Liverpool When Monte Stroman’s free kick hit the back of the net for the overtime game-winner in Saturday night's Section III Class A final at Liverpool High School Stadium, the Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer forward said his life flashed before his eyes.
From just outside the 18-yard box, Stroman, Alex Chrisman and Zach Zajdel all lined up as if they were going to take a shot. But it was Stromen who kicked the ball as hard as he could, past the J-D blocking wall and eluding goalkeeper Morgan Sawyer.
“I aimed low because it’s wet and I just ripped it as hard as I could,” Stromen said.
And even though the Brothers won the sectional championship with that kick (it shared the title with Fowler a year ago), CBA head coach Joe Papaleo said his team stole one from the Red Rams.
“I told my boys, we’re not playing well, might as well steal it,” Papleo said.
For most of the night, J-D outplayed the Brothers in all facets of the game. The Rams held advantages in shots, time of possession and set pieces, yet still could not break away from the Brothers.
CBA scored the initial goal of the game in the 16th minute, as Matt DePerro rifled a left-footed shot past Sawyer to set the pace of the game. That would prove the only goal of the first half as the Brothers took a 1-0 lead to the break.
J-D didn’t respond until right after halftime. Adam Resetarits beamed a kick 25 yards out into the hands of CBA goalkeeper Mike Smith, who mishandled the save and watched as the ball rolled into the back of the net for the equalizer. For the rest of regulation, J-D had multiple chances to score, but just could not capitalize on open looks or set pieces.