Soccer - MS Blue
vs. Boys' Latin
|Date:||October 10, 2019|
Glorious Triumph... Storied Victory... Legendary Win... Take your pick. St. Paul’s Blue Soccer defeated rival Boys Latin 2-1 yesterday in an awe-inspiring game. Any way you slice it, St. Paul’s bested BL. From the first whistle to the last, the boys in Gold lay claim to the turf and battled like titans.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first half, but it was clear who controlled the game. St. Paul’s players dominated the center of the field and the majority of the first twenty-five was played in BL’s half of the pitch. Tyler Clary, Matthew Sola, and Josh Marson deftly commanded from the center. Working as a seamless unit, the three Crusaders distributed balls calmly, won tackles with aplomb, and shut down any would-be attacks from BL. Camden Humphreys and Ben Henigan turned BL’s wingers away with ease, and quickly made it clear that they owned the outside channels. Despite dictating the flow of the game, St. Paul’s failed to capitalize in the first half. This mattered not. They sensed the inevitable and bent to the task at hand.
The second half looked much like the first. St. Paul’s continued to rule the field. Chances were generated and it soon became clear that it was only a matter of time before the scoreboard changed. The first goal of the game came from keeper-turned-forward CJ Henry. After what seemed like hours of hounding the BL forwards, slapping in slide tackles, and displaying astounding levels of creative play, CJ found the back of the net with eighteen minutes left to play in the game. After some clever combination play and a ball over the top, he found himself chasing down the ball with a defender on either side. In a sudden burst of speed, CJ separated himself from them and struck the ball on the half-volley from twenty yards out. He struck it true. The ball rippled through the air, grazed the keeper's fingers, and found its rightful home in the back of the net.
Trey Wilhelmsen struck next for St. Paul’s. After running the sidelines tirelessly, the banshee-like outside winger found an opening. Matthew Sola won a fifty-fifty challenge in the center of the field and played it to Ryan Nelson. With casual grace, Ryan played the ball over the top. In a flash, Trey was on to it with a will to win. He cleverly slipped in behind the BL defenders and chipped the ball over the keeper's head sending it, and the ball, spinning. All anyone could do was watch as the ball rolled over the goal line sending the crowd and bench into an uproar heard for miles. BL put one on the board with five minutes left to play in the game. But, just as a fly’s bite goes unnoticed by a bull, St. Paul’s paid no mind and secured the victory.
The final whistle blew, the players shook hands, and Blue Soccer headed up the hill to uphold a cherished tradition. With the team huddled around it in celebration, the bell rang out and bellowed one simple word throughout the windy valley...VICTORY.