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CBA, St. Rose flip the script, move on to Trenton

Posted in Uncategorized by mattmanley on November 13, 2009

Well, technically its Ewing, but Trenton has a nicer ring to it. Sorry I didn’t do picks, but I figured the picks I made to start the state tournament could still count since I picked the finals correctly.

Those correct picks were CBA knocking off top-seeded St. Augustine (21-2-1) 3-0 in Non-Public A and St. Rose  beating Sacred Heart 3-1. Both the Colts and the Purple Roses lost to their Thursday opponent in last year’s sectional final, so their respective wins were a measure of revenge. I thought each was the best team in the section when the playoffs began and each proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that was the case.

St. Augustine probably held possession longer than CBA Thursday, but CBA’s counter was dangerous and they finished three times. The first goal was an absolute missile off the left foot of Scott Thomsen from 35-40 yards out, which I only caught half of on video (you’ll see what I mean). That kind of loosened things up the rest of the game and Steve Krachie, playing with a strained meniscus, back kicked a free kick from Thomsen in for his third goal of the playoffs and a 2-0 CBA lead. Gragnano scored off a counter in the 74th to seal CBA’s third win over St. Augustine in the last four years.

The difference this year as opposed to last year’s 1-0 Hermits victory was the lack of a stud forward on the St. Augustine side. Jonathan Murphy had a few dangerous opportunities Thursday, but he didn’t burn the Colts like Glenroy Chapman did last year. CBA played a little more possession last year but they looked to attack a little more Thursday and their ability and St. Augustine’s inability to do that was the difference.

St. Rose coach Tim McInerney thought his team would beat Sacred Heart before their 3-1 loss last year, so after a year to experience the championship game, he felt good about his team heading in once again. He and the Roses probably didn’t feel as good about the 1-1 tie at halftime despite a dominant first 40 minutes. The dynamic duo of Dylan Marx and Chris Hueth came to the rescue in the second half, scoring a goal a piece to break the tie and send St. Rose to their first state final since 2005, when they lost to Morris Catholic for the third straight year. The Roses will play Montclair Kimberly Gil St. Bernard’s for the Non Public B final in coach Tim McInerney’s fifth championship appearance in his nine seasons at the helm. In those first five appearances, St. Rose is 0-4-1, all of the games against the Morris Catholic Dynasty, which won a share of seven straight titles in Non-Public B.

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