2012-10-26 / Sports

Blessed Trinity Makes One Last Playoff Push

By Sean Padraic McCarthy-Coyne (age 13)

The Blessed Trinity third grade soccer boys knew that last weekend would be their last chance to clinch a playoff berth, knowing they had to win both games to make the playoffs. The playoff push started on Friday against St. Francis de Sales at home in Roxbury. The starting lineup was Eddie Coyne (goalkeeper), TJ McIlhinney, Connor Regan and Aidan McCormack (defense), Tommy Davey, Pat Kelly, Brian Yorke, Luca Perrotta, Chris Tennyson, Jack Ryan and Owen Ryan (forwards).

The boys came roaring out of the gate and at the two-minute mark Jack Ryan passed the ball to Tommy Davey, whose kick was saved by the St. Francis goaltender. At the 7-minute mark, Blessed Trinity had a good chance to score but they were called offsides to prevent the scoring opportunity.

A minute later at the 8-minute mark, Luca Perrotta took a booming kick from 25 yards out that was stopped by a terrific save. Then after a 10 minute stand still, Tommy Davey broke past the defense but his kick sailed over the net at the 18 minute mark. The half ended scoreless 0-0.

The boys started the second half finally knowing they needed a win, and trying to get something on the board. At the 4-minute mark, Davey took a fine pass from Jack Ryan and capitalized to make the score 1-0 Blessed Trinity. The boys had a lead they knew they had to keep. Just a few minutes later at the 7-minute mark, Jack Ryan broke free from the defense and scored a goal to give Blessed Trinty breathing room at 2-0.

St. Francis refused to quit, and came storming back. At the 9 minute mark, they were awarded a penalty kick. Eddie Coyne, in goal, and facing his first ever penalty shot, was cheered on by the parents and spectators. The St. Francis shooter got off a hard shot that went off the left goal post, with the rebound standing in front of the net, only to be expertly kicked away at the last minute by Luca Perrotta, preserving the shut out. A minute later at the 10-minute mark Chris Belligiere made a terrific clearing kick after a high hard corner kick. At the 18-minute mark Jack Ryan was awarded a penalty kick and his shot just hooked to the right of the goal. St. Francis kept up the pressure, and Eddie Coyne came up with save after save, keeping the boys’ playoff hopes alive.

The final whistle blew, and the boys were one step closer to pulling off a lateyear rally to the playoffs. Eddie Coyne had his second shutout in a row, Tommy Davey was on fire, and the team defense was impregnable.

On to Sunday’s game on the road at St. Francis of Assisi! A win and you’re in. The boys have battled all season, and their perseverance and refusal to lie down had them one game shy of the playoffs.

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