Concordia Prep scored three goals in the second half to post a 3-0 decision over St. Vincent Pallotti in a MIAA C Conference soccer semifinal contest Thursday afternoon in Towson.
The Saints will play Glenelg Country School for the league title Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College. The Dragons advance with a 2-1 victory over St. John’s Catholic Prep in the other semifinal Thursday.
In the 7th minute, the Saints came inches away from opening the scoring. Sophomore Carlos Ventura took a right-footed shot from 25 yards out to the upper right-hand corner that was tipped over the crossbar by Pesoa.
In the 9th minute, the Panthers were inches away from a goal themselves. Panthers senior Connell Oshodi toe poked a ball the Saints failed to clear. The shot beat sophomore goalkeeper Noah Gregory, but quick reflexes from Saints sophomore Jack Kopenhaver allowed him to raise his foot and clear the shot off the line.
In the 18th minute, Ventura again took an audacious shot that nearly scored. Ventura took a left-footed shot from about 5 yards further from his first attempt that nearly beat a diving Pesoa, who tipped the ball out of bounds for a corner.
The first half ended 0-0, but was dominated by the Saints. It took the Saints less than a minute in the second half to finally find the back of the net.
On a free kick outside the box, the Saints executed their play with perfection. Sophomore Angelo Poblete stepped over the ball and ran to the right as Flury did the same but ran to the left. Kopenhaver passed the ball to Poblete, who crossed the ball and found the feet of freshman Taylor Calheira, who redirected the ball from 4 yards out into the goal.
In the 51st minute, Calheira completed his brace as he doubled the Saints’ lead. Poblete again passed the ball to Calheira, who took a touch toward the center of the goal, and curled the ball with a left-footed shot to the far-right post. Pesoa slipped, and all he could do is watch the ball sail just inside the far-right post.
The scoring was wrapped up as Poblete claimefender not yet on the goal line as he struck the ball from 35 yards out and found the top corner to give the Saints a 3-0 advantage. Concordia lost to Pallotti in last year’s semifinal round.
“We had that game in the back of our heads,” Saints coach Adauto Neto said. “In the first half of the game, it was a little bit difficult for us to score. They did a good job defensively. We had to tell our players to be patient, and the opportunities were going to come in the second half. We need to be able to capitalize, and they were able to do that.”