Redfield's Replays: June 5
10 IS IMPORTANT TO SAINTS’ DISIDORE
There is no problem figuring out the favorite number of St. Thomas Aquinas senior midfielder Mary Disidore.
“I have been wearing number 10 my whole life,” she says.
And number 10 has been a big part of the Saints’ four 5A state championships in her four years at the school.
The Saints beat Blue Valley Southwest 2-1 in overtime on May 31 to capture their fifth consecutive state title and Disidore has been part of the last four.
The senior has a lot of memories from her career at Aquinas.
“Being a captain, my sophomore to my senior years and winning four state titles,” she says. “I was named MVP my sophomore year and junior year and also Most Inspirational my junior year. I have been named first team All-East Kansas League and first team All-State.”
But the playing memories don’t compare to other memories of her four years at Aquinas.
“I have more memories than I could ever count,” she says. “The amazing wins are something that will be remembered by those that didn’t know us, the future Saints soccer players.
“But the real memories come from the girls that came together every year to give me some of the best moments of my life.”
The Saints’ senior got an early start in soccer.
“I have been playing soccer since I was 3 years old, back when my jersey hung down to my ankles,” she says. “My dad coached my older siblings and was eager in getting some of my friends together, it was love at first sight.”
The four-year starter is a strong player.
“I believe that I have two strengths as a player,” she says. “My first being my ability to lead.
“As a center midfielder I have to lead the team by setting the tempo and making plays happen. I enjoy taking on that responsibility and I am constantly talking on the field. My second, being my passion for the game. I may not be the strongest nor fastest, but I am always up for a challenge and simply love every second I get to spend on the field.”
She still points to some items she wants to work on.
“I struggle with my individual offense,” she says. “I need to work on taking players on and being confident in taking shots.”
In addition to playing for the Saints, she played for the Kansas City Metro Dynamos club team since she was 9.
Next year it is off to play soccer at Missouri State where she will major in Special Education.
DOMINANCE AT STATE
Soccer teams from the East Kansas League dominated the state girls’ soccer tournament.
Blue Valley Northwest won its second straight 6A state title, beating Maize 6-0 for the championship.
Senior keeper Scout Watson didn’t allow a goal in the two games at state.
St. Thomas Aquinas captured its fifth consecutive 5A state title, beating EKL school BV Southwest 2-1 in overtime for the title.
Bishop Miege was third at the 4A-1A state tournament.
BESLER ON US WORLD CUP TEAM
Blue Valley West graduate and Sporting KC defender Matt Besler has been chosen for the United States team for the World Cup in Brazil.
Play starts on June 12.
Besler was an offensive star for BV West coach Alex Aiman, leading the Jaguars to the 5A state title in 2004.
He went on to play four years for Notre Dame as a defender, then was drafted by Sporting KC in 2009.
He is a two-time all-star and in 2013 made the Major League Soccer’s Best XI team.
Besler helped Sporting KC win the league championship last season.
This is his first time on the United States World Cup team.