Jesuit took a lengthy trip to Turlock on Tuesday to face Pitman High School at the Turlock Sports Complex in the Section Semifinals. This match was a battle of the 2 seed (Pitman) and the 3 seed (Jesuit), and in the lead up to the game the two teams looked very evenly matched. However Jesuit created a large gap of skill in between the two teams from early on. Everything was running smoothly for them-passes through and around the midfield, good buildup plays, and good, solid defensive stops.
On Thursday, February 14, 3rd seed Jesuit and 6th seed Tokay went head to head in Jesuit’s stadium in the second round of Section playoffs. Jesuit has had many intense and significant games to this point in the season, but this match was the biggest and had the most intense atmosphere and importance on the line through all the games so far. Although Jesuit is one of the top seeds in the Sac Joaquin Section, things were equalized on this day and it looked like both teams had an equal shot at victory from early on.
On Tuesday, February 12, Jesuit secured a domineering, but modest win, in the first round of Section playoffs against Gregori High School. Jesuit came out looking pretty stellar, with one of their better performances of the season to start out the game. Gregori looked pretty on top of their game too, but only enough to not get scored on much; they didn’t have enough firepower to make a lot of fantastic offensive plays.
On Wednesday, February 6th, Jesuit welcomed Franklin to their home turf for Jesuit’s final regular season game of the season and for Senior Day. In the 5th minute someone on Jesuit took a dangerous strike at goal that was blocked out to Cole Barrett who took a mash at the ball, taking a deflection off a defender’s back and bouncing in. In the 16th minute, Julian Churchill passed it across to Cole on his right who hesitated with the ball right in front of goal for a minute and then, in his signature way, played it back perfectly to Julian who put it in.
On Monday, February 4th Jesuit traveled to Pleasant Grove with nothing to lose after they secured the league title the previous week. There were hard conditions this day, with bone-chilling wind and some spotty rain, so the ball did very abnormal things and launching the ball in the air was not a successful game plan to deploy. Pleasant Grove was always playing the chasing game, chasing backwards on defense as Jesuit attacked or trying to regain some ground as they possessed the ball off of a Jesuit failed attack.
On February 1st, Jesuit took to Davis High School for a 7:00 game start. This was a very important game: if Jesuit won, they would be Delta League champions, and if Jesuit tied or lost, the issue would still be undecided with only two regular season games after this one. The game had a normal, safe start with Jesuit making some inroads early on, and raising their level of performance from their last several games. In just the 10th minute, Chris Meyers slowly and steadily dribbled up the field a bit with Elijah Beverley sneaking up and around him looking for a pass.
On Wednesday, January 30, Jesuit played Elk Grove at home. In the first little bit Jesuit struggled a bit to find their usual offensive prowess, but it didn’t take too long for them to find the back of the net. In the 18th minute, Luke Bone burst with speed past and through a crowd of defenders and let it out a little bit ahead of him to Matt Kahn who easily pushed it in. Five minutes later, Luke had a burst of speed similar to that of the previous goal and played a light cross to Chris Meyers who played a tap-in finish.
Jesuit invited San Francisco University High School to their home turf on Friday, in one of Jesuit’s non-conference games. University seemed like a very challenging team, perhaps one of the toughest Jesuit would face all regular season by some mentions, but the home team quickly quelled all doubts when they made a nice, concerted attack up near the goal in the first couple minutes of the game. In the 2nd minute the ball came to Zach Lozano and he hit a side-footed half volley finish that went in.
On Wednesday Jesuit played Sheldon for the second time this season, following their 1-0 win at home, this time at Sheldon. The game got off to a very slow start. Sheldon was already known as a very defensive team that tended, for most of the game, to play safe with many through balls and to park the bus at the back of the field. And Jesuit was a little sloppy in their usual ball control and movement, and their taking advantage of offensive opportunities.
On Friday, January 18, Jesuit took on Cosumnes Oaks at home in their second meeting. CO was missing about six of their starters, but the stage was still set for a competitive game. The first goal happened surprisingly early, when Cole Barrett crossed a short one near side to a mass of players, both offensive and defensive, and Chris got onto it. He couldn’t capitalize but it came back out to Matthew Kahn who put in the light finish. This was in the 3rd minute. In the 19th minute Zach Lozano crossed a perfect ball to a waiting head and the play was finished.
Jesuit played Franklin at Franklin’s home on an afternoon that was pouring rain and had very heavy gusts of wind. Conditions were very hard which made playing a little off the usual. The first twenty minutes were used for both teams to find their feet in such wacky conditions, but soon Jesuit started finding many offensive opportunities. In the 25th minute, on the first big offensive breakthrough for either team, Chris Meyers dribbled it up the right side of the penalty box and got too close to the goal keeper before he let his shot go.
On a rainy and windy Monday afternoon Jesuit hosted Pleasant Grove, a team without any losses. It was anticipated to be a close game, and it was that, but Jesuit found a subtle advantage early on that put them on the high ground the rest of the game. The home team had most of the possession and was formulating handfuls of offensive plays throughout almost the entire first half, and on the defense Jesuit made punctual and quick stops.
On Friday afternoon, January 11th, Jesuit welcomed Davis to their home pitch in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Delta League. The entire game had a nervy atmosphere and was very physical, with fouls flying from both teams constantly. It was very exciting to watch; the ball was either involved in a dogfight in the middle of the pitch or one team was putting on a high-pressure attack while the other team vigilantly defended. Both teams were going full throttle.
On January 9th Jesuit played an away game at Elk Grove High School. Jesuit got things going early, when in the 3rd minute a lazy ball fell easily to Luke Bone who hit a solid left-footed shot into a low spot in the goal. In the 10th minute Bone kicked an exemplary corner kick to Christian Honig in the box, who tried to finish a tricky back-heel shot. Honig’s shot was blocked out by the keeper, but Brian Norris was right there to clean up, and he converted a tap-in. In the 15th minute Chris Meyers, with his back to the opponent’s goal, turned around and sank a solid shot in past the keeper.
On their first day back from winter break, Jesuit took on probably their hardest challenge in the league in Marin Academy. The match remained fairly equalized throughout the whole first half, with both teams getting a few offensive chances but neither breaking through.
Going into Wednesday with an 8-1-1 overall record and 0-0-1 league record, Jesuit played an important game at home against Sheldon. Both teams had some chances to score in the first half, but the score remained tied at zero. Jesuit capitalized in the 56th minute of the second half when Chris Meyers scored off an assist from Brian Norris. Jesuit finished the game with a 1-0 win, and now have about a two-week break from matches. The next game takes place at Atwater High School on January 4th.
Jesuit, after several adventurous and non-league games to start the season, went to Cosumnes Oaks on Wednesday evening for their first Delta League game of the season. From the outset it was a pretty good and physical match. In the 37th minute, a pass was leaked into the midfield in the Jesuit half and a few nice passes were shaped together with no pressure from the Jesuit defense, and the ball quickly made it’s way deep into the penalty box.
In the 8th minute Mac Carter came speeding onto a ball that was near a Lincoln defender near the Lincoln goal, and smacked a shot that the goalkeeper blocked out. The ball then went spinning out into the air by an erratic defense and Matthew Kahn finished it with a nice header in the air. In the 53rd minute some dedicated and hardworking Jesuit offense elicited a penalty kick, and Christian Honig stepped up to the spot and easily put one into the bottom right corner.
On Friday and Saturday, December 14th and 15th, Jesuit is playing in the annual Del Campo tournament. On Friday, the team took on Casa Roble in the morning and then Turlock High School in the late afternoon. Each half of these games was 30 minutes, as opposed to the normal 40.
On a freezing Wednesday night, Jesuit traveled to Rocklin High School to take on the Thunder. In the 11th minute, the ball was moved into the Rocklin side of the field and a Jesuit attack was started. Chris Meyers got the ball in the left side of the field around the edge of the penalty box and casually cut it back to Luke Bone who finished it clinically. The rest of the first half was a solid showing from Jesuit, with plenty of good defensive stops and a good amount of chances on offense.
Paul Rose began teaching at Jesuit in the fall of 1979. He has taught every social science class at Jesuit over the years. Currently, Paul teaches Advanced Placement United States History (Junior year class). Paul Rose over the past five years has traveled extensively across the United States to many historical sites including Gettysburg, Independence Hall, Yorktown, and Williamsburg to name a few.