After putting together one of the most dominant seasons ever recorded in Missouri, the defending Class 2 soccer champion Priory Rebels will look much different this fall. Much different.
John Mohrmann can’t explain it. Was it written in the stars? Was it fate? Was it luck? Morhmann just wrapped up his 20th season as coach of the Priory soccer team. The weekend before Thanksgiving, Mohrmann guided the Rebels to their second Class 2 state championship. They finished 27-0. It’s the second time a boys soccer team has gone unbeaten and untied in the state of Missouri. The first time was in 2005, when Priory went 26-0. “It is hard to believe,” Morhmann, 50, says. “It’s pretty amazing it’s happened twice.”
John Mohrmann isn’t surprised by any of this. Not completely, anyway. Did he see his St. Louis Priory School soccer team closing in on 90 goals, while only allowing one through 16 games? Probably not. Did he think this team would be unbeaten at this point? It was in the realm of reasonable possibility. Did he know this year’s Rebels might be the best team to ever pull on a Priory shirt? Yes. If healthy he believed this group could be just that. “The main thing is this group understands what good soccer is,” Mohrmann says.
Who’s the best soccer team in town? There are plenty of contenders and most of them are the usual suspects. Is it De Smet? CBC? SLUH? Chaminade? Whitfield?
All will be quiet off of Soccer Park Road the weekend before Thanksgiving this year, and next year and the year after that.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
Claire Broderick Copeland and Hugh Danford Tychsen were married March 5 at Church of the Annunziata in Ladue in a ceremony officiated by Monsignor John Leykam. A private reception followed, which included a fireworks display and cake cutting with an 1859 Marine Corps sword.