The biggest boys’ soccer rivalry game in the Catholic Conference lived up to its reputation Saturday in Danvers, as No. 8 St. John’s Prep came back from a goal down to defeat No. 6 BC High, 3-1.
After an uneventful first half in front of goal for both teams, BC High (4-1) broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half.
Senior right back Silas Wallace drove a cross deep to the back post, where junior forward Pat Juffre headed the ball in to give the visitors the lead.
But St. John’s Prep (6-0-1) bounced back quickly. Junior striker Pat Foley pounced on a loose ball in the box and scored the equalizer.
Just two minutes later, St. John’s Prep was awarded a penalty kick after junior right back Peter Kilcommons tripped over a defender’s leg.
Senior midfielder Greg French stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, giving St. John’s Prep a 2-1 advantage.
In the 67th minute, Foley controlled the ball with his back to BC High’s goal about 12 yards away. He turned, sending his defender the wrong way with some nifty footwork, and fired the ball to the near post to give St. John’s Prep a 3-1 lead.
St. John’s Prep coach David Crowell was pleased with how his team bounced back.
“I liked that we responded right after they scored,” Crowell said. “The second they scored, our game just elevated. It really showed our character today.”
And although Crowell said it’s too early to deem any game a “must win” in September, the victory means a lot.
“This is the game,” said Crowell. “We both want the Catholic Conference championship, and we had to win at home.”
Lexington 1, Somerville 1 — Matt Edmonds scored the equalizer in the 65th minute as the Minutemen tied the top-ranked Highlanders.
Catholic Memorial 3, Lynnfield 0 — Emmanuel Kollie scored a hat trick for the Knights (2-2).
Pentucket 2, Newburyport 1 — The Sachems got goals from juniors Connor Beaton and Sean Keegan.
Somerset Berkley 6, Durfee 1 — Senior Logan Morro led the Blue Raiders (2-1-3) with two goals and goalkeeper Haley Monaghan recorded 10 saves.
Notre Dame (Hingham) 3, Bishop Feehan 1 — Parker DiNatale, Sarah Rawson, and Gabby Kenyon scored for the Cougars (6-0).
Ursuline 3, Sacred Heart 0 — Senior Brigid Buckley collected 12 saves for the shutout while Amy Piccolo scored twice.
Lynnfield 1, Wayland 0 — Senior forward Jackie Whelan’s goal led the Pioneers (6-0).
Westford 3, Tewksbury 0 — Jenna Klinka scored all three goals for the Grey Ghosts (8-0).
Central Catholic 1, Andover 0 — Freshman Mary Lambert scored a second-half goal to lead the host Raiders.
Acton-Boxboro 6, Monomoy 1— Eleni Neyland scored two goals as the top-ranked Colonials improved to 5-0.
Arlington Catholic 3, Wakefield 0 — Cougars junior middle Kerry Keeffe recorded 10 service points and six aces in the sweep.