Jones, goalkeeper Jordan McGehee and Jake Burkhardt arrive to stop the ball.
Bradley Jones leaps to head the ball.
Jimmy Thomas jumps over a sliding Clayton player.
A Clayton player passes the ball just as a skidding Alex Smoller arrives. Bradley Jones and Ban Moran are also in pursuit.
Bradley Jones isn’t happy that Brentwood trails 3-0 in the first half.
Trailing 4-0 at halftime, coach Cory Grage says what needs to be done in the second half.

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