DeWitt Tom Canfield ripped a goal past diving Christian Brothers Academy goalkeeper Mike Smith and into the net before being dog piled on the far side of the field by teammates.
For no. 7 seed Jamesville-DeWitt, the score was arguably the most crucial of the season, tying No. 2 seed CBA 1-1 in the 55th minute of Thursday night’s Section III Class A boys soccer quarterfinal.
But the emotional crescendo proved too good to be true, as Brothers freshman Jake Dinger scored just two minutes later. The goal was ultimately the game-winner.
“I didn’t want to see J-D because I knew how good they were,” CBA head coach Joe Papaleo said. We just (sneaked) out with the win.”
CBA’s 2-1 victory propels the 13-4 Brothers into the Class A semifinals against No. 6 seed Whitesboro, who knocked out no. 3 seed Watertown by that same 2-1 margin.
Despite the result, Red Rams head coach Joe Roach was pleased with his team’s performance. The Brothers outscored J-D 10-1 combined in their two regular-season meetings, including a 6-1 stomping one week ago.
J-D limited the Brothers to just three corners and held the powerful CBA offense in check. Unfortunately for Roach and company, they just fell short.
“They don’t have a weakness, but we were trying to pack in a little bit in the back and make sure our wing midfielders got back and defended a little bit harder than they had,” Roach said. “And it worked.”
Senior forward Andrew DePerro, a big factor in both of those wins, in the regular season, tallied his 28th goal of the season in the 13th minute to give CBA an early 1-0 lead and also move into a tie for second among Section III goal scorers.
The Brothers also outshot the Red Rams 10-6, forcing J-D junior goalie Bradley Carr to make eight saves, while Smith needed just three stops to maintain the shutout early.