At different times this fall, Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer star Andrew DePerro has just taken it upon himself to deliver big victories for his side.
That happened again in last Thursday’s game at rival Jamesville-DeWitt, where an early DePerro blitz sparked the state Class A no. 19-ranked Brothers to a 6-1 victory over the Red Rams.
Rarely in the history of this neighborhood series has it been this lopsided. But as was the case in a 4-0 CBA victory on Sept. 24 at Alibrandi Stadium, when DePerro recorded a hat trick, J-D’s defense had no answer for him.
During an active first half, Adam Resetarits put J-D on the board, but it was canceled out by the Brothers zooming out to a 4-1 lead, mostly due to DePerro getting around the Rams’ defenders and slipping shots into the net.
As CBA pulled further away in the late going, DePerro raised his total to four goals, giving him seven in the two meetings against J-D. Tim Corapi set up many of those plays with three assists, while Matt Marzocchi chimed in with a goal and two assists. Matt DePerro got one goal and one assist.
J-D will get one more shot at CBA, though, as the no. 7 seed Red Rams meet the no. 2 seed Brothers in the Section III Class A quarterfinals Thursday night at 6:30 at Alibrandi Stadium.
Before all this, the Brothers, building upon the momentum of its big Oct. 11 victory over previously unbeaten Fowler, met another city foe last Monday night at Alibrandi Stadium, this time beating the Henninger Black Knights 2-1.
For much of the night, CBA controlled the flow of play, forcing Henninger goalie Jon Larca to make 15 saves. Yet the Brothers only led 1-0 at halftime and watched the Black Knights stay close behind Nae Reh’s second-half goal.