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Boys Soccer Wins First Catholic League Championship!

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Article courtesy of www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald, 10-12-16

The Cabrini Monarchs jumped out to an early lead and went on to defeat the Royal Oak Shrine Knights 3-0 in the Catholic High School League C-D Final Wednesday night.

It marked the first-ever CHSL title for the Cabrini boys soccer program.

DSC_0069-MTimothy Gordon got the Monarchs on the board early when he pounced on a rebound just 1:42 into the game and deposited it in the back of the net for a quick 1-0 lead.

The Monarchs doubled their lead near the end of the first half when captain Chris Bartnicki fed a through ball to Mark Aguilar who won the race to the ball and swept it past the charging goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Bartnicki, Gordon, and Aguilar were the focus of the Monarch attack all game, consistently winning balls in midfield and creating on the attack.

“Those are the ones we planned to be in charge,” Monarchs Coach Taleb Karaouni said. “Mark Aguilar has scored 24 goals. He’s kind of slipped under the radar.

DSC_0135-MLed by the play of Jordon Norfork, the Knights would have their chances as Royal Oak Shrine battled back into the game after a slow start. Shrine nearly tied the game with eight minutes left in the first half on a breakaway, but Cabrini goalkeeper Matthew Hecmanczuk came off his line to make a fantastic sliding stop. Peyton Harding would make a fantastic save in the second half for the Monarchs, punching a ball over the net.

“Both of my goalkeepers are getting a medal award. They’re phenomenal goalkeepers,” Monarchs head coach Taleb Karaouni said.

DSC_0146-MBoth teams played well, but ultimately the Monarchs got a few more chances and most importantly cashed in on a few, while Shrine could not.

“We had breakdowns. I thought we controlled the game pretty well. But I just don’t think we took advantage of our opportunities when we needed to,” Soma said. “I don’t think we played poorly. I think we just had three breakdowns, and it cost us the game,” he added.

“The other team (Shrine) has good players, quality players. But the way we prepared for them, we took their passing game away and their main focal guy, number 20 (Norfork),” Karaouni said. “We double teamed him, switched on him, and we executed. Soccer is about 90% you play with your head and 10% you execute with your feet.” He added that, “I would say we controlled the game about 60-40.”

DSC_0138-MThe Monarchs put the game away late when Casey Smith set up Aguilar on a breakaway, and Aguilar buried it to complete the scoring at 3-0.

With the win, Cabrini improves to 14-4-1 heading into the state playoffs next week. The Monarchs open district play at state-ranked Grosse Ile on Monday

Royal Oak Shrine (8-6-2) will open district play at home against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett on Tuesday.

“We played them last week, and it was a real tough, physical game and we won. Hopefully, we can put another solid game together,” Soma said.

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