By Scott Bolthouse
The St. Stephen boys varsity soccer team is headed to the semi-finals after beating St. Michaels 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs on Oct. 15.
The team will play at Divine Child on Sunday night at 3 p.m. against University of Detroit Jesuit, and if they win, they will play in the finals at Bishop Foley Catholic at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.
Last year, the team made it all the way to the finals for the first time in its history, but lost 3-1 to Everest Academy.
This year, after going undefeated at 10-0, the team will get the chance to make a run to the finals once again.
The team won the division during their last regular season game on Oct. 1 when they beat St. Pius-Southgate.
Head Coach Rob Spradlin said the team’s performance in the playoffs is extra special due to the fact that other teams have a larger pool of young athletes to pick from.
“The remarkable part is that we are a much smaller school,” said Spradlin.
Spradlin said that St. Stephen in New Boston has roughly 150 K-8th grade students that attend.
“The schools we end up playing are really big schools with lots of kids to draw from,” Spradlin said.
The amount of teams involved in play also poses a challenge every year, with 40 active soccer-squads competing against each other during the regular season.
Spradlin has been coaching for St. Stephens for five years — two years at the junior varsity level and three years at varsity and has won two division championships at both levels.
Before last year, the varsity soccer team has never made it out of the first round of the playoffs, according to Spradlin, making both runs to the finals extra special.
Assistant couches Eddie Pasut and Chad Marvaso also helped to guide the group of 19 boys through the undefeated season and into late-fall soccer.
Cheer on the Stallions at Divine Child High School on Sunday, located at 1001 North Silvery Lane, Dearborn, MI 48128.