Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Padua falls in nail-biting match

The Padua boys soccer team played their third match against of the season against St. Ignatius, a school well-known for their tremendous soccer program.  The Bruins fell short in the affair, with Ignatius coming out with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph.

St. Ignatius struck quickly, scoring off of a Stephen Milhoan goal with 32:06 left in the first half.  12 minutes later at the 20:41 mark, Padua scored the equalizer, when Nathan Marcus scored from close range to knot the match at 1.  The second half was filled with much Ignatius possession, and they finally took the lead at the 10:39 mark in the second half, when Stephen Milhoan scored his second goal of the game to give the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage, which they would hold for the remainder of the contest.

Padua played extremely well, considering what they were going up against.  They did well to create chances in the first half, getting a few shots on a couple breakaways.  They stood tall defensively in the second half.  Padua goalkeeper Jonah Kuvin had a tremendous match, totaling 12 saves in the match, including 2 crucial saves in the second half when Ignatius had a flurry of chances in the penalty box to score.  However, Padua could not find that second goal in the second half, which would have given them a great result.

Padua drops to 0-2-1 with the loss.  Their next match is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2, where they will travel to Medina High School to take on the Bees.

Match Statistics:
Shots: Padua – 5, St. Ignatius – 26.
Shots on goal: Padua – 3, St. Ignatius – 14.
GK saves: Padua – 12, St. Ignatius – 2.
Corner kicks: Padua – 0, St. Ignatius – 6.
Free kicks: Padua – 13, St. Ignatius – 15.

by: Jonathan Konopka ‘15