CSC Soccer/Volleyball Weekend a Success!
In today’s increasingly iconoclastic world, the fact that a young man would willingly choose to give certain things up in order to whole-heartedly follow a life in service of others can be surprising. Out of love—for God and for the people of God—seminarians on the path to the priesthood forsake the things of which society tells them they should be getting as much as they can. And they hear about it too: from friends, from strangers, the media, and sometimes even family. Even though the love of Christ urges them on, sometimes it’s good to know you’re not alone.
This past weekend at Conception Seminary College, the soccer field and volleyball court provided the meeting grounds for seminarians from across the Midwest to come together. Six seminary schools participated in the annual soccer/volleyball competition: Conception Seminary College (Conception, MO), Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary (Denton, NE), St. Gregory the Great Seminary (Seward, NE), St. John Vianney Seminary (St. Paul, MN), St. Joseph Seminary (Chicago, IL), and Mundelein Seminary (Mundelein, IL).
While Friday's rain left the two soccer fields more than a little saturated, the teams of seminarians who had traveled for hours were not about to allow a wet field to ruin the weekend.
After two rounds of play on the soccer field, Conception Seminary and Mundelein Seminary won both of their games and faced off in Sunday morning’s championship game. The game was an exciting battle with both teams playing well. At the end of regulation, the score was a deadlock tie at 1-1. That meant one thing: the notorious shootout—what every soccer fan loves to watch. With the other seminarians looking on, CSC buried kick after kick into the net, with team captain Mitchell Simpson knocking in the game winner. Star goalie, Alex Urena, made a couple saves that were enough for Conception Seminary to secure 1st place in the tournament.
Saturday night's round-robin volleyball tournament was quite exciting as well. CSC's volleyball team fought their way to the championship game, being the only team to remain undefeated (4-0) heading into the final game. CSC showcased their teamwork, but their disadvantage was height. With the other games behind them, the championship game against Mundelein was the only one that mattered in the end. Mundelein out played them from the outset and Conception had to find a way to fight back from a 17-4 deficit. Amazingly CSC came back to tie the game at 29-29 in a series of well-placed shots and consistent play. It looked like they were on the verge of an upset and a storybook ending, but Mundelein answered with textbook volleyball, utilizing the height of their front players to finish the job. Much credit goes to Mundelein for their play and sportsmanship, as the CSC Volleyball team settled for 2nd place in a tough 31-33 loss.
As you might imagine, the annual Soccer/Volleyball weekend was much more than sports. It gave everyone an opportunity to meet, visit and socialize with other seminarians from different parts of the country and even different nations. The bonds of fraternity were strengthened and everyone walked away from the fields of play with the satisfaction of knowing they’re not alone in the life they have chosen—a life for God, a life of service. Click "read more" for more pictures.
CSC's Brian Carillo chases down the ball in a game against Our Lady of Guadalupe
Spectators watch Conception play Mundelein in the championship soccer game on Sunday morning
CSC Freshman Jeremy Shideler elevates to hit the volleyball