Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cor Jesu Has the Drive in '95

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cor Jesu Has the Drive in '95

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A year ago the Chargers of Cor Jesu Academy enjoyed a solid soccer season. They won 17 of 21 games and reached the state sectionals. But there was something missing.

"We just didn't have the drive, that desire to excel and succeed," said coach Dave Gauvain, who guided the Chargers to the state final in 1993, a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Incarnate Word. "Each team has its own personality and it just didn't seem like we were as hungry last year."

But the Chargers seem to have that drive again in 1995. They're 13-1 and ranked fourth in the latest Post-Dispatch poll of area coaches. Last weekend they won the Soccerfest at St. Louis Soccer Park, beating Collinsville 3-1 Friday before knocking off eighth-ranked Oakville 1-0 in the semifinals and 10th-ranked Mehlville 1-0 in the finals Saturday.

"Any time you beat quality teams like Oakville and Mehlville, it's a big deal. And we beat both on the same day," Gauvain said. "It was a long day, a wet day, and it's a different game when you play on the turf, but I was really pleased with the way the girls played. Every one of our players stepped up and did a great job that day."

Gauvain has nine seniors who were on the varsity in 1993 and it's that type of senior leadership that's made all the difference this year.

"They don't all start, but whenever they're out on the field, you can see a special unity," the coach said. "They've all been there before, so they know what it takes to be successful. We have a good team concept working for us and we're playing some good soccer."

Cor Jesu's leader is senior midfielder Lisa Berra, a third-team All-Metro selection a year ago.

"Lisa has tremendous field vision and has a great knack of getting the ball where it's supposed to be," Gauvain said. "And she just refuses to quit. When we're behind, it's almost as if she feels personally responsible for it."

Gauvain also noted the steady play of sophomore sweeper Shay Unterreiner. "There's always a tendency to overlook the defenders," he said. …

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