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Striker Anthony Stefano scored twice in the first 20 minutes, and the St. Mary's Knights held on to beat the Colts 2 1 in the senior boys high school soccer city final at Superior Heights.
Two shots and two early goals were too much for the Korah Colts Sunday.
Liam Train's header, following a Josh Grawbarger corner kick, went high off the St. Mary's cross bar in the 90th minute.
half. Obviously, the loss is pretty heartbreaking. in the second half, Battisti robbed the Knights Brandon Grandinetti from point blank range.
A couple of minutes later, Matt DiBerardino's high blast from the right side was stopped by Trecroce, but Grawbarger was there to deposit the rebound.
were down on ourselves a little after giving up the two goals, said Grawbarger, a Colts striker who scored his team's only goal. we had a great second Saucony Type A6 Womens
had to shut down DiBerardino in the second half, noted Knights sweeper Marc Zappacosta. was causing us a lot of trouble. and Grandinetti, a midfielder, are among the Knights players who've now won city titles in junior in 2012 along with back to back senior crowns.
About 12 minutes later, again it was Morin feeding it through some legs.
He turned and beat Korah netminder Aaron Battisti in the upper right corner.
got the pass just inside the 18 (yard box) and just placed it in the bottom left hand corner, Stefano said. thought we were relentless in the midfield and (keeper) Nick (Trecroce) was solid. He really controls things in the back end. 2 1 with the clock winding down, Saucony Triumph Iso 2
minute, simply proved too difficult for the hard working Colts to overcome, in what was a physical and entertaining clash.
Asked about the midfield's strong play Sunday, Grandinetti spoke of how the midfield was part of our game plan. If you win the midfield, you usually win the game. spoke of the leadership roles Trecroce, Zappacosta and Blake Speers, who played both midfield and defender, took on.
goals were huge, said Knights head coach Gregory Guzzo.
Stefano sparks Knights to senior boys title
But Stefano's goals, in the eighth minute and again in the 20th Saucony High Top
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was tough to go down 2 0 early, admitted Colts head coach Graham Harper. our guys battled hard and didn't quit. his first goal, Stefano took a pass through the middle from Alex Morin at the top of the box.
the Colts barely missed tying the score.
had outstanding games, but this was a total team effort, the coach added. contributed and Korah pushed us to the limit. They play a hard game. had a chance to tie the game late, but the ball didn't bounce our way, Harper said. thought we had them on their heels in the second half. We got one goal back, but it wasn't enough. I'm really proud of our guys and the way they battled. Knights, defending Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) champions, and the regular season champion St. Basil Saints advance into this year's NOSSA playdowns.
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