“We realize that Washington is up the road,” Neace said. “They’re the bigger school, they’re going to get more recognition and that’s fine — I don’t mind flying under the radar. It is what it is. We try to win games. We try to set our goals at the beginning of the season to win the Blue Chip (Conference) and win the sectional. Right now we’re still OK in both of those categories.”
Reed scored 45 goals in this senior year in 2012, Christian Neace finished his career with close to 100 assists, and Smith trailed both players closely in the WC record books in both goals and assists. Yet the Cardinals have kept the train moving this season. Junior Blaine Fuhs has 15 goals this season, which puts him on pace to break Reed’s magical 2012 season, and senior Brody Wilson is on pace to break Christian Neace’s assist record.
Wayne Neace has been with the Cardinals soccer program for nine years, his wife, Kelly, coaches the girls team. He coached many of his current and former players when they were in junior high. The familiarity between player and coach allows the Cardinal program to keep moving without any trouble.
The names have changed, but the results are the same for Wayne Neace and the entire Washington Catholic program. He acknowledges that this team is under the radar after the exodus of last year’s three seniors, but Neace asserts the Cardinals offense still has plenty of weapons. There will continue to be minimal fanfare around town for Neace’s Cardinals, but he plans on doing exactly what he’s been doing for the past four years — working hard and winning soccer games.