CBA midfielder Tim Corapi (12) blocks out Jamesville-DeWitt’s Adam Resetarits (6) as both battle for possession in last Thursday night’s Class AA quarterfinal, where the Brothers prevailed 2-1.
continued The Brothers threatened early and often. Three times, DePerro nearly found the back of the net before finally scoring.
First he was called for a tackle from behind on J-D’s Anthony Epsifani. Then he was called offsides on a service from Dinger. And finally, he was tackled by J-D back John Maroney. The foul, which appeared to occur more than a yard inside the 18-yard box (which would have merited a penalty kick) was ruled three yards outside the box.
Ultimately, DePerro got his goal, toeing a feed from his brother, Matt DePerro, past a charging Carr and into the bottom-left corner of the net. He only tallied one goal—arguably low for his scoring rate—but his presence up top limited J-D’s ability to push midfielders forward throughout the game.
“You have to be worried about that,” Roach said. “Even at the end, we waited as long as we could to send people up.”
After entering halftime with the score 1-0 CBA, Canfield cut through the Brothers defense left to right. Atop the right side of the 18-yard box, he ripped a well-placed shot into the right side of the net.
A raucous celebration followed, as an upset bid appeared to be in the works. Dinger shut that down moments later, though.
After Andrew DePerro ran down a thru ball on the right sideline, he poked it across the box. Maroney shielded Matt DePerro from the ball in the heart of the box, but standing on the far side was Dinger. Taking one touch to control it, the freshman fired a bullet far-post and into the cage.
CBA senior back Will Brower led the stifling defensive effort for the Brothers. He provided a number of key headers and clears to help keep the J-D midfielders on their half of the field.