2012 De Smet Jesuit Soccer Preview: 'New Team, New Year'

The Spartans, defending state champions, will be without the services of Brian Hail, the Post-Dispatch Player of the Year, who has opted to play with the Scott Gallagher Soccer Academy.

Greg Vitello's went 24-4-1 en route to

But a new season is just that, a new season. Vitello has been outspoken about his intent to coach the players who tried out this fall, referring to the loss of some of the area's elite soccer talent to the Academy ranks following a much-debated move by USA Soccer to develop players away from the number of games played in the prep ranks.

Among players who have decided to go that route is who otherwise would be a senior fixture for the Spartans.

In an email exchange with Patch this week, Vitello said "New team- new year.  Last year is in the past. Need to focus on what is ahead." He described this fall's squad as inexperienced but willing to work hard to meet goals.

Key Returnees  Seniors: Dominic Berra–midfield; Dan Bruin–back; Jake Koenig–GK; Kevin Lewman–midfield; Danny Thompson–back; B.J. Tucker– forward; Junior: K.J. Jackson–midfield

Key Departures: Pat Conroy, Charlie Boehm, Sean Baddock, Louis Berra and Hail.


2012 De Smet Soccer Schedule


8/25/12 12:00 PM Edwardsville
    8/30/12 6:00 PM Duchesne Duchesne
    9/4/12 5:00 PM CBC Tournament vs. Vianney CBC
    9/6/12 5:00 PM CBC Tournament vs. SLUH CBC
    9/8/12 7:00 PM CBC Tournament vs. CBC CBC
    9/11/12 6:00 PM Eureka Eureka
    9/13/12 6:00 PM Rockwood Summit Rockwood Summit
    9/18/12 6:00 PM Marquette De Smet Jesuit
    9/20/12 4:00 PM John Burroughs De Smet Jesuit
    9/21/12 4:30 PM St. Viator High School (IL) Chicago, IL

  9/22/12 10:00 AM Loyola Academy (IL) Chicago, IL
    9/25/12 7:00 PM Ft. Zumwalt South Ft. Zumwalt South
    9/27/12 3:30 PM Gateway City Classic vs. St. James Academy Rockwood Summit
    10/1/12 5:00 PM Soccer Classic Tournament vs. St. Mary's
    10/2/12 5:15 PM Soccer Classic Tournament vs. Ft. Zumwalt West
    10/4/12 6:30 PM Soccer Classic Tournament vs. De Smet Jesuit
    10/6/12 12:00 PM Chaminade Chaminade
    10/9/12 6:00 PM CBC De Smet Jesuit
    10/13/12 2:00 PM St. Louis U. High St. Louis U. High
    10/16/12 7:00 PM Vianney De Smet Jesuit
    10/18/12 6:00 PM De Smet Jesuit
    10/19/12 6:00 PM Francis Howell Central Francis Howell Central
    10/25/12 6:00 PM Francis Howell North De Smet Jesuit
    10/27-11/3/12   Districts TBA


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