Tuesday, November 9, 2004
By Jerome Michaels
The way this second round boy’s South Jersey Parochial B soccer game seemed on the scoreboard, it would have appeared as if the second seeded Crusaders from Bishop Eustace and the sixth seeded Spartans from Holy Spirit where in an evenly matched game. There wasn’t a single goal scored but Eustace was winning the momentum battle. During the second half of this game, one goal would make the difference and Kyle Miller was the player giving the Crusaders the game winner. Bishop Eustace would advance to the finals with their 2-0 victory and take on the defending champs St. Rose for the title.
Bishop Eustace had already captured the Olympic Conference National Division and was looking to add the Parochial B to their list. With a bye in the first round, the Crusaders had the luxury of waiting to see who they would compete against. The Spartans defeated the third seeded St. Joseph’s team by a 3-2 margin and were looking for their second upset victory in a row.
The first goal was set up on a shot in front of the net that was blocked by the goalie. Miller was in the right place at the right time to deposit the ball into the net. The defense for Eustace kept Holy Spirit from getting any clear shots toward the net giving the offense an opportunity to widen their lead. Kevin Duffy scored the second goal for Bishop Eustace and they were well on their way to the title game.