The Greenwood Blue Jays already have the state champions for basketball, but the Jays are hungry for more.
The 16-4 Blue Jays soccer squad is heading to Fenton, MO for the Class 1 state tournament semifinals on Friday against St. Paul Lutheran (Concordia), who enters the match at 21-0-1.
Greenwood advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Laquey. The Blue Jays won the Class 1 District 6 championship over Fair Grove 1-0 and are currently ranked 4th in the state in Class 1.
Coach Chris Shull told OI that seniors on the team really made a difference.
“We have a good group of seniors who went to the final four when they were freshman,” Shull said. “They wanted to go back before they graduated. Their leadership is the big difference.”
The team dominated the all-district teams, with 5 first teamers and 5 second teamers.
The five All-District First Team were seniors Aiden McQueary, Joseph Rollinson, and Josh Henry; junior Hugh McWay; and sophomore Zach Bailey.
Second Team members were senior Branden Broadnax; juniors Cooper Clark and Dominic Polly; and sophomores Gavin Duncan and Kyle Holmes.
Shull said that he’s looking forward to seeing what the team can do at the Final Four.
“This team is very grounded and realistic despite getting this far,” Shull said. “They also realize what level of competition awaits them at the final four. They want to compete. They want to win. This was evident this past week at practice. Sure, anything can happen at state and we are going to be facing amazing teams but I am excited to see how we will respond. Whatever happens, I am very proud of this team. This is a tight group and we all don’t want this to end.”
The semifinal match against St. Paul Lutheran will kick off at noon Friday at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.