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Prep Soccer Roundup - October 25

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

western-pennsylvaniaWestern Pennsylvania 1 Plants and Pillars 1 - Shootout 2-2/Western Pennsylvania wins sudden death.

Wow, what a game!

If you go to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, you will see a picture of my two girls under the double rainbow, cheering. ON THE FRONT PAGE! (Newspaper article).

Anyway, it was really nice field to play on turf. I can't explain the feeling of playing (coaching) in a stadium like this one.

We battled and at the end of the first half, both of us remained scoreless. In the 3rd minute of the second half, Plants and Pillars drew first blood. Our goalie reached out and got the ball with arms still stretched out, holding the ball to the ground but it was still not 100% possessed yet as he needs to pull the ball to the body. They took advantage of this and tapped it away from my goalie for a 1-0 lead.

We continued attacking, making shots after shots. Nothing transpired out from this until the 75th minute mark. Another corner kick for us - VOILA! A goal - Kyle D'Amore scored to tie the game up. It remained tied until the end of the regulation. We have to play overtime (golden goal) and it came and went. So, on to the shootout format. Luckily for us, we experienced that and survived twice during the ESDAA tournament.

First group of five and Plants and Pillars elected to kick first.

PP - saved by my goalie.
WPSD - Antoine Hunter - GOAL.
WPSD - Chad D'Amore - GOAL.
WPSD - Kyle Keracher - wide left.
PP - Over the crossbar.
WPSD - Derek Forrester - over the crossbar.
PP - Saved by my goalie.
WPSD - Kyle D'Amore - over the crossbar.

The shootout ended in a tie at 2-2 so we went to the next group of five but it will be a "sudden death”. If one gets a goal and the other one doesn’t, it’s game over.

PP - Saved by my goalie.
WPSD - Justin Warke - nice shot but saved by their goalie.
PP - saved by my goalie.
WPSD - Braden Elliott (my goalie) - GOAL.

GAME OVER!!! We're the CHAMPS!!!

Season Record: 16-6-0 (School record for most wins in a season). (Contributed by Head Coach Val Wojton)

stmarysChristian Academy of Western New York 4 St. Mary's 1 - NFCAA Semifinals

The Bison earned a spot in the NFCAA playoffs this season as they took on the Eagles from Christian Academy of Western New York (CAWNY) in a semi-final match yesterday. After being awarded 3rd place at this past weekend’s ESDAA tournament, the Bison were looking to carry on the momentum into yesterday’s contest in an effort to advance to our first ever championship.

We opened up the scoring quickly off the foot of Givon Blackwell who was able to knock in a rebound that was coughed up by our oppositions keeper. At that point the Bison felt pretty confident that it was going to be our day. Unfortunately, the boys took their “foot off the gas” a bit too much and let the Eagles push up on our defense. After a barrage of shots by CAWNY, they were able to take a one-goal advantage into halftime.

With this being our sixth game in as many days, the Bison struggled to really find the energy to fight off the Eagles attack in the second half. Although we had a few chances to dig ourselves out of the deficit that we created, the 4-1 lead by Christian Academy of Western New York was too insurmountable to overcome. The Bison would not advance in the playoffs and finished in 3rd place in the NFCAA overall.

Yesterday would conclude our 2017 campaign. We had a wonderful season with many improvements. With no graduates this year we have many of our positions locked down for the future and we will look to build and become even stronger. (Contributed by Head Coach Bryan Booke)

Individual Stats:
Givon Blackwell: 1 goal
Christian Lawrence: 9 saves

rhode-islandRhode Island 7 North Stonington Christian 1

Rhode Island School for the Deaf traveled to North Stonington, CT for our last game of the soccer season. We only brought eight players for the 8v8 game and the students really wanted to grab at least one win out of this season. Upon arriving, we would find out that North Stonington Christian only had one game this season so both teams were hoping to play a good game and get a win out of this game.

We struggled to keep possession of the ball at the beginning of the game, but our defense played very solid, led by Thomas Chouinard who was playing in his last soccer game. We finally capitalized when Yasmin Sicaju pushed in a goal past North Stonington Christian's goalie. This lead would quickly turn into a 2-0 lead thanks to our star forward Timothy Jallah. North Stonington Christian surprised us by getting a goal to cut our lead into half. The coaches emphasized urgency to our players and we scored another goal to take a 3-1 halftime lead.

We gave our players positive reinforcement and several helpful tips. We also switched goalies to give our youngest player a shot at playing goalie and our goalie (who hadn't played anywhere other than goalie) a chance to play on the field. The players made the extra passes to turn decent shots into better shots and we successfully converted on them four times and we were able to win the game 7-1 for our first win of the season out of 12 games. (Contributed by Athletic Director Nathan Engel)

Yasmin Sicaju: 3 goals
Thomas Chouinard: 2 goals
Timothy Jallah: 1 goal
Lillian Klein: 1 goal

new-jerseySTEM Civcs 6 New Jersey 0

Naim Webb was peppered the entire game and came up with 17 saves.

Summaries on New Jersey’s past games.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Jersey 4 Lewis School 0

Anthony Aguilar and MIgel Dominguez each had one assist. Stanley Uka and Marco Espinoza each had two goals. Naim Webb made 15 saves.

Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017

ESDAA Tournament @ St. Mary’s in Buffalo, New York.

St. Mary’s 1 New Jersey 0 - Naim Webb had nine saves.
Rochester 2 New Jersey 0 - Naim Webb had nine saves.
New Jersey 1 New York State 1 - Marco Espinoza had the Colts only goal and Naim Webb made five saves.
St. Mary’s 1 New Jersey 0 - Naim Webb had 10 saves.

The Colts placed 4th with Naim Webb being named to the All-Tournament Team. (Contributed by Athletic Director Martha Fowler)

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