St. Stanislaus making another run at the Class 4A State soccer championship

St. Stanislaus making another run at the Class 4A State soccer championship

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The Rockachaws picked up from where they left off last season after claiming the Class 4A State Championship.

St. Stanislaus head coach Ryan Joiner has an abundance of talent, many of whom helped propel the Rockachaws to the 2015 state championship.

After 17 games this season, 14 wins, 2 losses and one tie.

Joiner said, "There's a definite target on our backs this year as there was last year.  We look forward to the challenge of going against our rivals like Bay High making the playoffs.  It's a big deal to get there every year."

Goal keeper Owen Betz was a standout wide receiver on the St. Stanislaus football team that advanced to the Class 4A State Championship game.  He joined the soccer team late, but since his return, he's 7 and 0 with 5 shutouts.
Betz loves both soccer and football but after receiving soccer scholarship offers from Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Northern Kentucky and Missouri State. He says he play soccer.

Betz said, "I'm definitely going to be playing soccer in college.  I have four or five offers right now and I possibly want to go play professionally afterward.  So just pick the best college fit for me."

Corbin Blanchard leads St. Stanislaus with 8 assists along with 5 goals...Blanchard is shown here with an assist to to Austin Miller, the Rochachaws top gun with 12 goals.

It's been a total team effort with six Rockachaws having scored 5 or more goals.

"Every aspect of our team is just amazing. "stated Dustin Bosch.  "We have the number one keeper."

Andrew Elkins said, "It's a great team all-around.  This is probably the most complete team that I've been a part of here at Stanislaus.  We're very strong defensively.  Strong attacking and very strong in the midfield and have one of the best keepers around."

St. Stanislaus beat arch-rival Bay High 2-1 in double-overtime on December 12th and travel to Bay High January 19th in a Region 8-4A showdown.

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