September 28, 2011
No. 3 Jesuit to play No. 2 DeMatha in St. Louis soccer tourney

Instead of No. 1 vs. No. 2 it will be No. 2 vs. No. 3 when DeMatha Catholic of Hyattsville, Md., plays Jesuit on Saturday in the Gateway City Classic in St. Louis.

After its 1-1 tie Friday with Davis, the Marauders (13-0-1) dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America boys fall soccer rankings.

DeMatha (7-0-0) remained at No. 2 as previous No. 3 St. Benedict's Prep (10-0-0) of Newark, N.J., catapulted to No. 1.

Jesuit opens the prestigious high school event Thursday against Chaminade of St. Louis.

"No excuses because Davis is a good side," Jesuit coach Paul Rose said of the draw with the Blue Devils in Carmichael. "I told the kids, 'Don't worry so much about the rankings. The rankings will take care of themselves.' We have Chaminade and DeMatha (this) week and No. 6 Marquette (Oct. 8 at Jesuit) upcoming, so we're still in the mix."

The tie with Davis ended Jesuit's nation-leading win streak at 68 matches.

"Props to the guys who were able to carry on the streak for so long," Rose said. "That is very difficult to do, very impressive."

Rose has been impressed how his team has responded since the loss of star midfielder Jeff Rose, the coach's son who was lost for the season with a knee injury Sept. 9, and the decision of two players to leave the team last week because of a conflict with a club program.

Granite Bay (9-1-2) also is in the Midwest event. The Grizzlies open Thursday night against Aquinas of Overland Park, Kan.

Granite Bay tumbled from No. 15 to No. 24 in the NSCAA rankings after tying Vista del Lago 4-4 and Davis 0-0 last week.



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