At first, Giuseppe LoMonaco didn't even bother to look.
No way, the Chaminade senior thought, would his free kick in the 65th minute of a pivotal game against St. Anthony's amount to anything.
Then he opened his eyes.
To LoMonaco's surprise, the ball found a wide-open Brian Moran, who buried the winner from inside the penalty box as host Chaminade defeated St. Anthony's, 2-1, Thursday.
"I was mad at myself when I released it because it wasn't a good ball and right away I had my head down and eyes closed for a second," LoMonaco said. "Then I looked up right when Brian had the ball. It was a typical Moran-like goal. It epitomized his clutch style."
With the win, Chaminade (10-0) clinched first place in the CHSAA.
Yanni Rigos, a sophomore who became the Flyers' starting goalie because of injuries, made an impressive save with about 15 minutes left. Rigos (eight saves) jumped straight up and deflected a shot with the fingertips of his right hand, robbing Ryan Gonclaves.
"He has stepped up enormously for us," said LoMonaco, the Flyers' stalwart defender and lone captain.
Matthew Vowinkel gave Chaminade a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Vowinkel, a sophomore who leads the Flyers with 13 goals, connected on a blast from 30 yards despite being surrounded by three defenders.
"It was a special goal," Chaminade coach Michael Gallagher said. "He took it quickly and hit it with some power. Boy, oh, boy, it was something."
Chase Gurcan tied it at 1 for the Friars (8-3) about 30 seconds later, when he cashed in from close range, off Zachery Capolongo's assist.