St. Joseph again loses in 2-A semis to Manti

May 10 2013 - 11:49pm


DRAPER -- Another heartbreaking twist came the St. Joseph boys soccer team's way.

And while the Jayhawks handled it with class, losing another state tournament battle was a hard pill to swallow.

"I love this team. Some of these guys have been with me since they were six years old," St. Joseph coach Derek Tate said. "They worked so hard."

But that still wasn't enough, as St. Joseph fell in the state 2-A semifinals to Manti, losing on penalty kicks 4-3 late Friday at Juan Diego High School. The teams battled to a 1-1 draw. Tate said the Jayhawks were really stymied by cramps, perhaps due to the field and the heat.

St. Joseph scored first on a goal from Takuya Ishikawa in the ninth minute. Manti's Juan Frutos immediately responded with a goal.

"We had plenty of chances in the first half, but misfired," Tate added. "Then it came down to penalty kicks.

Manti's keeper made a stop on St. Joseph's first try. St. Joseph's Mitch Koehler also made a stop, but the Templars stayed a point ahead, and clinched it on Michael Peterson's try.

"It didn't bounce our way," Tate said, noting the team's 11 seniors -- including seven starters -- reached two 2-A finals and two 2-A semifinals, only to lose all four matches.

Tate thanked the St. Joseph student body for its support.

"After the loss, every student in the stands came down to the field and walked through the line and hugged each one of our players. We have wonderful fans; great kids," he said.


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