Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Adewumni Ignites Playoff Run for CBC; Soccer; Senior Elevates His Play, Scoring Three Game-Winners in Cadets' Streak

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Adewumni Ignites Playoff Run for CBC; Soccer; Senior Elevates His Play, Scoring Three Game-Winners in Cadets' Streak

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L.J. Adewumni has been a key figure in the CBC soccer team's attack for two seasons. But the speedy senior has taken his game to a new level in recent weeks.

During the Cadets' six-game winning streak, Adewumni has had five goals, including three game-winners, and two assists. Last week in district play, he scored the insurance goal in a 2-0 victory over defending Class 3 state champion De Smet in the semifinals, then netted the second and third goals in CBC's title-clinching 4-2 victory over top-seeded Marquette, which was ranked third among STLhighschoolsports.com large schools.

Ranked second in the area, CBC battled by Lafayette 2-1 in sectional action Tuesday night. In that game, Adewumni knocked in a cross from Dave Geerling for the deciding goal with 11 minutes to play. Earlier in the match, he ripped a shot off the crossbar.

"I think a big key to my play lately is my mental approach," said Adewumni, whose 22-5-1 Cadets host seventh-ranked Vianney (17-10-1) in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Saturday. "I've been spending a lot of time trying to visualize the game and what I need to do to be successful. At this point, I realize that every game could be the last of my high school career, and I'm trying to do everything I can do keep it going as long as possible."

CBC coach Terry Michler said a lot of Adewumni's recent surge comes from confidence and team continuity.

"Earlier in the season, when we were dealing with injuries, I feel like a lot of guys, including L.J., were trying to do a little too much, trying to make up for the guys out of the lineup," Michler said. "But now that we've pretty well settled into a lineup, everybody knows his role, and L.J. has thrived because of it. L.J. has tremendous speed and skill, but he's also a very smart player, a guy who can read the game and who anticipates better than most. Not only has he scored some big goals for us, but he's also checking back to help in the midfield, he's holding the ball when we need him to and he's finding the open man with his passes. …

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