Red Knights top Stars in overtime thrill

Thomas Gilligan

Sophomore midfielder Matteo Potter scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the boys’ soccer team to an exciting 2-1 victory over the Academy of Holy Angels Stars on Tuesday, September 7.

In overtime, Potter received a cross from senior midfielder A.J. Sherman and took a strike towards the goal. The Holy Angels goaltender Dan Urzua saved the initial shot, but Potter tapped in the rebound to give the Red Knights the win. “It was great to get our first win on the turf, and it was awesome to see all the fans there to support us,” said junior forward Carter Eckerline

The Red Knights and Stars were in a deadlock most of the game until junior Dan Lundberg scored the first goal on the turf to give the Red Knights a 1-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in the second half. “Carter Eckerline crossed it from half field, and the ball was in the box for a while and I was able to kick it in,” said junior Dan Lundberg.

Holy Angel’s captain Alex Elvidge answered the Red Knights when he snuck one past goaltender Alex Leiter on a free kick from 42 yards out to force overtime. “When we got scored on, we kept our heads focused and we didn’t give up,” said junior sweeper Paul Graupner.

After giving up the game-tying goal, Leiter was relieved to see Potter score in overtime. “When they scored I got really down on myself. I thought I should have saved the shot, and I felt that I let my team down,” said junior goalie Alex Leiter.

This win not only gives the Red Knights a record of 3-1-1, but it is also a big confidence booster. “It was a pretty important win,” said Graupner, “it was a big rivalry game, they’re a good team, and it keeps us above .500. Overall, I thought we played well, had a lot of possession, and good scoring chances.”