ABy Craig Hirsch ’18
After a 1-1 draw with archrival St. Anthony Friars on Thursday, October 20 at Gold Star Stadium, the Chaminade freshman soccer team completed the regular season in undefeated form, finishing with an exceptional 9-2-0 CHSAA league record.
Just 20 minutes into the game, St. Anthony’s was awarded a penalty kick from the spot due to a handball by the Flyers. Chaminade goalkeeper Kevin Lynch ’20 made an incredible save to keep the game scoreless. However, the Friars would soon break the deadlock. With 14 minutes left in the first half, the Friars scored off a rebound to take a 1-0 lead.
The response from the Flyer’s was one of urgency. The team began to apply added pressure on the Friar’s backline, leading to Chaminade’s best chance of the first half. However, strike was punched away by the Friars’ goalkeeper.
The second half was much sloppier than the first, as both sides struggled to keep possession. Chaminade was still down 1-0 with merely nine minutes remaining, with tension mounting for the home squad. However, a sigh of relief was brought to all Chaminade players, coaches, and fans after Tom Walsh ‘20 netted a goal eight minutes before the final whistle. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, resulting in Chaminade taking first seed in the playoffs.
“The team is focused on bringing a championship home for Chaminade,” said Philip Sam ’20. “We are looking forward to continuing the great reputation of the soccer program.” The skillful and hardworking team plays at Cantiague Park this afternoon, Thursday, October 27. Come out to support the Flyers!