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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 4:00 pm

Moving to a new district this year, the Pacific Indians saw their season come to an end Tuesday with a 5-0 loss to Affton in the Class 2 District 3 semifinals.

Pacific ended its season at 12-9 overall.

“For the most part, I thought we played with a lot of heart,” said Pacific Head Coach Todd Dempsey. “We lost 2-1 in overtime to Affton earlier in the year and that was a pretty tight match throughout. Unfortunately, we had a few key guys out with some injuries and we weren’t quite the same team this time around.”

Pacific, proficient in scoring goals this season, had two-thirds of its trident hampered by injuries.

“Of our top 3 scorers, Todd D’Aquila was our only healthy player and we struggled to get much of anything going as a result,” Dempsey said. “Overall though, our effort was as good as it has been all year. We were just a little thin on depth once we lost a couple starters. I was proud of our kids for fighting tooth-and-nail the whole way.”

Affton scored twice in the first half, but Pacific had opportunities to cut into that lead.

“We nearly got a goal in the last few seconds before the half from a corner kick,” Dempsey said. “Had we been able to somehow knock it in, the second half could’ve been a little different. We didn’t kill ourselves with the mental mistakes we’ve made in past games. You just have to credit the Affton players for making good plays when it counted most.”

Affton put it out of reach with three additional markers in the second half.

Overall, Dempsey said there were many positives during the season.

“For the season, I think we did some good things this year. We had three kids finish in the top 25 in the St. Louis area in a couple of different categories,” Dempsey said. “Todd D’Aquila finished eighth in overall scoring with 20 goals and 23 assists (63 points). Tristan Moore finished No. 18 in goals scored with 24. And Jeremy Hardcastle finished No. 7 in assists with 18. As a team, we put together our first winning season in six years.”

Dempsey said the Indians would have liked to have done better in Four Rivers conference play. Pacific finished second in the league with a 4-2 mark, losing only to Union.

“Obviously, winning our conference would’ve been a nice feather in our cap too, but that didn’t work out for us.”

Pacific graduates four seniors who have been with the program throughout their high school careers.

“Our four-year seniors have helped our program come a long way,” Dempsey said. “Todd D’Aquila, Tyler McDonald, Mike Stinson, and Dominic Signorino were with us from the very beginning and they went from winning four games their freshman season, to 12 games this year. Each year we improved, and that’s all you can ask for. Honestly, they’re one of the favorite groups of players I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching. When you see a group of kids taking people’s best shots and they keep coming back for more each year, you gain a lot of respect for them and seeing them have some success was extremely satisfying.”

Three other seniors played less than four years for the Indians.

“Joon Kim came out his sophomore year and did an outstanding job of getting himself in shape,” Dempsey said. “He turned out to be one of our best conditioned and most improved players. Landon Moore and Charlie Brinker came out as seniors this year and provided us with some more leadership. They both were able to contribute by scoring as well. The group of seniors leaving us this year will be difficult to replace both as players and as people.”

With six starters returning next season (one junior, four sophomores and one freshman), Dempsey feels the future is bright for Pacific soccer.

“There’s a lot to build on,” Dempsey said. “Our returners are going to have to do some work this offseason. We’re a little undersized since we are so young. So the weight room will be a frequently visited place. We’ll be relatively young next year also. Of our returning players next season, we will have only four seniors. If we’re going to keep our trend of improvement going, we’ll need some of our younger players to step in right away and contribute. It will be exciting to watch these guys develop and I think there’s a good framework there for future success.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games