Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Crosstown rivals play to a thrilling draw

The Padua boys soccer team played their second match of the season Saturday morning at Padua Stadium against their crosstown and North Coast League rivals, Holy Name.  The teams played to an exciting 3-3 draw.

The scoring was opened with 25:41 left in the first half, when junior John Parente, Jr. scored his second goal of the season to make it 1-0.  At the 10:29 mark of the first half, Padua committed a foul in the penalty box, giving Holy Name a penalty kick, which Ryan Ontko converted, tying the score at 1.  Six minutes later, Ontko scored his second goal of the match on a ball that was initially tipped by Padua goalie Zach Litwinowicz, but the ball trickled into the back of the net, giving Holy Name a 2-1 advantage.

Padua opened the scoring in the second half at the 27:13 mark, when John Parente, Jr. scored his second goal of the match and third of the season, knotting the score at 2.  One minute later, Holy Name took a 3-2 lead off a Jacob Rosko goal.  With time winding down, Padua kept pressing for a goal, which they found with just over 10 minutes left, when sophomore Kevin Leigh scored to tie the game at 3.  Padua had a number of chances in the final minutes, including a shot by Parente that hit the post.

Padua had numerous opportunities throughout the game, accumulating a total of 35 shots, with 21 being on goal.  Holy Name only had 10 shots, but had 8 on goal and made the most of their chances.  Holy Name had 16 total goalkeeper saves during the match, while Padua had 8 total goalkeeper saves.  Senior Jonah Kuvin had 7 saves in the second half.

Padua moves to 0-1-1 with the draw.  Their next match is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, at Padua Stadium, where they will host St. Ignatius High School.

Match Statistics
Shots: Padua – 35, Holy Name – 10.
Shots on goal: Padua – 21, Holy Name – 8.
Goalkeeper saves: Padua – 8, Holy Name – 16.
Corner kicks: Padua – 9, Holy Name – 5.
Free kicks: Padua – 1, Holy Name – 5.

by: Jonathan Konopka 15’