Knocking off a pair of Archdiocesan Athletic Association Small Division foes, the Borgia soccer Knights are sailing into the postseason with momentum.
Borgia (11-6, 3-5) knocked off Kennedy at home Tuesday, 4-1, and then won the AAA Showcase match at O’Fallon Christian Wednesday, 2-0.
The Knights are the top seed for the Class 2 District 9 Tournament and will open Monday in St. Clair against either St. Clair or Sullivan. That match starts at 5 p.m.
Borgia 4, Kennedy 1
While Zac Schweissguth netted a hat trick, Borgia Head Coach Grant Kang called Tuesday’s match a costly victory as the team lost Drew Piontek for the season with a broken collarbone late in the game.
Piontek was injured about the same moment the ball rolled into the goal.
Kang said Kennedy was pushing for goals and had the goalkeeper up to the center of the field on a corner kick.
“We were able to clear the ball and Ethan Ottens collected the ball near the center line,” Kang said. “Ethan was able to play the ball forward, just before the Kennedy goalkeeper wiped him out from behind. Drew Piontek was alone and got to the end of Ethan’s pass. Drew took a very accurate shot from about 35 yards out, just before another Kennedy defender wiped him out from behind. The ball rolled into the net as Drew was rolling on the ground from the hit.”
The Knights opened scoring in the first half on a goal by Zac Schweissguth.
“In the first half, Ryan Jones got free on the right side and managed to send a slanted pass along the six-yard box line,” said Kang. “Ben Kang unselfishly faked a receive, and let the ball pass by to allow Zac Schweissguth to take an unchallenged shot. Zac put the ball into the back of the net for our first goal.”
Schweissguth scored the second goal with Jack Hellebusch assisting. Kennedy scored to make it 2-1 at the intermission.
But the game got much rougher than in the second half. Kennedy was disciplined, including a red card for language.
Adam Meyer was knocked down in the box and Schweissguth stepped up to convert the chance.
“Whenever we had possession, the Kennedy players were very aggressive in playing from behind,” Kang said. “We kept possession under the advantage rule about as much as we kept possession without invoking the advantage rule.”
Kang said the Knights had 55 percent possession in the first half and 61 percent possession in the second half.
Joe Scheuler made 12 saves in goal for Borgia.
Borgia 2, Christian 0
Playing Wednesday in the AAA Showcase, the Knights concluded the regular season with a 2-0 victory. It was a fast start and a strong end for the Knights, who scored in the first and 80th minutes.
It took just 15 seconds for the Knights to jump on top as Meyer scored.
Kang reported Meyer blasted a loose ball into the net.
Borgia led 1-0 until the final five seconds of the game. Calvin Korba scored in the same fashion as Meyer’s goal to make the final 2-0.
“In between, we largely controlled the possession of the game,” Kang said. “However, we struggled to complete the last attacking pass. We were challenged by the narrowest grass field that we have experienced this season. The chopped field surface running down the middle of the joint-use football field also affected our ability to control the ball.”
Scheuler played one half and made three saves. Alex Piontek made three saves in the second half.
Kang reported everyone played in the game.