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Bomber Soccer Takes State

November 11, 2018

The varsity soccer team was featured in the 11.11.18 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "John Burroughs sophomore forward Johnny Gates is no fan of cold weather. Gates was visibly shivering Saturday afternoon after the Class 2 boys soccer state title game at Soccer Park, but that could just as easily be due to his part in a history-making effort. Gates scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the game as John Burroughs powered its way past St. Charles West with a 3-0 victory. 'It's very cold out here,' Gates said. 'But to be a state champion is unbelievable and that feeling is what's so great right now.' Burroughs took control early and never let up on its way to winning the fourth state championship in program history. The Bombers also took home the Class 2 championship trophy in 2016 to go along with Class 1 titles in 2008 and 2013. In the third minute, Burroughs got what it needed as Gates ran on to a pass from freshman midfielder John Cordia and ripped it a shot past West senior goalkeeper Logan Lingle and inside the left post for the lead. 'It was a toe ball and it wasn't exactly pretty,' Gates said. 'But you know what? A goal is a goal. I just remember us losing last year when I was a freshman. I was sitting there on the bench, very close to tears. I knew I just didn't want to have that feeling again.' Burroughs (18-6-1) doubled its lead with 35 minutes to play as senior forward Andrew Keeney buried a penalty kick into the lower left corner. 'I think it really got us going and helped open the floodgates,' Keeney said. 'It just energized us a ton.' Just five minutes later, the Bombers tacked on the final goal as senior defender Collin Bradley scored off an assist from senior defender Chase Warner. The two second-half goals provided a cushion that, as it turned out, Burroughs didn't need. The Bombers' defense frustrated West at every turn, and the area's leading point-getter, senior Nick Schreiber. 'We went into the game knowing that we needed to mark him real well, so we had two guys who always knew where he was,' Bradley said of Schreiber. 'We made sure there was no chance he could get past us.' St. Charles West (25-2, No. 1 in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings) did manage three shots on goal with two coming from Schreiber, but Burroughs did more than enough defensively to earn the win. 'Honestly, I think we saved our best for last,' Burroughs coach Alan Trzecki said. 'This is the team I thought we could be all season. We were just trying to sort through player groupings and systems and trust and all of those things. To put it together on the last day is truly special.' Senior goalkeeper John Nash made the three saves to earn the shutout win for Burroughs. 'I think it was very nice to showcase that we did have enough to do what it takes to make it all the way this year and add to the school's history,' Keeney said. 'We knew we were good all throughout the season. It feels great to prove it to everybody just what we were capable of achieving.' ..."