Crown the Bears! Kansas City’s East High wins Missouri boys soccer championship

After coming oh-so-close one year ago, the East Bears are finally state champions of Missouri boys high school soccer.

Nattily attired in their trademark black kits with green trim, East beat Ladue Horton Watkins 2-0 in the Class 3 state-championship match on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

This is East’s first state championship in any sport since 1929, when the Bears won a basketball championship.

With many Bears fans and well-wishers on hand Saturday in Fenton and more watching live via a big screen set up in KC’s Power & Light District, the teams played to a scoreless first half.

The floodgates opened after halftime. The Bears scored a pair of goals in less than a minute to take a 2-0 lead with under 15 minutes remaining in the match.

The championship for Kansas City Public Schools’ East High culminates a steady rise in prominence for the Bears program under head coach Gerzo Guerrero.

Last fall, East beat Springfield Glendale in the state semifinals before losing a 3-2 heartbreaker to Webster Groves in the match for the championship.

This year’s championship finale in the state’s biggest-schools classification, Class 4, was still to come on Saturday evening (7 p.m. start). It’s an all-KC showdown featuring Rockhurst vs. Park Hill South

Missouri boys soccer state championships

In Fenton; at World Wide Technology Soccer Park


Friday’s semifinals

Park Hill South 2, Lindbergh 0

Rockhurst 6, John Burroughs 0


Third-place game: Lindbergh vs. John Burroughs, 5 p.m.

Championship: Park Hill South vs. Rockhurst, 7 p.m.


Friday’s semifinals

East 1, Rockwood Summit 0, OT

Ladue Horton Watkins 2, Springfield Catholic 0


Third-place game: Rockwood Summit 4, Springfield Catholic 1

Championship: East 2, Ladue Horton Watkins 0


Friday’s semifinals

Westminster Christian 3, Excelsior Springs 0

Logan-Rogersville 1, Orchard Farm 0


Third-place game: Excelsior Springs vs. Orchard Farm, 2:30 p.m.

Championship: Westminster Christian vs. Logan-Rogersville, 4 p.m.


Friday’s semifinals

Bishop DuBourg 1, Maryville 0

Duchesne 7, Laquey 1


Third-place game: Maryville 5, Laquey 0

Championship: Duchesne 1, Bishop DuBourg 0