John Paul’s varsity soccer team took the field Friday afternoon against Bishop McNamara in front of a sizable crowd mixed with students and parents. It was an important game for the Wolves, seeking to rebound from two consecutive losses over the course of a tough week.
The scoring opened up quickly after senior Josh Cox put a shot into the back of the net just minutes into the game. A few moments later, junior Stephen Cantrell was awarded a penalty kick and he converted it to give John Paul an early 2-0 lead.
The rest of the half played out at a back and forth pace. True scoring opportunities were few and far between, with McNamara failing to take advantage of a solid chance with about 15 minutes to go before the break.
After halftime, freshman Kedus Michael tacked on another goal for the Wolves, making it 3-0. It seemed as if the Wolves were just going to run away with this one until McNamara scored their first goal of the game with about 20 minutes remaining. Just moments after that, the Mustangs were on the offensive again, seeking to cut the lead to one. However, Wolves’ junior goalie John Turner had other ideas. His diving save kept the lead at two, and this seemed to be a defining moment in the game.
With about nine minutes left, Kedus Michael’s twin brother Ftsum shot and scored to increase JP’s lead to 4-1. Less than five minutes later Kedus scored his second goal of the game and made the score 5-1. This would conclude the scoring for the day, as the Wolves went on to win the game 5-1.
The win improved the soccer team’s record to 3-4 on the season. Their next action at home is on September 23rd.