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June 6, 2013

Slow start costs St. John's in East semifinals

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“Their (St. John’s Prep) long poles are so good. We knew if we were going to score we’d have to hit them from the midfield,” said Kelly. “We knew the storm was going to come. We knew what they were capable of offensively. I’m happy we were able to weather the storm and had built enough of a lead.”

The Prep had twice beaten BC High in the regular season however yesterday the hosts looked to have no direction offensively, turned the ball over with bad passes and worst of all only capitalized on one of nine man-up opportunities.

SJP would score the final five goals of the game behind some strong individual play from Andrew O’Connell (one goal), Jack Sharrio (two goals) and Andrew Gallahue (two goals). The comeback could have been completed but the Prep hit two posts in the final five minutes while visiting goalie DJ Barrile (13 saves) stood on his head with seven fourth-quarter saves.

With the game on the line and urgency forced upon them the host Eagles were aggressive and connected on their shots while in the beginning of the game they took some bad shots and were hesitant to go into the teeth of the BC High defense.

“I think we were a little tentative (offensively). Their defense is big and aggressive and they took us out of our game for three quarters,” noted Roy. “They are high school boys and they realized the season was on the line and they cranked it up in the fourth quarter. It was good to see the effort but my hat’s off to BC High.”

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