Xavier H.S. Seniors Complete Championship Soccer Season
Xavier High School’s varsity soccer team completed another successful season with a record of 7-5-4, which ended with a loss in the semi-finals of the CHSAA ‘A’ city playoffs. Members of the team included seniors Brendan Smith and Andy Spyliopulos of Rockaway Point. Xavier tied Fordham Prep for the division title and lost to Fordham, 1-0 in the Arch-diocesan championship game at Fordham University.
The seniors have had one of the most successful four years of soccer ever at Xavier. These players compiled a record of 24 wins, 2 losses and 5 ties in division play with three division championships and a share of the title.
In addition, they reached the semi-finals of the city championship three times and the state semi-finals once. Salim Lewis was named league MVP and seniors Brendan Smith, Lucas Temlo and junior Andres Florez was named to the all-division team. Lewis, Smith, Temlo and James Cappabianca played for the New York all –stars in the Senior All-Star game against the Brooklyn-Queens all-stars.
At the end of the season, Xavier needed a win against Xaverian to tie Fordham Prep for first place in the division and was able to pull of a 4-3 win in the last couple of minutes on a goal by Salim Lewis. In the Arch-diocesan semi-finals, Xavier played St. Peter’s (Staten Island) and won an exciting game, 3-1. Xavier held a 1-0 lead at half-time and fifteen minutes into the second half, Smith took another free kick and scored from about 40 yards from the St. Peter’s goal. Xavier made it 3-0 with two minutes remaining in the game when Brendan Smith scored again on a free kick from about 40 yards from the St. Peter’s goal.
The Arch-diocesan was a defensive struggle as was their two regular season games which ended in ties. Fordham Prep used an early goal to win the game 1-0 played at Fordham University. In the city-wide CHSAA ‘A” playoffs, Xavier played St. Francis Prep at Bayside High School in the quarterfinals.
St. Francis Prep won the regular season match-up with Xavier 1-0, on a goal in the last couple of minutes of the game. This time, it was Xavier’s turn to score a last minute goal. Both teams played well defensively limiting the other teams scoring opportunities. In the final minute of the game, a foul was called against a St. Francis Prep player and Brednan Smith took the free kick from about 35 yards from the Prep goal. Smith’s kick was settled by Telmo ten yards in front of the goal and he one-timed the ball into he goal for the winning score. Xavier then lost in the semi-finals to Archbishop Molloy, the eventual champions, at St. John’s University.