St. John Vianney High School

Soccer headed to state semifinals

Golden Griffins headed back to state

The Vianney soccer team is headed back to the state semifinals for the first time since 2010.

The Golden Griffins defeated host Francis Howell 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in a Class 4 quarterfinal playoff game, earning a spot in next weekend's semifinals.

Kamou Harris and Steven Bibas scored in the first half as the Griffins took a 2-1 lead at halftime and then Tommy Geders added an insurance goal with 38 seconds remaining to secure the victory. Noah Hartenstein had another strong game in goal.

Vianney (22-7-2), which has won six straight games, will face Springfield Kickapoo (14-13) in a Class 4 semifinal game at 6 p.m. Friday at Soccer Park. The winner advances to the championship game at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.