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Another Win, Another Shutout for Soccer Rebels

Priory blanks MICDS 5-0 Wednesday in a Metro League contest at MICDS.

The soccer team has played 11 games this season.

The Rebels have won them all and have given up just one goal all season. They recorded their 10th shutout of 2011 Wednesday in a convincing 5-0 Metro League victory over MICDS.

"We are strong all over the field and everybody defends," Priory coach John Mohrmann said of the key to the tremendous defensive record. "It keeps the pressure off the backs and the keeper."

Rebel senior sweeper Kyle Martin is often without a lot of work during a game.

"There are times that 20 or 25 minutes go by and I don't touch the ball," said Martin, who has started on varsity since he was a freshman. "Our motto this year is "fierce" and that is the way we play defensively from the forwards all the way to the backs."

Priory took a 3-0 halftime advantage Wednesday as Andrew Rhodes and James Pieper scored goals less than two minutes apart midway through the half and Rhodes added another goal late in the half.

The second half was much tighter. Jeff Hopson scored for the Rebels midway through the half and Joaquin Alarcon converted a penalty kick late in the game.

"They are a top notch team," MICDS coach Terry Murray said of the Rebels. "They are the best team in the conference and the best team of schools of our size and they can proabably play with any size team.

"We have played two good larger school teams, Hazelwood West and Lafayette, and Priory is the best team we have played. They are disciplined and play viracious defense.

"I was disappointed with the way we played in the first half today. We were tentative and caught up in watching them. I was more pleased with our play in the second half. We were much more aggressive."

The loss dropped MICDS to .500 both in the league (3-3) and overall (6-6) while Priory improved to 11-0.

The Rebels were ranked No. 1 headed into the post-season in 2010 only to be upset by Clayton in the first round of district.

Priory hopes to close this season at No. 1.

"Many of these seniors have played on varsity since they were freshmen or sophomores," Mohrmann said. "I think we are as good as any team around. We have skilled players with experience and they play hard."

That is a combination which will should make this year's post-season a lot longer one for the Rebels.

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