Congratulations to Conor O'Rourke, a senior at Academy of Holy Angels, on being named Mr. Soccer for Class A by the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association! Conor was one of five 2019 Class A Mr. Soccer finalists in the entire state and becomes the first student-athlete in Stars soccer history to achieve this very prestigious award. Conor will lead the Stars in State Tournament play beginning this Thursday, October 24.
Some of the many highlights of Conor's well-rounded academic, athletic, and service accomplishments include:
Three-year letter winner in soccer, captain for 2018 and 2019 seasons
- All Metro and All State honors in soccer, 2018 and 2019
- All State Tournament Team in soccer, 2018
- National Honor Society member
- Scholar of Distinction (4.0+ GPA)
- AHA Campus Ministry Member
- AHA Gold Star Service Award recipient (60+ hours served)
- Three-year letter winner in basketball, captain for 2019-20 season
- Three-year letter winner in track and field, captain for 2019-20 season
- Football participant (kicker), 2019
Holy Angels head boys' soccer coach, James See, praises Conor as "a fine athlete, stellar student, selfless servant leader, and someone who possesses an intricate balance of humility and confidence both on and off the soccer field." Coach See continues, "Over the past three seasons, Conor has grown on the field as one of the most dominant and consistent defenders across the state's soccer landscape. This evolution has come from Conor’s time studying his trade, learning from past mistakes, self-reflection, and hours spent outside the traditional training field. What makes Conor the most unique is that he finds multiple ways to positively impact games. Off the field, Conor is a model soccer player for Holy Angels' program and institution as he innately embodies our program’s pillars as a person, commands respect with his teammates, opponents and coaches, and establishes and maintains quality relationships with all of those around him."
Boys and Girls Soccer Advance to State Tournament
The #1 seeded AHA boys' soccer team is undefeated with a record of 18-0-1. They will play St. Croix Preparatory Academy on Thursday, October 24th in the quarterfinal game of the State Tournament (5:30 p.m. at Chisago Lakes High School). According to PostBulletin, Holy Angels is the "team to beat and has a solid offense, averaging 3.2 goals per game. But its defense is awesome, allowing .4 goals per game. The Stars outscored their three section foes by a combined 14-1."
Coach See, who earned Section 3A Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019, comments on his team's success, "This team returned from the 2018 season with an industrious effort and attention to detail. Our players refined the team's supportive culture and narrowed their focus on the season's goals and objectives. Further, this group holds true to the Team > Self mentality as this is the most cohesive group of players I've seen at my time at AHA. They genuinely enjoy one another, go above and beyond to support each other as each individual freely applies their different traits to the team both on and off the field. On the field, we're a flexible group who can manage contests in multiple ways, which makes us extremely difficult to play against and, at times, extremely fun to watch."
On the heels of winning the Section 3A Consolation Championship in 2018, the girls' soccer team has a record of 16-2-1 and will also play in the quarterfinal game of the State Tournament this Thursday, October 24 versus Cloquet-Carlton (7:30 p.m. at Chisago Lakes High School). They defeated rival Visitation 5-4 in a shoot-out to win the Section 3A Championship last week. AHA Athletic Director Michael Kautzman reflects, "We are fortunate to advance to the State Tournament again in both boys and girls soccer. It's a testament to great coaches who have created a positive culture where the student-athletes buy in to executing effective game plans and also carrying themselves according to our AHA Way."
Congratulations to Conor O'Rourke and the entire AHA soccer program! Good luck to both teams at State and go STARS!