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The Jesuit HS team of Sacramento is undefeated in two competitions, and hopes to stay that way after this weekend, when their varsity squad takes on a tough 4-2 Dixon side, and their B side plays Cougar in Northern California's HS club Sacramento conference.
"I know we were NIT champions last year, but we have a much deeper squad this year," said Jesuit Coach John Shorey, who will see three Jesuit grads start for the USA against Uruguay this weekend. "We have some tough games coming up - Dixon, Danville, De La Salle, Fairfield Prep, a team from Perth [Australia] - after that we will see where we are."
Jesuit is led by flyhalf Matt Coyle. The senior committed to Cal for next year, is a smart player who is "lights out with his decision-making," said Shorey. His goalkicking has been superb, also. He is remembered for his 50-meter penalty against Herriman in the 2013 NIT, and he notched another against Sierra Foothills two weeks ago.
Outside center Zach Tavenner isn't a big kid but he is very strong and very quick. Big is what the Jesuit pack is, with Shorey having a stable of 6-4 and 6-5 locks to call on.
At No.8, they lost Trent Terra to injury, but in his stead Austin Gates has been excellent.
"The players in the key positions that we need to play well have played well," said Shorey in his classic understatement. "We have a lot of depth and players we know we can count on."