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The Standard: My four years with Brother Rice soccer

2022-01-20T20:47:25-06:00

By Tom Golon ‘22

The Brother Rice soccer program has had a major impact on my life since the day I became a part of it. About halfway through the summer coming into my freshman year we started soccer camp. Rice had hired a new head coach for the team who was supposed to flip the program around. Everyone was eager to meet him.

Freshman year was a great experience; our coaches were fun while still being effective.

“If it were not for soccer I don’t think I would have had half as many friends freshman year,” said senior Kian Culkin.

Everyone made new friends […]

The Standard: My four years with Brother Rice soccer2022-01-20T20:47:25-06:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Soccer Success on Senior Day

2021-04-22T15:10:05-05:00

By Devlin Harris ‘21

The Brother Rice Soccer program found their third win of the season on Senior Day. Brother Rice beat the Montini Catholic Broncos 2-1 at Coach Tom Mitchell Field. This was the last game of the Crusaders season after a positive COVID-19 test during the week following.

Senior Day is always special for the Crusaders. They pay tribute to all of the four-year players who have defined the program for the last few years. This year there were thirteen seniors. However, four were out for the clash with the Broncos on Sunday.

Senior Day began with a ceremony to celebrate the […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Soccer Success on Senior Day2021-04-22T15:10:05-05:00

The Standard: The Markulin Cup returns to Brother Rice

2021-04-05T15:50:56-05:00

By Quinn Clifford ‘21

The Brother Rice and St. Rita soccer teams play each other annually for the coveted Markulin Cup. The Markulin Cup game was started to honor the late Chicago soccer coaching legend, Nick Markulin. The great Nick Markulin coached at St. Rita for a season before eventually spending most of his coaching career at Brother Rice.

Nick Markulin coached soccer for 32 years at Brother Rice and won over 450 games in his time here. Unfortunately, Markulin recently passed away on Oct. 25, 2020. Therefore, the 2021 Markulin Cup was a bit more sentimental for Brother Rice.

The Crusaders and […]

The Standard: The Markulin Cup returns to Brother Rice2021-04-05T15:50:56-05:00

The Standard: Crusader Soccer Season Preview

2021-03-18T23:12:04-05:00

By Devlin Harris ‘21

Brother Rice soccer opens their season this Tuesday, March 16, against local rival Marist. This game will be even more difficult this year without 2019 Gatorade State Player of the Year, Jack Finnegan. Finnegan, who scored over 100 goals in his high school career for Brother Rice, graduated last year.

His departure puts a big hole in the offense. However, the Crusaders are still confident in their attack.

Senior Justin Hardiek said: “This year I think that we can surprise some people and win games. We have big shoes to fill with Jack being gone but I think we are […]

The Standard: Crusader Soccer Season Preview2021-03-18T23:12:04-05:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Soccer Meets Providence Catholic in Crucial CCL Crossover

2019-11-26T10:54:49-06:00

By Dan Golon ‘20

The surging Crusaders met their tough conference opponent Providence Catholic on Tuesday Oct. 8.

In 2018, the Crusaders finished at 2-1 in their crossover games, which put them in a situation to be relegated to a lower division if they did not go 3-0 this season.

“We know what we need to do; it’s not complicated. We need to go out there and win and nothing less,” said head coach Matt Prunckle.

Coming into the match at 2-0 in crossover games, the Crusaders knew what they needed to do in order to avoid relegation – win.

Brother Rice came out hot as […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Soccer Meets Providence Catholic in Crucial CCL Crossover2019-11-26T10:54:49-06:00

The Standard: Crusader Soccer Comes up Short in the Christian Brothers Cup

2019-11-26T10:55:44-06:00

By Connor Leibforth ’20

In sports, scores don’t always best reflect the game. The 2019 Christian Brothers Cup is a great example of this.

The Christian Brothers Cup is a classic rivalry between the Brother Rice Crusaders and St. Laurence Vikings soccer teams. After losing the cup last year 2-0, the Crusaders were hungry to get it back.

Unfortunately, the game did not go as planned when the Vikings opened up the game aggressively and scored within the first minute of the game. The Crusaders knew they were playing a quality opponent, but were taken aback with the early score by the Viking’s midfielder.

The […]

The Standard: Crusader Soccer Comes up Short in the Christian Brothers Cup2019-11-26T10:55:44-06:00

The Standard: Soccer Pummels Marmion 3-1

2019-11-26T10:56:57-06:00

By Martin Murray ‘20

Losing is rough. Losing consistently is even worse.

But God loves a tryer; just ask the Brother Rice soccer team.

The team defeated Marmion Academy 3-1 on Sept. 17 at Coach Tom Mitchell Field. The game was a monumental step for the program.

Junior Brian Barsch sunk the game-winning goal and was ecstatic afterward. Barsch said,” For me personally, the goal really boosted my confidence in front of the net and broke my goal drought, and I hope to be able to find the back of the net more this season.”

This was the team’s […]

The Standard: Soccer Pummels Marmion 3-12019-11-26T10:56:57-06:00

Br. Rice prevails for Pulaski Cup

2019-01-10T16:07:50-06:00

The Beverly Review

Br. Rice freshman forward Nico Pape had already scored his first high-school goal in a blowout win over St. Francis de Sales earlier in the week.

However, the Mt. Greenwood native’s second goal came with a little more urgency and a lot more importance.

Pape knocked in a deflection late in the first half as Br. Rice continued its impressive start to the season with an exciting 2-0 road win over rival Marist on Sept. 7 in a playoff-like atmosphere.

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Br. Rice had lost the previous two Pulaski Cup showdowns.

“We were all hyped up. We were super ready for […]

Br. Rice prevails for Pulaski Cup2019-01-10T16:07:50-06:00

Finnegan’s stake: Junior forward Jack Finnegan looks to be linchpin of Brother Rice’s revival in boys soccer

2019-01-22T15:45:42-06:00
After starring in the Olympic Development Program and club soccer, junior forward Jack Finnegan hopes to lead a turnaround at Brother Rice. (Steve Millar / Daily Southtown)

By Steve Millar – Daily Southtown

For Brother Rice’s Jack Finnegan, the past year has been a whirlwind filled with success on the soccer field.

Since finishing his sophomore season with a team-high 26 goals for the Cruasers, Finnegan made an Olympic Development Program all-star team, won two national championships in club soccer and attracted attention from NCAA […]

Finnegan’s stake: Junior forward Jack Finnegan looks to be linchpin of Brother Rice’s revival in boys soccer2019-01-22T15:45:42-06:00

Prunckle to lead Br. Rice soccer

2019-01-22T15:53:17-06:00

By Tim O’Brien – The Beverly Review

Matt Prunckle has seen the heights of the Br. Rice soccer program.

A 2004 graduate, Prunckle was a key member of the 2003-2004 Br. Rice team that finished fourth in state, the program’s best season.

Now, he will leave his mark on the program from the sidelines after being named head coach of the varsity soccer team.

“It’s great to be back. The goal is to bring Br. Rice back to being the top soccer program in the area,” Prunckle said. “My senior year, we finished fourth in state. Being able to […]

Prunckle to lead Br. Rice soccer2019-01-22T15:53:17-06:00

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