St. Frederick kicks Calvary out of the playoffs
Courtesy of the News Star / Written by Cody Futrell
The St. Frederick soccer field was outfitted with a brand new scoreboard that was fresh off the truck just hours prior to kickoff Thursday.
The Warriors boys soccer team christened it with a playoff win, defeating No. 24 Calvary Baptist 3-1.
The ninth-seeded Warriors were locked in a defensive struggle with the Cavaliers until the midway point of the first half.
St. Frederick was on the attack from the beginning. After a short feeling out period, St. Frederick got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Sterling Turner off an assist by John Ellender in the 21st minute.
It was part of a huge night for Ellender.
The Warriors added to their lead just moments later as Noah Santiago netted a penalty kick for a 2-0 advantage and Ellender later scored on a breakaway.
It was all in a night’s work for a team that coach Rual Africa and assistant Logan Blackford are striving to have fun while playing the game the right way.
“We are having fun,” Africa said. “When we are not having fun then they get tense. We are going out there to play and have fun.”
Africa said that the team defense was a key factor in advancing on Thursday.
“Our defensive front was key,” Africa said. “Our defenders are protecting the team.”
The starting defensive front of Barrett Coon, Noah Santiago, Scott Bulloch and Jackson Ryder put up a wall that was tough to crack. Calvary got a ball into the net off an assist by Cale Norris and strike from Trevor Stevens in the second half.
“We made a change from last time we played (St. Frederick) that I thought would give us a chance, and it did,” Calvary Baptist coach Adam Hester said. “We felt like we were so close but it was some of the same things (issues). And now there is not a next week to try and improve on things.”
St. Frederick advances to a second-round match at No. 8 Lafayette Christian next week at a date to be announced.