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.
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.”