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Calvary/Tolton soccer falls 3-2 to St. Albans

Calvary/Tolton soccer falls 3-2 to St. Albans

September 23rd, 2013 in News

Luck just wasn't on Calvary/Tolton's side.

Even though the Lions dominated the second half, the Fulton School at St. Albans stole a late winner on the counterattack to escape with a 3-2 victory Monday at the 63 Sports Complex.

"Definitely a tough game for us," Calvary/Tolton head coach Thomas Senter said. "I think we matched up rather well. Didn't luck out in front of the goal like we normally do.

"We were unfortunate. We got a lot of good looks."

Soccer can be a cruel game.

St. Albans' Brendan Shine ran onto a long ball down the right side and blasted a shot near-post past Evan Brenner for the game-winning goal with just five minutes left to play, spoiling what had been a strong final 40 minutes for Calvary/Tolton.

"St. Albans lucked out and got that one break," Senter said. "We didn't catch a break. That's what we get for letting them hang around."

Hanging around is exactly what St. Albans did. Calvary/Tolton enjoyed most of the possession in the second half, as well as the majority of the scoring chances. The final touch just wasn't there.

The Lions held a 12-7 edge in shots in the final 40 minutes, including 7-4 in shots on goal.

"We were stepping it up in the second half," Senter said.

Calvary/Tolton just couldn't find the back of the net.

The Lions' best opportunity came with eight minutes left before time. Sam Molli drilled a shot from at least 30 yards out on a restart, banging it off the crossbar.

"He cracked a heck of a free kick from outside the box," Senter said.

It was like that chance after chance.

Cal Kolzow hit the left post early in the half off a cross from Caleb Murray. Molli blasted a low shot from 18 yards out that forced a diving save. A corner kick almost curled in, asking only for the tap of a foot to slide it in the net on the back post.

"We kept the pressure up all the way until the end of the game," Senter said. "I think it's a growing pain. I think I have too much youth. They haven't learned how to leave it on the field. I'm not going to say we were unlucky because I believe if you give it your all the results will come. We were giving a lot, but St. Albans gave just a little bit more."

Calvary/Tolton took the original lead 11 minutes into the contest.

Kolzow fed Noah Lawrence with a nifty pass, who responded with a clinical finish, slotting the ball into the right side of the net.

"Cal Kolzow made a lovely assist, switching it up the field to Noah," Senter said. "It was really nice to see it happen. That was just a great forward pass, a give-and-go type of situation."

The Eagles tied the game nine minutes later when Paul Hofstetter blasted home a pass from Natasha Douglass, one of three girls on the team that saw playing time.

Calvary/Tolton regained the lead seven minutes before halftime when Luke Allen flicked a ball into the box that a streaking Murray ran onto and smashed home.

"Caleb was in the right position, and it proved fruitful for him," Senter said.

St. Albans found the equalizer two minutes before the intermission when Shine tallied from 10 yards out after receiving a ball from Joshua Dunne.

"St. Albans brought some talented ballhandlers," Senter said. "We haven't seen that much this season, except against Battle and the larger schools."

Fulton improves to 6-0 with the victory.

Calvary/Tolton (3-4) hosts Belle at 5 p.m. Friday for Senior Night.

"We played them last Friday and lost 3-0 in the last five minutes of the game," Senter said. "We're definitely going to spend the rest of the week preparing for that game."