The boys soccer team played Bishop Rosecrans in the Regional semifinal at Newark High School, on Wednesday, November 4th. The Vikes had possession for the majority of the game, though Bishop recorded an early goal off of a penalty kick. The first half finished with the Vikes trailing by one point. After many attempts at goal, the boys finally got one in the net, with 17 minutes left in the game.
Sophomore Jack Ostrowski took the ball straight down the right side of the field and passed it across the box. The ball passed two defenders and underneath the goalie. With the ball heading for the outside of the goal post, Connor Brown’18 was there to tap it in. Regulation time finished with a score of 1-1, so the game was to be decided by sudden-death, or “golden goal,” overtime.
The boys maintained control for most of the first period of overtime, consistently pressuring Bishop’s goal, but were unable to net a goal. With one minute left in the first half of overtime, there was some confusion over the possession of a throw-in down near the Vikes’ goal. Bishop got the ball and made a short throw-in. Immediately thereafter, a Rosecrans player dribbled through three Viking defenders, steadily inching towards the goal, and then ripped a shot into the left netting, scoring the game-winning goal for Bishop, and the season-ending one for Academy.
The boys’ final record, postseason included, was 14 wins, four losses, and two ties. The Regional semifinal defeat capped an eleven-game win streak which included a District Championship.
Congratulations to our boys soccer Vikes on a great and hard-fought season!