DIV. III SOCCER JFK's end comes at hands of CVCA
Coach Lou Cali's Eagles were beaten, 9-0.
By DOUG CHAPIN
BELOIT -- Warren Kennedy High's amazing boys soccer tournament run came to a halt Tuesday at West Branch High School, as Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy blitzed the Eagles 9-0 in a Division III regional semifinal.
CVCA dominated from the start on a miserable night weather-wise, scoring less than two minutes into the game as Brett Schreiber's high, floating cross was knocked into the goal by Seth Taylor.
Kai Kasiguran then headed in a corner kick by Jonathan Taylor with 28:05 to play in the half, and less than a minute later Kasiguran returned the favor, assisting on a goal by Taylor.
Kennedy was no match for the Royals, who displayed solid discipline to go along with their excellent soccer skills, speed and athleticism.
"We went into the game like we approached the entire tournament," Kennedy coach Lou Cali said. "No one expected us to be here. No one thought we would knock off two seeded teams. No one thought we could beat Badger.
"I tried to be honest with the kids all season. I told them who I thought we could match up with and who we could not. CVCA is just an outstanding team."
The Eagles (5-14-1), whose only regular season win came by forfeit, had won four straight tournament games to capture the district title.
Sophomore goalkeeper Brian Wolnik played well for the Eagles, recording 13 saves. But the Royals just kept coming at him in waves.
CVCA outshot Kennedy 28-0 in the first half and 34-1 for the game. The Royals were so dominant, their keeper touched the ball just twice in the contest.
CVCA's Angelo Finelli scored midway through the first half to make it 4-0, then Kasiguran tallied two more goals in the last seven minutes of the half.
Call off the dogs
The Royals scored three more goals (Seth Taylor, Finelli and Alexander Zaubi) in the first 11 minutes of the second half, then took no more shots, instead working the ball around the field the remainder of the game.
CVCA (15-3-2) plays in the regional final Saturday at Canton Central Catholic against Gates Mills Hawken. CVCA has outscored its four tournament opponents by a combined score of 29-0.