Flyers Soar into Soccer Playoffs: Varsity Soccer Beats St. Anthony’s in a 2-1 Victory

TBy Casey O’Reilly ‘17

Tensions ran high as the Chaminade Flyers matched up against a formidable St. Anthony’s squad on Thursday, October 22.  When Chaminade played St. Anthony’s earlier in the season, the teams tied, and both teams were seeking victory in their last game of the regular season.  Prior to this game, St. Anthony’s was 11-0 in regular season play, so the Flyers knew that pulling out a win would be no easy feat.

The game started off slow.  St. Anthony’s and Chaminade each had a couple of scoring opportunities, but both team’s defenses remained steady.  Chaminade’s goalie, Yanni Rigos ’17, had several outstanding saves to shut down the St. Anthony’s offense.  The first offensive breakthrough for the Flyers was thirty-eight minutes into the game when Jack Graziano ’17 lobbed the ball just over the diving goalie to score.  

Soon after, Chaminade scored again when Alec Brutschin ’17 lined another shot into the top shelf of the goal making the score 2-0 favoring Chaminade.  It took St. Anthony’s another thirty minutes before they put themselves on the scoreboard when St. Anthony’s Giancarlo Franco finally scored.  From then on it became a struggle between Chaminade’s defense and St. Anthony’s offense; however, the Flyers were able to come out on top stopping any more St. Anthony’s scoring opportunities.

“It was great to beat our rivals going into playoffs.  It shows what we are capable of doing in the playoffs,” said Michael Tek ’16.  

This game was paramount for Chaminade going into the postseason since they will enter the playoffs with the number-one seed.  Chaminade’s success in this game should act as a springboard for a strong performance in the playoffs.

Come and support the Flyers tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28 when they face a tough Kellenberg squad on Mitchell Field.  Good luck Flyers!