Red Knights tie AHA Stars on senior night

Morgan Rogers

Starting nine seniors on Wednesday September 30, the varsity boys soccer team set out to defeat the Academy of Holy Angel’s Stars. There were many scoring opportunities for each team, but neither team could finish them and ended with the Stars scoring a goal with exactly 1 minute and 26 seconds left in overtime, leading to a two-two tie on senior night.

The seniors make up a large portion of the team, having 8 seniors, 8 juniors and 5 sophomores. “Having the seniors on our team brings energy to the players,” said Jake Horton, a sophomore forward, “When we step on the field we know we have to play for them because it is their last season as a Red Knight soccer player.”

The boys went into the game with high hopes of defeating the Stars, especially to take home the win from their last home game of the year and solidify a high seed for the section tournament.

The goal scoring opportunities were high for both teams, but the Stars were first to capitalize when they scored the first goal of the game in the 23rd minute . The Red Knights responded with a cross by Horton to senior Michael McCarthy, who headed the ball into the bottom right corner, in the 28th minute of the second half. The score remained 1-1 for the remainder of the game, sending the Red Knights and Stars into overtime.

In the first overtime Michael McCarthy scored the first goal with one minute remaining, giving the Red Knights a 2-1 lead on the Stars. “I won the ball off the defender, beat 3 guys and then put it lower left on the keeper four minutes into overtime” said McCarthy. The second overtime did not go as smoothly; the Red Knights allowed the Stars to come back and end the game in a 2-2 tie.

Although it was a hard loss for the Red Knights, they still have hope for the future. “The most important thing about winning is believing [we] can win no matter who we are playing. As long as we can keep this attitude there is no way we cannot be winners,” said McCarthy.

The rest of the season is still questionable for the boys Red Knights considering they have four games left, but they have high hopes and goals that their 8-6-1 record will take them far. “We would love to win our section, and play in the dome, but truly what matters is that we end on a great note for the seniors to remember,” said Horton.