SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Jesuit High soccer team received the Army National Guard national ranking trophy Friday after MaxPreps ranked the Marauders number one in the country.
“It means a lot to be honored by MaxPreps and the Army National Guard,” said Jesuit head coach Paul Rose. “MaxPreps is a very objective ranking system, unlike other polls. I like this because it recognizes all the hard work the boys put in and the difficulty in our schedule.”
Coach Rose, who holds the most wins of any high school soccer coach in California, was inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame this season.
The Jesuit Marauders found tough competition in their extensive travels this season. Their only loss came against Jesuit of Portland, Oregon, and their only tie was to Granite Bay.
Coach Rose credited his team’s success to a quick front line. Senior Niko Hansen, the Delta River League Player of the Year and an All-American, led the team with 35 goals and 16 assists. Senior Kaba Alkebulan netted 18 goals and 12 assists, while junior Evan Barrett added 16 goals and 10 assists.
Jesuit also played strong defense, as they did not allow a goal in 23 of their 29 games.
Jesuit shut out Granite Bay 5-0 to win the California Division 1 section championship. This is the Marauders’ 10th title and their third in four years. Jesuit finished the season at 27-1-1.