November 22, 1997 in Sports

St. George’s Run Ends In Semifinals


1A boys soccer

The St. George’s Dragons’ 17-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Friday night at Troy Stadium with a 3-0 loss to Bellevue Christian in the Class 1A boys soccer state semifinals.

“We played great; I don’t think we played our best game,” said St. George’s coach Yosef Afenegus. “We got unlucky a few times; we hit the goal post. Some shots we should have made we didn’t make.”

St. George’s (17-1) plays for third and fourth places today at 4 p.m. Bellevue Christian (12-4-3) plays for the championship at 8.

It was an end-to-end match with the Dragons finishing with 22 shots to 23 for the Vikings.

“The score doesn’t really mention how our team played,” said senior defender Whit Spencer, a four-year starter for the Dragons. “The game could have gone either way.”

Bellevue Christain scored off a corner kick from Adam Van Ornum to Kevin Rech with 29 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half.

Bellevue Christian put the game away with a pair of goals by senior Todd Curry in the second half. The first came in a scramble in front of the St. George’s net with 19:50 left in the game. The third goal came on a looping shot with 12:50 remaining.

“I got whatever I could on it and put it in a corner,” said Curry, who poked his first goal in with a toe.

Like several of the teams not used to playing on artificial turf, the Dragons struggled with the surface.

“The turf being wet didn’t help us out at all. It was a very fast game,” Afenegus said. “Last weekend, we played on turf and practiced last night on turf, but they always play on grass fields. That was a major factor. We were sliding the whole time.”

Spencer agreed.

“You can say the wet turf was a little bit of a problem, but I’m not going to really use that as an excuse,” he said. “I expect we’ll play our hardest and win third place (today).”

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