Brophy took on the Chandler Wolves in the Div I Semifinal last Thursday evening at Campo Verde HS. Just 90 seconds into the match the Broncos found themselves 1-0 down after Chandler was awarded a penalty kick. Chandler forward Don Tchilao converted the kick from the spot. Midway through the half Chandler again found the back of the net, after a series of mistakes led to an opportunity on goal from close range. With the score 2-0 in Chandler’s favor, Brophy needed some heroics to get back into the game. Just before the half, Brophy answered when Senior midfielder Michael Peay soared highest on a corner. His head found the far corner of the goal, and gave Brophy momentum for the rest of the half.
After the break, both teams continued to play some exciting soccer. Brophy pushed to find an equalizer, and their efforts were finally rewarded when Senior midfielder Rus Bigege closed down a Wolves defender, winning the ball, and then playing through to Freshman forward Carter Clemmensen. Clemmensen beat the goalkeeper and slotted home to put parity back into the game. It was the goal that Brophy needed, and perhaps one that could push the momentum of the game in their favor.
Unfortunately, Chandler had other ideas, and just a minute later a long switching ball was met by a Wolves midfielder who drilled a well placed shot to the Broncos far post. It was out of reach of Senior goalkeeper Ben Liu, and certainly deflated the high energy the Broncos had just a minute earlier.
With the score at 3-2, Brophy again pressed to find an equalizer, but it was not to be. Chandler played well defensively and stifled the Bronco offense. A tough loss for the Broncos, but a well played game, against the eventual state champions, Chandler. Final score, Brophy 2, Chandler 3. Match highlights can be found below.
Brophy Soccer would like to thank all tour fans, parents, and players for a great season! Additional thanks to all our seniors: Christian Bohn, Bret Schumacher, Eddie Wintergalen, Matt Halden, Erik Gonzalez, Michael Peay, Luke Schwarzkopf, Fergus Shanks, Javi Bernaldo, Omar Herrera Luna, Rus Bigege, Gus Hernandez, Trent Jones, Harry Smidt, Ben Liu, and Charlie Kamps.
We will try and do it all over again next November, but look for continued updates about Brophy Soccer here or on Facebook.
Brophy is back in the semifinals of state and will face a formidable foe in the Chandler Wolves. Chandler has only dropped one game this season, to Gilbert, and fought Hamilton to a 2-2 draw. The Wolves have scored 70 goals this season, with 22 of them coming from Oregon State commit Don Tchilao. Chandler first defeated Ironwood, then Barry Goldwater to get to the semifinal game.
In contrast, the Broncos have scored just 54 goals this season, although 14 different players have found the back of the net this season for Brophy. The Broncos shut out both Liberty and Sunnyslope to earn their place in the semifinal.
The game promises to be an exciting affair, with a chance to play in the state final on the line. Please come and cheer on your Broncos as they try and defend their state title. Kickoff for today’s match is 5pm at Campo Verde HS. If you plan on going, you should probably start driving now.
It was a warm Saturday afternoon at the BSC as the Brophy Broncos hosted the Sunnyslope Vikings in a quarterfinal matchup of the state soccer tournament. Both teams vied for supremacy in the first half, with each side having chances on goal. Yet, the deadlock could not be broken before the interval.
After the half, Brophy looked the more likely to score. From the opening kickoff Michael Peay played an early ball across goal that was snagged up by the Vikings goalkeeper. It showed early intent from the Broncos, who continued to force proceedings through the Sunnyslope half. Brophy’s perseverance finally paid off, as Senior Captain Bret Schumacher scored the opening goal of the match halfway through the second half. It was a nice move by the Broncos down the sideline, starting with Senior midfielder Michael Peay. Peay played into the feet of Senior forward Eddie Wintergalen, who despite being kicked, alluded his defender and stroked a cross to the far post where it was met by Schumacher. His one time volley gave the goalkeeper no time to get back across the goal.
The Vikings pressed, and did create some opportunities for themselves. Notably a free kick from their striker Sebastian Arellano. The deflected effort could have gone anywhere, but fortunately did not find its way into the net.
The game was all but over when Eddie Wintergalen got onto the end of a corner kick from Michael Peay. Wintergalen’s glancing header found the far post to give Brophy a comfortable 2-0 lead. The Broncos closed out the game, and will now face Chandler in the semifinals of state this Thursday at Campo Verde High School. Kickoff is 5pm.
Please come out and support your Broncos!!
Video highlights below.
On Saturday, Feb 7th, the Broncos will host the Sunnyslope Vikings. The Vikings have had been playing well all year, ending the regular season at 8-3-1, their only losses coming to #1 ranked Alhambra, #2 ranked North, and #8 ranked Tolleson. Slope is led by goalscorers Sebastian Arellano and Tucker Fenton, with 21 and 16 goals respectively. Goal scoring has not been an issue for the Vikings, who have found the back of the net 73 times this season.
The Brophy defense will have to be on its game again in order to stop the Viking offensive threat. Yet, Brophy will have been happy with its 3 goal effort on Wednesday night as they defeated Liberty. While leading goal scorers Fergus Shanks and Carter Clemmensen did not find the back of the net that night, goals came from 3 different players, Bret Schumacher, Rus Bigege, and Eddie Wintergalen. Brophy will need this flexibility in scoring to help them move deep into the tournament.
Kickoff for tomorrow is 2pm at the Brophy Sports Complex. The weather is expected to be warm, so put on your sunscreen and come cheer on your Bronco Futbolistas to victory!
Brophy moves on to the second round of the state playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Liberty Lions. The Broncos looked to contain the Lions leading scorer, Geves Fagan, in an attempt to stifle the Liberty offense. Yet, the best defense is sometimes good offense, and Brophy began the game quickly and with intent, scoring just 30 seconds into the match. A determined Fergus Shanks broke free into the box and rifled a low ball across the goal. Senior Captain Bret Schumacher was on hand at the back stick to put in the opening goal of the game.
Schumacher acted as provider for Brophy’s second goal. The midfielder crossed into the box, finding Freshman Carter Clemmensen on the far side. Clemmensen laid the ball back for an onrushing Rus Bigege who slammed the ball home from close range.
Brophy’s third goal came from a cross by Senior midfielder Michael Peay. Looking to play early into the area, Peay spotted Senior forward Eddie Wintergalen drifting away from his defender. Peay’s long ball still gave Wintergalen a lot to do, but the forward’s finish was precise, and ultimately the dagger that ended the game.
All 3 goals came in the first half, and while the Broncos were unable to find the back of the net in the second half, they game was always under their control. A special defensive effort came from Senior defenders Luke Schwarzkopf and Trent Jones, who were tasked with keeping the Lions leading scorer, Fagan, under control. Fagan was only allowed one shot on target, a deflected effort, pushed just wide of the post by Senior goalkeeper Ben Liu.
Brophy will host Sunnyslope in the second round of the state tournament. The match will take place this Saturday, 2pm at the BSC. See you there! Postgame highlights below.
Brophy enters the postseason ranked 3rd in the state, with a league record of 10-0-2. That means they will face off against the #14 seed Liberty Lions (10-3) in the state tournament. The Lions have enjoyed great success this season, with their 3 losses coming from top teams in the state, Alhambra (ranked #1), Sandra Day OConnor (ranked #9), and Ironwood (ranked #10). Their leading scorer, Gerves Fagan, has 28 goals on the season, and leads the Lions in points.
Brophy enters the contest, which will be played wednesday Feb 4th at 7pm at the Brophy Sports Complex, with nearly the full squad available for duty tomorrow. Some lingering illnesses to Sophomore midfielder Luke Mason and Senior defender Erik Gonzalez will be assessed tomorrow.
It is an intriguing opening match for Brophy and should offer some exciting soccer on both ends of the field. Come and support your Broncos as they look to defend their state title.
Additionally, there will be a 5pm match at the BSC between Notre Dame Prep and Salpointe, which also should provide a great game.
Brophy defeats Desert Mountain 8-1, Jan 27th 2015.
The Broncos finished out their regular season with back to back 8-1 wins. They beat Desert Mountain in their final game and had 7 different goal scorers. Among them were Senior Erik Gonzalez, Senior Rus Bigege, Senior Fergus Shanks, Freshman Carter Clemmensen, Sophomore Karl Bercy, and Freshman Connor McCabe. Senior Michael Peay had a brace on the evening.
Brophy held a comfortable 2-0 lead at the half, but after the interval they unleashed 5 goals in the opening 15 minutes of the half to put the game completely out of reach. Desert Mountain continued to play determined soccer, and got a consolation goal with a nice chip over goalkeeper Michael Duffy.
Brophy honored 16 seniors before the game, one of the largest senior groups the team has had in recent years. The Broncos will enter the playoffs with a record of 13-2-4, and 8-0-1 in our section. The first round of the state tournament is Feb 4th, and you can find the bracket here.
Additionally, the JV squad continued to show their class by completing another undefeated season. Congrats to Coach Ian Munro and his team for a great season!
Video highlights from last night’s game below.
Brophy entered its last week of regular season games in a bit of a pinch. On the drive out to Westwood one of the team vans broke down on the 202. The team had to be rescued by Brophy staff with a replacement bus. A little late, but no worse for the incident, the Broncos took care of business on the field. Last year the Broncos managed a 7-0 win over the Warriors, but this year Westwood had muted improved results. In the early stages Senior Eddie Wintergalen chased down a ball into the box, getting to the ball before the Warrior’s goalkeeper, the senior touched the ball to the side, but a clumsy tackle from the goalkeeper brought down Wintergalen in the box and the Broncos were awarded a penalty. Senior Fergus Shanks stepped up and converted from the spot. Moments later, Shanks got his second when he latched onto a Michael Peay pass. Shanks dribbled the goalkeeper and calmly passed the ball into an open net.
In the second half the Warriors began strong, but Brophy accepted the pressure and defended confidently. Off of a quick counter attack Freshman Carter Clemmensen slipped past the last defender and beat the goalkeeper to again slot the ball into an open net. Next, Fergus Shanks completed his hat trick after another calm finish off a rebounded shot. It was Sophomore Karl Bercy who next got into the action. Freshman Ryan Garlick slashed into the box and fed a cross onto the foot of Bercy. Bercy made no mistake with his close range effort. Shanks became a provider after slotting a pass for Clemmensen to run through on goal. The freshman found the back of the net at the far post. It was Garlick’s turn to score next. After receiving a pass from Sophomore Luke Mason, the freshman cut into the box on the left side and smashed home a left foot shot high into the upper far corner. The scoring was capped off by Freshman Connor McCabe who was given penalty duty after fellow freshman Carter Clemmensen was brought down in the box. The Freshman stepped up and cooly finished.
It was a great effort by the Broncos, who have managed to score 21 goals in their last 4 games while only conceding 1.
Additionally, the JVs won big against the Warriors, and are on track for yet another undefeated season.
Video highlights below.
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