The last time Chaminade faced St. John the Baptist, the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs with a disappointing loss on their home field. To make matters worse, the Cougars also derailed Chaminade's chances of repeating as state champions.
The Flyers (3-2-2, 2-0-2) avenged last year's loss with a dominating 4-0 victory Tuesday in front of their home crowd.
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"I've had to think about that game for 10 months'' said senior goalkeeper Brian Westerman, who made five saves in the shutout. "I've been losing sleep over it, so it was great to get a big win over them today."
Junior forward Nick Joesten led the way for Chaminade, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Joseph Brozek and Carney Mahon each scored a goal.
"There was a big revenge factor," Chaminade coach Mike Gallagher said. "Both teams have been very good over the past few years, so it's always a big rivalry."
The Flyers did a great job of keeping possession throughout the game. Their defense played exceptionally well and neutralized the Cougars star forward, Junior Rosero, who was playing in his first game after coming off a foot injury.
"Most of the credit goes to the back four, they played an unbelievably great game today," Westerman said, referring to defenders Tim McGovern, Patrick Codispoti, Joseph Randazzo and John Platt.
Joesten opened the scoring with 15:39 left in the first half when Codispoti found him behind the defense for a shot that went past the diving goalkeeper. The defense did a good job denying any shot opportunities by the Cougars (2-2-2, 0-2-2) in the first half.
Joesten got his second goal in the 48th minute, heading the ball in off a through ball from Platt. Just six minutes later, Joesten found Brozek in the box and he fired a shot into the back of the net.
"Joesten turned it up today," Gallagher said. "He was very good and more importantly he was very effective."
Mahon capped the scoring in the 49th minute, winning a 50/50 ball against the goalie for an easy shot into the open net.
With the win over the defending league champs, the Flyers hope they can make a deep run in the playoffs.
"This is big for our momentum," Westerman said. "It's definitely gonna propel us forward for the rest of the season."