MSHAA Soccer State Championship Preview: St. Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws
St. Stanislaus is no stranger to the pinnacle of high school soccer, having won nine state championships dating back to 1996. Even recently, the Rock-A-Chaws have been a mainstay in the Metro despite a brief absence.
Last year, SSC failed to win South State for the first time since 2013, ending a three year run of titles under former Coach Ryan Joiner.
Danny Patton is now leading the charge for the Rock-A-Chaws who are perhaps more battle-tested than they were at this time last season. 4A Stanislaus is 5-2-1 against 6A competition in 2018, having won 12 games in a row, dating back to December.
That being said, the Rocks have some unfinished business to attend to when they take on Amory on Saturday. “They work hard and they hate to lose. I mean they’re a very skilled team, and they’ll match it with effort. And that’s why we’ve beat the 6A schools that we haven’t been successful playing over the past few years, and this year it’s been different. We’ve pretty much taken over and we work hard,” said Coach Patton.
St. Stanislaus Center Midfielder Beau Rimmer said, “To win State it sort of becomes something that maybe you don’t think too much about, just like naturally. We’re playing, we’re going to win State. And then last year when it didn’t happen I was devastated and I know my teammates were also. And we came out this year and really held that as a priority for us.”
Stanislaus and Amory kick things off from Brandon at 2 p.m. on Saturday.