Soccer emerges as district champs, advances in playoffs


Junior Salim Gumati manuvers the ball away from a Hickman High School player Sept. 26.

Raj Satpathy

Junior Salim Gumati manuvers the ball away from a Hickman High School player Sept. 26.
While most people were outside gallivanting about on a quest for candy tonight in honor of Halloween, the RBHS boys soccer team was instead involved in an intense competition against the Blue Springs South Jaguars. Blue Springs, located just a few miles east of Kansas City, played host to the Districts Nine Tournament. Bruins emerged as district champions after winning 3-1 in the match against the Jaguars the played tonight.
While the Bruins weren’t able to go trick-or-treating, the fantastic game more than made up for their loss according to senior defender Brian Gunter.
“As much as I love Starburst,” Gunter said, “it was worth missing Halloween to win districts with all the guys I’ve been with for months.”
Though Blue Springs put forth an admirable amount of effort, RBHS’ boys were simply too much to handle, junior center midfielder and striker Salim Gumati said. The technical level the Bruins played at made it hard for the Jaguars to clinch a win.
“They were a good team,” Gumati said. “But we played at such a high level and shut them down, outworking them with heart. And we came out with a win.”
Gunter was extremely pleased with the outcome of the game and the unity the team showcased. Not only did they exhibit strong teamwork and offensive attacks, their defense also kept the Jaguars from potentially turning the game in their favor.
“We played really well,” Gunter said. “We moved up and down the field as a unit. We possessed the ball most of the game and they barely had any chances [to score].”
That’s not to say that Blue Springs South was a complete pushover, of course, Gumati said. Both schools were heavily invested in the game  as it represented their chance to move on to sectionals from districts. Gumati acknowledged the prowess of the Jaguars, but also affirmed RBHS’ stellar performance.
There won’t be any downtime for the team, as they are now moving on to sectionals. Tonight’s win marks the third consecutive year in which the Bruins have won districts, but for Gunter, each experience is different and he is excited to be able to share that with this year’s team, already looking forward to their future performances.
“I’m really proud of our entire team and the effort everyone put in in order for us to make it into post-season,” Gunter said. “I can’t wait to keep moving on.”
By Rajesh Satpathy