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High School Soccer: Chaminade Bests Priory In Season Opener

The Red Devils and Rebels played a scoreless first half Friday before Chaminade broke it open in the second.

The campus hosted a soccer environment befitting a late season clash, not the season opener Friday, as the Rebels hosted their cross-town competitors from .

The Red Devils, sitting atop the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's large school rankings, did something against Priory that took Rebel opponents most of last season to do. They scored. They did so three times, all in the second half, as Chaminade went on to the 3-0 shutout.

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Priory Goalie Tristan Helmuth made several saves in the first half as Chaminade spent most of the action parked in Rebel territory. Helmuth is one of many new faces logging varsity minutes for Priory this season. The team lost 14 seniors from the 2011 squad that was undefeated en route to a state championship and returns a single starter, senior co-captain Sam Newman.

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The only way Priory Head Coach John Mohrmann can learn about those new faces is by playing them, so T.J. Niemann came on in goal in the second half. While Chaminade's Tom Barlow found the back of the net in the 38th minute, and the Red Devils found paydirt two minutes later on a well-executed throw-in by Matt Kilwin which found Jordan Bay, Mohrmann said the team's second half defense in front of Niemann had collapsed as it tired against the more experienced opponent.

Chaminade senior co-captain Jason Pesek closed out the scoring in the 21st minute.

Red Devil Head Coach Mike Gauvain said his team came away with a better understanding of their conditioning and how their players are positioned on the field.

They'll have a chance to put both of those areas back to the test quickly, as Chaminade visits Webster Groves Monday and then meets up with 2011 state runner-up Oakville on Wednesday.

Priory has another tough early season test against Parkway Central Tuesday.

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