For one last time, the area’s top soccer players will take the field to compete with and against one another. The 28th annual Missouri Athletic Club Senior All-Star high school soccer game will take place Saturday at the renovated Anheuser-Busch Center. The girls all-star game kicks off at 6 p.m. The boys will start just after 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. It costs $2 to park.
If Jenn Miller was any tougher, she’d open bottles with her teeth. Miller, a midfielder, was the best all-around player for the Cor Jesu soccer team this spring, and everyone knew it. When the whistle blew, Miller had to be, more often than not, ready to rumble. Soccer is notoriously physical, and the midfield is where bodies collide, legs get intertwined and the occasional elbow introduces itself to a rib cage. In the midfield, you can turn around into someone’s chest one minute and the next be admiring those pretty, puffy clouds high in the sky.
Cor Jesu players Emily Bollinger (left), Jenn Miller (12) and Erin McGauley celebrate with the Class 3 state championship trophy following their 3-0 victory over Lee's Summit North in Saturday's championship game at Blue Springs South. (Paul Kopsky | STLhighschoolsports.com)
Sam Bersett’s eyelids felt like 50-pound dumbbells. The senior goalkeeper for the Cor Jesu soccer team, Bersett was running on empty.
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Every day from this point forward is precious. Every practice is a little reminder they’re still together. Every game is an exercise in Darwinism, survival of the fittest. Eat or be eaten. Win or go home. It’s playoff time and the Cor Jesu Academy field hockey team has no interest in going its separate ways. Yesterday was the first round of the Midwest Field Hockey tournament. It’s a pretty good bet that the Chargers, 16-2, are among the half of the field that advanced to the second round scheduled for Saturday.
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