By Thursday, Greg Rauch will coach two soccer games and become a father for the third time.
“We literally had to schedule a C-section around the games,” Rauch said. “That’s the way my wife’s life has become I’m afraid.”
Rauch, the Bishop Carroll girls soccer coach, said his wife’s blood pressure was rising over the weekend. Wednesday seemed to be a shining day. The family’s doctor was coming back into Wichita, and it lined up with the soccer schedule.
He said the past couple of days have been exciting and nerve-racking. He is set to have his first daughter, and after leading the Carroll girls team for nine years, he said he hopes that will have given him some practice over the years.
“The two boys are ready for a little sister, they say,” Rauch said. “They don’t know what’s coming.”
Tuesday with Rauch still on the sideline, the Golden Eagles took a massive leap toward the City League title with a 4-1 home win over Wichita North, the No. 1 seed in Class 6A Central/South Central. The Golden Eagles have now beaten a pair of 6A top seeds in two weeks.
North struck first as senior Nayeli Gallo, the City League’s goal leader, punched the Redskins in front after just 38 seconds after junior Evelyn Jimenez played a flawless pass through the Carroll defense to leave Gallo one-on-one with Eagle freshman goalkeeper Madison Winkler.
It was one of the quickest goals of the City League season. It was not only the fastest North has scored on Carroll since coach Kurt Wullschleger took over six years ago but the only ball the North girls have put in the back of the net against the Eagles in that span.
Rauch said his group saw quickly just how quick she is.
“I’m no longer able to replicate the other team’s best player in practice,” he said. “But I’m not Nayeli Gallo. You can’t replicate that pace.”
Carroll went on a 4-0 run to end the game, sparked halfway through the first half with a tap-in goal from sophomore Anna Lasak. Fellow sophomore Khloe Schuckman received a ball in stride and glided past the North defense, pulled the keeper out and dumped to Lasak.
After a goal from winger Lauren Brooks, Lasak added her second goal with a bar-down finish to the top left corner that gave the Golden Eagles a two-goal cushion and one hand on the City League title.
Last year, Carroll had a chance at a share of the league title. The Eagles needed a home win over East and came out with a 1-1 draw. Thursday, Carroll won 4-0 on the road, leaving North as the only other undefeated City League foe.
“Once we got it to 1-1 tonight, I thought, ‘We are not repeating East from last year,’ ” Lasak said. “ ‘We are taking City League. We are taking what we have worked so hard for.’ “
Carroll meets rival Kapaun on Thursday as the last major obstacle between it and the outright City League title. By then, Rauch will be back on the touchline as a three-time father. Brooks said having a coach invest so much time and energy, even while becoming a father, makes the team want to repay that like it did Tuesday night.
Lasak said she wasn’t expecting to see Rauch on Thursday. When she learned he would be there, she told him to bring the baby.
“Tomorrow I’m going to go in and teach for a little while and go take the rest of the day off,” he said. “She said, ‘I know you’re coaching Thursday night, so if you could take off the day, that would be just fine.’ So I got pretty lucky there.”