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Jacob Roschke, De Smet

Jacob Roschke, De Smet soccer

A senior defender, Roschke helped anchor a defense along with Nick Grewe that throttled the opposition to help the Spartans claim their sixth state championship. Roschke, who is skilled at winning 50-50 balls and stripping balls from dangerous offensive players, combined with his fellow defenders to hold six opponents since the start of district play to just four goals, including three shutouts. In a 1-0 win in penalty kicks over Lee’s Summit in the Class 4 championship, the De Smet defense shut down the Tigers, including 28-goal scorer Joseph Achugo, for 110 minutes, including two 15-minute sudden-victory periods.