Boys Soccer: Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius tie in first WCAL meeting

St. Ignatius' Joseph Pappas connects with the Wildcats' second goal against Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Eric Luis)

By Aidan Fitzsimon

St. Ignatius and visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral went back an forth for 80 minutes Tuesday afternoon, but ultimately the City rivals deadlocked in a 2-2 tie in West Catholic Athletic League play.

The Irish (5-1-3, 1-0-2) scored first goal in the 33rd minute on a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Diego Martinez that found the head of senior defender Alexander Sykulski.

Sacred Heart Cathedral's Alexander Sylkuski (right) heads in the Irish's first goal against St. Ignatius on Tuesday at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Eric Luis)

The Wildcats (4-3-2, 1-1-1) then countered just before the half with a free kick that deflected off an Irish defender’s head and was put away by junior defender Phillip Otto, to bring the score to a 1-1 tie at the half.

In the 61st minute, the Wildcats took the lead on a corner kick that deflected off Irish junior goalkeeper Conor Anderson, and landed at the feet of Joseph Pappas, who quickly scored the go-ahead goal.

Then, in the 68th minute, Martinez took a corner kick that snuck around the post to score Sacred Heart’s second goal of the afternoon, tying the game 2-2.

“I’m proud of our effort,” said Sacred Heart head coach Jeff Wilson. “Of course you always want to win, but considering that we played at a tough place, in a City rivalry, against a very physical and well-coached team, I will take the result.”

Three minutes of stoppage time was allotted at the end of the game, but the tie could not be broken.

In those three minutes, the Wildcats controlled the ball, and in the final 30 seconds, St. Ignatius took a corner kick. The ball appeared to be heading toward white jerseys when Anderson leaped into the air to deflect the ball away.

“It was a very strong team performance from start to finish,” said St. Ignatius head coach John Prior. “It was a typical SI-SH battle.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    the corner kicks were actually taken by #4, junior oscar reyes

  2. SI Soccer Dad says:

    Good game. The second SHC goal was actually an “own goal” by an SI defender, and the second SI goal was probably the result of blinding sun that may have led to the SHC goalie mis-handling a relatively straight-forward save. Best game that SI has played so far, against a very good SHC team.

  3. Soccer fan says:

    Hey Aidan (or anybody else who watches a lot of highschool soccer)
    How do you think SI or SH would matchup against other highschools in the city? Uni, Urban, Lowell, Lincoln?

    • aFitzsimon says:

      I don’t watch a lot of highschool soccer, to be quite honest.

    • Roll Cats says:

      WCAL soccer, like most other WCAL sports, feature the premier teams in the area. SI and SH would likely win and display their talents well, but sadly, there is no state wide season for soccer that allows all soccer teams to compete at the same time.

      • AAA Fan says:

        I wish there were. The WCAL is certainly stronger, but other schools have good years sometimes and I think they could occasionally challenge.

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