Saints create excitement headed into All “A” final

EVAN DENNISON - [email protected]
St. Patrick’s Paco Franco and the Saints head down to Paris on Saturday for the 10th Region All “A” final against Calvary Christian at noon. -

Undermanned and facing an opponent that’s been the 10th Region All “A” Champion in five of the six years of existence, the St. Patrick boys’ soccer team did what no Saints team had done in quite some time on Saturday.

Beat Bishop Brossart.

In an epic match in which the Saints came back from one-goal deficits twice, St. Patrick prevailed in penalty kicks, 5-4, after the match wasn’t decided in 80 minutes, tied at 2-2.

“Everybody was excited about it. I didn’t know the history of Brossart-St. Pat and that we haven’t beat them. It was really exciting to be able to get that win,” Saints coach Michael Parsons said.

Bringing just 12 players down to Paris to face the Mustangs, including two that ran a cross country meet in the morning, the Saints endured the battle and drilled every penalty kick, winning the contest as Brossart’s final attempt sailed over the crossbar, earning the Saints the win.

“We were pretty much fighting from behind after every goal and then held on for PK’s. We were fortunate because we had a PK blocked, but their goalie moved off the line early and got a re-do. We scored on the second attempt and took it from there,” Parsons said. “It was a very tough, hard-fought game.”

Now the Saints get Calvary Christian in the 10th Region All “A” final on Saturday, back down in Paris at noon. The Cougars will present a tough challenge, currently at 4-0 on the season, outscoring opponents 26-3 in those contests. They are also the defending 10th Region All “A” champs, being the first team to knock off Brossart in the 10th Region All “A” tourney last year.

“I don’t really know a whole lot about them,” Parsons said. “I know they played Paris and won 10-0, like we did earlier in the year. I think that puts us in the same boat and should be a pretty evenly matched game.”

Saturday’s game against Brossart was just a precursor of the Saints early success to the season, starting off 4-0-1 before a 2-0 loss to Rowan County, Tuesday. Scoring goals at a high rate, the Saints have posted 33 goals in their first six contests, most in the 10th Region. Cesar Briseno leads that attack with 11 goals, Marvin Koch has seven and Cesar Briseno has added six.

Koch, along with Paco and Willie Franco, also run cross country for the school as meets often fall on Saturday’s, days where the soccer team have games sometimes. Its happened the last two Saturday’s and the schedules will run into one another again this week with the Mason County Invitational cross country meet, followed by the game with Calvary Christian.

“They had just ran a race, then pretty much played the entire game. It’s pretty impressive for them to do that. They never once quit, never complained, went out and played their hardest,” Parsons said.

The Saints look to be limited again on Saturday, they come in with just 14 players on the roster, one will be out due to ACT testing and another to ineligibility. The team may also be without their coach, as Parsons, a city of Maysville Police Officer, is scheduled to work. He’s had to miss a couple games already due to work scheduling conflicts, but Javier Cardenas and Nacho Reyes have helped fill in.

“They’ve helped a lot, pretty much been there through the duration. Fleming County and Paris game I couldn’t make it, they ended up stepping up and taking over on those occasions. I’m hoping I can get off, if not I know they’ll be there,” Parsons said.

The Saints will look for another first come Saturday, a 10th Region All “A” Championship. The winner of Saturday’s game will then face the 9th Region champ, Newport Central Catholic on September 15.

St. Patrick’s Paco Franco and the Saints head down to Paris on Saturday for the 10th Region All “A” final against Calvary Christian at noon.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Saints.jpgSt. Patrick’s Paco Franco and the Saints head down to Paris on Saturday for the 10th Region All “A” final against Calvary Christian at noon.

EVAN DENNISON

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