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! Sports The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November 4, 1988 Rutter on Sports By DAVE RU'I'FER After seventh state soccer title, Memorial coach can't wait for "89 Here's a stabbing lower backache pain to keep Indiana's high school soccer programs uncomfortable over the winter. Driving home from their seventh state title over the weekend, Memorial's soccer Tigers were celebrating aboard the bus, and head coach Bill Vieth Jr. was cogitating about life in the fast lane of soccer. He had been a player on tbxee Memorial state champion teams and now had coached two. Twice he was the state's coach of the year. His dad had been the founding father of the program and his brother, Tim, had just finished a brilliant prep career with the clinching goals. He was thinking that, far from marking some end point in a glorious journey, this was just the beginning. "I can't say about this going on forever, but we've worked very hard and a lot of our success is due to our reserve program which has really developed the players," he said. "The competition to make our teams is so strong that some of the reserves are good enough to be on the varsity; there lust aren't enough spaces.'i So the Tigers lose eight seniors -- including Tim, the All-American -- but little will change from a merry-go-round that seems never to stop -- but only slow down on occasion. When Memorial doesn't win the state soccer championship, it's an upset. When Memorial fails to make the Final Four, well.., that has never happened. "I can't wait for next year," adds the coach. "That's what I was thinking about on the bus ride home. We've got a lot of good young players coming." The Tigers wiped out Indianapolis Brebeuf, 5-0, in the semifinals and then locked horns with Carmel, the team that prevented a seventh title last year. Based on history, this was not a game which Carmel figured to escape without several large dents. Although the Tigers poe-poohed revenge as a motivation, there surely was a heaping dose of satisfaction to be gained. "It felt good afterwards," admitted the younger Vieth. The coach wasn't comfortable with the margin "until it was 4-2 with about five minutes left," but his brother's first goal of the game -- and third in two days -- probably broke Carmel's heart. Trailing 2-1 with 29:39 left, Carmel overcom- mitted on attack and left Vieth roaming free. Sophomore goalkeeper Joe Fisher speared a shot and'recognized the imbalanced field. He im- mediately rifled a throw that covered 75 percent of the field. There was Vieth, one-on-one in the open field. Case closed. "I'm not sure you'd call that a mistake, because Carmel was losing and they had to attack because there's no point going for a tie," said Bill Jr. "When Fisher made the save, he immediately realized they had pushed forward and he made a quick, smart pass. With Tim's speed and the size of the field, he had a big advantage." Forty-eight seconds later, Vieth sizzled through two defenders and ended matters with his 23rd goal of the season. But this was not particularly "The Vieth Show, starring other lesser Tigers." In fact, Bill Jr. says his brother was more effec- tive this season specifically because he didn't have to be the Lone Ranger. When the Tigers unholstered the shooting irons, there were plenty of shells in the cylinder -- especially senior mid- fielder Jon Alexander. "This team was very direct in its attacking," says Bill Jr. "In the past we've had teams good on defense and good at controlling the ball: This year's team was good at those two things, but they also were very direct. That goes to the overall per- sonality of the team. We had so many good attack- ing players, we just spread them all over the field. That gave us a lot of points of attack." Memorial finished the season on a hot streak -- no losses in 19 straight games -- but some wins were more telling than others. In the regular season's final weeks, the Tigers ventured to Illinois for a final shakedown cruise that suitably set the table for the Indianapolis Final Four date. In a weekend soiree, the Tigers took out Quincy Notre Dame, 5-0, and Quincy Senior, 1-0. "We felt very good about beating two good teams like that on the road," said coach Vieth. "The city was very competitive this year and, after those two games in Illinois, we had our game plan. We felt very good going up there with the way we were playing. We took the approach that we were going to have our game so fine-tuned that they'd have to beat us." No one could. So what's ahead? For those who figure the cupboard was due for some cobwebs, consider this. Freshman Paul Barton scored a goal in both Final Four games and headlines what appears to be a gifted group of underclassmen. Another young gun is a freshman Ryan Barrett, brother of current University of Evansville standout Shane. The list goes on and on and on. "History and tradition are a big part of our program," says coach Vieth. That's what the rest of the state is starting to suspect. Civilizations rise and fall. But Memorial seems to go on forever. t Outstanding leadership K of C council awards student athletes Knights of Columbus Outstanding Leadership Awards will be awarded to Rex- ann Crowe and Conor O'Daniel, seniors at Memorial High School, Evansville. Outstanding Leadership Awards have already been presented to Mater De i.' students, Allison Moll, a senior, and Phillip Stolz, a sophomore. The awards have been established by Council 565 to promote the cross country pro: grams of the two Catholic high schools in Evansville. The awards will be presented annually to athletes whose leadership, dedication, and . hard work best exemplify the physical, mental and spiritual development of their God-given talents, according to the Knights of Columbus. Plaques will be presented to the Memorial recipients at a fall sports award program, Nov. 16. A mirrored, engraved plaque will also be presented to the school. Award winners at Mater Dei :::::::::::::::::::::::::R::::::.::::::::::::::;: High School were recognized at the annual fall sports banquet, Oct. 17. Roxana Crowe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Crowe. The first year member of the cross country team was named to the 1988 All-City and AII- SIAC Cross Country teams. 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