2002-12-28 / Sports

Xavier’s Rockaway Kids Capture JV Championship

Xavier’s Rockaway Kids Capture JV Championship


The Xavier HS JV Archdiocesan Soccer Champions: Rockaway Point's Andy Spyliopulous- front row, third from right and Brendan Smith- back row-third from the right.The Xavier HS JV Archdiocesan Soccer Champions: Rockaway Point's Andy Spyliopulous- front row, third from right and Brendan Smith- back row-third from the right.

The Xavier High School Junior Varsity Soccer team recently completed another successful season. The team started the season by attempting to repeat their City Championship from last year. Anchoring the Xavier defense was Brendan Smith (sweeper) and Andy Spyliopulos (fullback) both from Rockaway Point and the St. Thomas More CYO program. The season started off with Xavier suffering one-goal defeats in 4 non-league games but the team turned things around when the league games began.

Xavier’s first league was a 1-1 tie against Regis HS, which was followed by a 3-0 victory over Fordham Prep. In the victory over Fordham, Brendan Smith scored the second goal on a free kick from about 25 yards. Xavier then recorded victories over Iona Prep, Fordham Prep and Archbishop Stepinac. Xavier finished undefeated and in first place in the Manhattan/Bronx/Westchester division for the second year in a row.

The Archdiocesan playoffs started with a semi-final matchup against St. Peter’s (Staten Island) and Xavier recorded a 3-0 victory. The win setup a rematch against Msgr. Farrell in the championship game. Xavier had lost to Farrell last year in the Archdiocesan final 1-0, but this year was different, as Xavier dominated play and recorded a 2-0 victory and the Archdiocesan championship.

The citywide playoffs matched Xavier against another historically strong soccer program in archbishop Molloy. Xavier had lost to Molloy earlier in the season 2-1 in a well-played game. In the semi-final game, Xavier opened the scoring midway through the first half but Molloy came back and took a 2-1 lead at halftime on a goal scored off a free kick. Xavier had a few opportunities in the second half but was unable to convert them into goals, while Molloy was able to score 2 more goals and win the game 4-1. Although the loss ended Xavier’s season, the players can be proud of their play and capturing the Archdiocesan championship.


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