The Mount’s soccer team was victorious this Saturday for the eighth straight year in the annual inter-seminarian soccer tournament, hosted this year by St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. In addition to the Mount, teams were fielded by Theological College in Washington, DC, St. Mary’s in Baltimore, and the host St. Charles. The Vianney Cup has now been held for three years, following the 2009 dissolution of the long lived Rector’s Cup, the previous East-Coast seminary soccer tournament. Though hosted by St. Charles, the matches this year were held at the nearby St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. After defeating Baltimore’s, St. Mary’s, with relative ease, the victors from Emmitsburg faced difficult competition in the championship game against the hosts. Following last year’s painful loss in the championship bout, St. Charles came out this year eager for victory on their home turf. With St. Charles firing on all cylinders at the outset, the Mount was forced to withstand a relentless attack. Having subdued them in the early going, however, the two teams settled in for a more evenly matched battle throughout the rest of the affair. The lone goal of the match was scored off of a header by the Mount’s former professional soccer star, Chase Hilgenbrinck (S’ 14, Peoria), after an excellent set-up by Michael Pica (S’ 16, Peoria). With this blow coming toward the end of the second half, the Mount then clamped down on defense and was able to pull out the nail-biting victory to ensure the Vianney Cup will find its home within the walls of Mount St. Mary’s for one more year. While the Mount has dominated the tournament over the past decade, the event is not simply about competition. A large contingent of seminarians from all four schools assembled in the morning to attend Mass celebrated by Philadelphia’s ordinary, Archbishop Charles Chaput. Following the day’s activities on the soccer field, an enjoyable social was held after the games, culminating in Vespers celebrated by the new rector of St. Charles, Bishop Timothy Senior of Philadelphia. The evening then concluded with a wonderful dinner hosted by the seminarians and staff at St. Charles. The Mount and its rector, Msgr. Steven Rohlfs, are already looking forward to next year’s challenging task of bringing home the trophy for a ninth consecutive year!