A high-scoring, intense affair saw Bishop LeBlond come out on top during Tuesday’s soccer match-up against Maur Hill–Mount Academy at Eagle Stadium.
LeBlond won 4-3 thanks to a two-score effort by senior Noah Seiter. During the third minute of the contest, Seiter found his way into the back of the net to set the tone for the game. Later on in the second half during the 47th minute, Seiter scored on a header to break a 2-2 tie.
Seiter said he was just in the right place at the right time after the initial kick from fellow senior teammate Kanon Sumpter.
“It’s kind of funny, because I didn’t even see it coming,” Seiter said. “I saw the ball go up from Kanon (Sumpter), and I just started running to look for it. It hit off the top of my head and went in. I wasn’t even expecting it.”
Seiter followed the goal up with a cartwheel roundoff into a backflip, a celebration he doesn’t use often.
“That was probably one of the funniest goals I’ve had, so I felt like I needed to,” Seiter said.
Despite going down 2-0 in the first half, Maur Hill didn’t go out without a fight. The Ravens tied the game up in the second half, only to fall behind again after Seiter’s goal. Stevenson scored LeBlond’s fourth and final goal of the game to pad the lead, making Maur Hill’s third goal later during the late second half too little, too late.
For LeBlond coach Jerrin Jungbluth, his team’s second win of the season was a tough one that was heated up by the 89 degree temperature. Despite this, Jungbluth tips his hat to the Ravens.
“I think we just wanted to win,” Jungbluth said. “This was our second game in a row in the heat, and I think it showed a little bit. It was probably a game we let get a little bit closer than we should’ve given the opportunities that we had. They’re an excellent team with a couple of really strong players up front that gave us problems all day.”
There was some added physicality and words exchanged in the second half, something Jungbluth attributes to the nature of the game.
“I think both teams get frustrated and tired, and they start jumping in on tackles instead of being patient,” Jungbluth said. “That’s pretty normal for high school soccer.
LeBlond (2-4) next plays on Sept. 26 against St. Pius X (1-3) at 5 p.m. in Kansas City, Missouri.