In basketball, it’s called the run-and-gun offense. Back in the early 1990s, Bo Kimble, Hank Gathers and the Loyola Marymount Lions basketball team brought offense to the forefront, outscoring and outrunning their opponents in impressive fashion.
In Division III men’s soccer, the Loyola equivalent is the offensively-potent St. Scholastica Saints under head coach Barry Chastey.
The Saints have been scoring goals like they are going out of style. And all the goals has equalled out to big-time success for the Duluth, Minn.-based St. Scholastica soccer program. The Saints have won five-straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season titles, three-straight UMAC Tournament crowns and made appearances at four of the last five Division III NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament under Chastey.
The team currently has 16 international players, including 10 players from England. The Saints are 9-1-0 with their only loss coming to Macalester, 2-0, on Sept. 11.
To show the emphasis on scoring goals at St. Scholastica, all you have to do is look at the program’s record book for individual season scoring. The top-five scoring seasons in the history of the school have all come in the last three years and the top-three all came in 2013.
Andrew Jenkins finished with 76 points, Joe Watt had 73 and Tom Corcoran tallied 60 points in 2013. Jenkins finished with 59 points in 2012, as did Kyle Farrar in 2014.
In just 10 games this season, St. Scholastica already has nine players who have scored multiple goals.
The Saints are being led by England native Corcoran, who has scored 12 goals and dished out three assists this year. Seven of those goals have come from the penalty spot, where Corcoran hasn’t missed an attempt this season.
Shawayne Folkes is second on the team with 10 goals and four of those have been game-winning goals. Kyle Farrar has nine goals and three assists, Jonny Harkin has six goals, Sean Morgan has two goals and eight assists and Charlie Crane currently has four goals and three assists.
But, unlike most offensive-dominated teams, St. Scholastica actually plays a little defense. This season, the Saints’ defense has only allowed nine goals in their 10 matches. Starting goalkeeper Sandy Davidson-Hunt has made 23 saves on the season and has pitched three shutouts.