Immaculate Conception School made sports history this past fall. The IC 8th grade soccer team won the Catholic Athletic Association City Championship, defeating Nativity 2 to 1 at St. Thomas Academy. This is the first time in the school’s history to win a City Championship in soccer.
Winning is always nice, but this group of players and everything that went into the season made it memorable. In a way the championship was not a huge surprise, as the team made it all the way to finals the previous year, losing 1-0 to St. Paul Academy. This year, the make-up of the team was interesting. Ten boys and four girls were on the team, including two sets of twins.
The IC team plays in an 8th Grade Boys league, even though the team had nine 8th grade students and five 7th grade students. The schools they faced had much larger enrollments than ICS. In spite of this disadvantage, the team won eight games and lost only one in the regular season before winning three straight games in the playoffs.
One other interesting note about this team was its diverse make-up, with ten players whose families came from South Sudan, Liberia, Ecuador, and Ethiopia.
No matter their age, gender, or ethnic background, the players came together to form a team that played great on the pitch and off. Immaculate Conception School, their love of soccer, and their faith in God were the uniting factors that brought them all together. Before every game we said a Hail Mary and this little prayer: “Please God let us have fun, no one get hurt in this wonderful game of soccer.”
It was a great season, with a great ending. Go Raiders!