By: John Nee '93
Last week was a slow week in Mustang sports as the winter sports teams have yet to start game action and the varsity football team received a forfeit from Hope Academy in the quarter final round of the Chicago Catholic League Prep Bowl Playoffs.
The varsity hockey team was in action as they went (2-1) for the week, winning both of their Catholic League games while dropping a non-conference matchup with state power Glenbrook North.
Last Monday evening the "Skating" Mustangs hosted Carmel Catholic of Mundelein and pulled out a thrilling 2-1 win behind 24 saves from senior goalie Kyle Gustafson. On Thursday St. Rita welcomed Notre Dame to SIA, and they beat the Dons by the same 2-1 score as Luke Napleton scored the game-winner with five seconds left in overtime. Napleton also notched the game winner against the Corsairs on Monday. Gustafson was once again stellar between the pipes stopping 15 out of 16 pucks in the win over Notre Dame.
The Mustangs will be very busy this week as they play 4 games against Carmel Catholic tonight 7:30 at Glacier, Thursday 7:55 against Marist at SIA, Saturday 4:50 at Benet, and Sunday in South Bend against St. Joseph 3:00pm eastern.
The varsity football team will battle DeLaSalle on Friday 7pm at Doyle Stadium in the Catholic League Championship Game. The winner will advance to the Chicago Prep Bowl the Friday after Thanksgiving against the winner of Solorio and Taft.
Friday's game is a re-match from week 3 of the regular season when the Mustangs, behind a late 52yd touchdown run by junior Tahrhon Haynes, came-from-behind to defeat DeLaSalle 37-30 to notch their first victory of the season after back-to-back losses to start the year. The Mustang defense will look to atone their performance that night as they surrendered over 500 yards of offense to the Meteors.
The Mustangs come into the game with a (4-6) record with five of their six losses to teams competing in the IHSA semi-finals this weekend (Joliet Catholic (5A), Montini (5A), Richards (6A), Loyola (8A), and Brother Rice (8A)). DeLaSalle comes into the game (8-4) having won 3 straight Prep Bowl playoff games over (St. Joes 42-7, St. Ignatius 28-0, and St. Laurence 42-20) to advance to Friday's championship game.
Check back next week as we recap a busy week in St. Rita hockey as well as the Catholic League championship football game against DeLaSalle.