The LHHS varsity men’s soccer team hung in there for 79 minutes, going toe-to-toe with 2008 state champs Flower Mound Marcus, currently ranked first in the nation by ESPN. Unfortunately for the Cats, regulation play at the Jesuit Meinster tournament was 80 full minutes, and the Marauders slipped in a goal, bending the ball in from the corner, past goalkeeper Myles Osborn’s reach. But what a game.

Myles had some spectacular saves – leaping, diving, and demonstrating all manner of contortionist moves to stop the ball. It was as if he and the other members of the team were too ornery to admit the two-time state champions deserved to win.

Fellow captain Emmet Kumeh, playing sweeper, also made numerous outstanding plays, calmly shutting down their offense and frustrating all-star players like Gino de Paoli and Zach Barnes (both are members of the national champion Texans 92 club team and Zach was chosen for the NSCAA/adidas High School All-America Team). Emmet repeatedly brushed off their drives to the goal like they were flies at a picnic.

Next up, this weekend’s RISD Ice Bowl tournament. We’ll bring you times, locations and opponents when they are finalized.

Oh and, speaking of RISD, Richardson High School defeated Allen, ranked 16th in the nation by ESPN, at Jesuit Meinster. RHS is coached by former LHHS assistant Ryan Logan. You’ll remember Ryan as the cover-guy on the Advocate’s “Hottest Coaches” issue in 2007. He greeted his former Wildcat players with hugs and high-fives all ‘round.