There was yet another thrilling San Antonio varsity soccer match on Monday as Churchill managed a big 4-3 win over MacArthur in boys soccer on Monday afternoon at Commlander Stadium.
The result was crucial win for Churchill as they need to win out to seal a place in the playoffs and the 65th minute goal from senior midfielder Anthony Caraballo was vital in that effort, proving the winner. Churchill just managed to hold on as they were reduced to ten men just three minutes later.
The Chargers were the stronger side in the opening stages and it was that strong start that would push them on to the win. Four minutes in to the match Churchill opened the scoring as senior forward Tristan Pettit was able to open the scoring after a simple finish. Just two minutes later the impressive freshman Skyler Frey continued his good start to his varsity career with a second goal, from the spot, which would prove vital for the match, and for the season.
With a two goal deficit MacArthur was forced to respond and pulled a goal back in the middle of the first half. Junior midfielder Norberto Lira was able to get on the end of a ball from sophomore midfielder William Vidal to pull MacArthur back in to the match.
The comeback continued as the Brahmas drew level less than ten minutes after the first goal went in. This time Lira turned provider as he was able to set up senior forward Gabriel Quinones for the equalizer.
But Churchill charged right back in to the lead with just six minutes to play in the half going to the sheds on top. Sophomore forward Dorian Eguez set up junior forward Karl Pitkin to score their third and put the Chargers back on front at half-time.
The second half was tight, with the two sides unable to break through for much of the half until the 65th minute. The goal came through a stunning strike from Carabello who was able to launch a powerful free-kick from 55 yards and hit the back of the net.
12 minutes from time Churchill were reduced to ten men, which opened the door for MacArthur, but they were left with little time. With just over three minutes to play Lira was able to set up sophomore midfielder Samuel Villegas to score but the final three minutes saw Churchill hold out well and manage a vital win.