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Jake Friedman leads resilient St. Anthony's boys soccer past Chaminade

Jake Friedman of St. Anthony's scores for the

Jake Friedman of St. Anthony's scores for the second time during a CHSAA boys soccer game against Chaminade in Mineola on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

It happened again and again and again.

The top two boys soccer teams in the NSCHSAA were playing Tuesday. St. Anthony’s trailed by a goal three times at Chaminade. Each time, the Friars tied the Flyers — and then finally zipped on by their rivals.

Jake Friedman delivered two goals and three assists, Dominic Algieri contributed two goals and two assists and Aidan Heron scored twice in St. Anthony’s 6-4 win, which was also Chaminade’s first league loss.

"I think we showed a lot of character," Friars coach Don Corrao said after the comebacks from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits. "We can be a very explosive team."

Barring any upsets in Chaminade’s final two games and St. Anthony’s final three, the Flyers (10-4-1, 9-1) and the Friars (12-1, 8-1) will finish as regular-season co-champs. Chaminade won the first meeting, 2-1. Coach Mike Gallagher wasn’t fretting over the rematch.

"It’s a game on a Tuesday against a competitive team," Gallagher said. "It’s part of the league. We’ll see them in the playoffs. The difficulty of playing on this pitch, because of the [smaller] size, was there was less soccer being played. The game was determined by restarts, throw-ins, stuff like that."

Friedman seemed to be in the middle of every good thing for St. Anthony’s.

"Jake is a very special player," Corrao said of the senior forward/midfielder.

Heron leveled it at 3 against Matthew Canade (three saves) with 36:40 left, following Friedman’s right-side corner kick. Friedman gave St. Anthony’s the lead off a rebound 4:29 later. Heron made it 5-3 3:07 after that.

Joe Sayers beat Mark Aliscio (six saves) to cut it to one, but Friedman took out insurance with 11:40 remaining.

"We persist through anything," Friedman said. "We’ve had some tough results here. We just wanted it more today."

Luca Giannola and Francesco Pavano scored for Chaminade in the first half. But Algieri, set up by Friedman, countered each time. James Cooney's header 10 seconds after halftime provided Chaminade with a 3-2 edge.

"I’m just proud how we responded after giving up that goal early in the second half," said Justin Alves, who moved from center back and filled in well as a center defensive midfielder after captain Zach Beach suffered a foot injury in the first half. "We could’ve folded."

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