With the season over, I wanted to write a quick post letting each of you know that I am leaving Brophy at the end of school year and will no longer be the Varsity Soccer Head Coach. It has been a privilege to coach for this great program for 12 years, to meet so many amazing student athletes and their families, and to be a part of the Brophy community.
As of yet, a replacement has not been chosen, but I will update this site when a selection is announced.
Thanks to all of you for your support of Brophy Soccer, it has been an honor to lead the team onto the field.
Coach Noah Lewkowitz
A difficult loss for the program last night, as the #1 seeded Broncos fell in a shootout to the #16 seeded Desert Vista Thunder.
The evening started bright for Brophy, taking just a few minutes to find the opening goal of the match. Junior defender Brandon Theodorou tore down the left side of the field and delivered a slicing ball across the face of the goal. The cross was met by onrushing Senior midfielder Matt Sutherland who slammed the ball into the back of the net to give Brophy the lead and the momentum early on in the contest. The Broncos continued to press throughout the first half to improve their advantage, but could not convert their numerous chances.
Too their credit, Desert Vista played resolute defense, sitting back and looking to counter. Midway through the second half, however, Brophy’s failure to deal with an incoming Thunder cross allowed the visitors back into the match. With the game at 1-1, Brophy pushed forward to find a winner. Yet, wave after wave of Bronco attack could not penetrate the Thunder goal.
It would go into overtime, where still Brophy enjoyed nearly all possession, however, they failed to convert quality chances into goals. Credit to the Thunder goalkeeper who had to be on his toes all evening to keep Brophy out of the back of the visitor’s net.
With the game even at 1-1 at the end of overtime, it would take spot kicks to decide the match. Even from the spot, Brophy came up short, allowing Desert Vista to take the spoils and move on to the second round.
It meant the end of the road for Brophy this season, and it was certainly a difficult loss for the boys. We thank our senior class: Wyatt Dial, Matt Sutherland, Garret Anson, Michael Duffy, Ethan Shacknai, Eric Stelzer, and Nick Briguglio for their contributions to the program. Each of you will be missed.
Brophy were on the road for their last regular season match at Liberty HS. The Broncos were looking to end the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record, however, the Lions had other ideas as they celebrated Senior Night in northwest Phoenix.
It was a poor opening half for both sides, as neither were able to create any real chances on net. In fact, it was Liberty who played with more resolve during the last 10 minutes before the break. Yet, even with their constant pressure in the Bronco backfield, the score remained even at zero going into the half.
Brophy began the second interval looking more promising. Still, it would take nearly 20 minutes before a melee in the box found its way to senior Garret Anson. Anson was able to poke home from close range to give Brophy a 1-0 lead and a sigh of relief.
The lead did not last long, however, as Liberty fought their way back and took advantage of some sloppy play at the back. The goal energized the home side, but still Brophy looked the more likely to score. Great chances fell to Carter Clemmensen and Sam Fletcher to get the go ahead goal, but like a lot of play this evening, efforts were just a bit off.
The game would go into overtime, but neither team could find a way through and a deadlock remained even after an additional 20 minutes. Final score, Brophy 1, Liberty 1.
The state playoffs begin on Wednesday Feb 3 at 7pm at the BSC. Opponents will be chosen Friday Jan 29th.
It was #1 v #2 last night at the BSC for Senior Night, as top ranked Brophy hosted Pinnacle in a juicy late regular season matchup. Both teams entered the match undefeated in the regular season, so this was sure to be a treat for the fans.
It was a disastrous opening for Brophy, as they gave up an early penalty, which was converted by Pinnacle to give them an easy 1-0 lead having played just a few minutes. The Broncos would once again have to come from behind if they wanted to get back into this game, but they would have to be patient and wait for their opportunities. While Brophy pressed in the first half, the closest they came to goal was a Wyatt Dial shot from range that just passed the wrong side of the far post, and a Carter Clemmensen header that hit the upright.
The second half was more of the same for Brophy, who possessed the ball for long spells, but were unable to find a way behind the Pinnacle defense. Yet, with 20 minutes to go, a Wyatt Dial cross was met by Carter Clemmensen to get Brophy back in the game. The cross was well placed, but the finish could not have been better. It was a magical strike for the sophomore, and just what Brophy needed to get back into the game. It was also a confidence booster for the young striker, who had earlier missed a penalty.
Clemmensen then put Brophy ahead, being played through on the right side by Sam Fletcher, the forward was able to sneak the ball through the near post giving Brophy a 2-1 advantage.
Yet, as has been common this year, there would be late drama. Pinnacle would earn back a goal after a miscommunication in the Bronco back line allowed their forward to head home and even the scoreline again. From the restart Brophy moved down the field, and within 20 seconds, Clemmensen had his hat trick and Brophy again had the lead. Clemmensen collected the ball some 20 yards from goal and let loose a shot that the Pinnacle goalkeeper was unable to keep out of the net.
With 7 minutes left to play, Brophy’s defense held strong to finish out the match, and remain unbeaten.
Final score, Brophy 3, Pinnacle 2.
It was back to back Friday dramas for the Broncos as they needed another overtime goal to settle affairs at Sandra Day O’Connor. Last week it was an epic Friday match against Ironwood that took Brophy the full 100 minutes of play to find a winner.
Sandra Day was in the State Championship game last year, being edged out by eventual champions Chandler. This season their form has dropped, but they are still a strong side with good coaching. Brophy found a way through early on in the match, as sophomore Sam Fletcher was left unattended at the far post on a Bronco corner. The midfielder headed home from close range, and it felt like smooth sailing ahead for Brophy. With that early goal Brophy let off the throttle and allowed SDO back into the game.
SDO kept up pressure on Brophy’s back four, and eventually it paid dividends. A failed clearance from the Bronco defense landed in front of an SDO forward. The forward cleverly looped a ball to the far post, up and over goalkeeper Nick Briguglio. With parity restored, both teams had all to play for in the second half.
The second half was much better from Brophy, with long spans of possession, while SDO sat back and looked for counter attacking opportunities. Brophy was able to create several good chances which they failed to convert, most notably for sophomores Ryan Garlick and Carter Clemmensen. With neither team finding a way through in the second half, Brophy returned to overtime for the second time in 4 games.
As in the second half, Brophy looked the likeliest to take the advantage but after the opening 10 minutes, were still left frustrated after being unable to get behind the SDO defense. In the second overtime period, Brophy finally found a breakthrough. Sophomore Rory Cunningham was played through on the right side and forced his defender into giving Brophy a throw-in deep into SDO territory. The long throw bounced around in the box, with Sam Fletcher first taking aim, his shot parried by the goalkeeper with the deflection falling to Carter Clemmensen who tapped home from close range.
It was another nail biting finish for Brophy, who seem to have a knack for pulling out late overtime victories. Final score, Brophy 2, Sandra Day 1.
Brophy is back in action Tuesday at home against Pinnacle. It’s Senior Night, so please come and support your Broncos!
Brophy began this weeks action at home against the Tolleson Wolverines. Last season when these two teams met, Brophy stole the game with a dramatic late winner with only 8 seconds left on the clock. Fortunately for the Broncos, there would be no last second heroics necessary this time around.
There was cause for concern early on, however, as Brophy went down 1-0 midway through the first half. A long ball over the Bronco defense allowed a Tolleson forward to run on and strike home easily. The Broncos remained calm, and were able to restore parity just a few minutes later. A nice pass from sophomore Sam Fletcher fed fellow sophomore Carter Clemmensen onto goal. The forward finished neatly from the left side of goal to the far post. Clemmensen then claimed his second just before halftime with a violent strike from 30 yards out to give Brophy a 2-1 advantage at the break.
It took just 20 seconds into the second half for Brophy to get its 3rd of the night. Applying high pressure from the kickoff, senior Matt Sutherland raced into the box and crossed for an onrushing Fletcher. Fletcher’s one time effort found the back of the net and in all likelihood sealed the victory for the Broncos.
Brophy was not done, however, and it was Matt Sutherland again who supplied another cross into the middle of the box for Clemmensen this time. The ball still left Clemmensen with a lot to do, but the forward provided a fine acrobatic effort to get his 3rd of the match.
Junior Rafa Montes made an impact late in the game, beginning with an unselfish assist for Fletcher to get his second of the match and Brophy’s 5th. Montes then looked to get his own goal in the closing minutes, but after latching onto a pass in the box, he was brought down by the Tolleson goalkeeper. Fellow junior Michael Ruta stepped up to the spot and confidently guided home his first goal of the campaign.
Final score, Brophy 6, Tolleson 1.
Brophy return to action on Friday at Sandra Day O’Connor.
Brophy had a difficult away match against the Ironwood Eagles on Friday night. The last time the two teams met was 2 years ago in the state quarterfinal, which Brophy came out victorious 3-0. This time, Brophy would again score 3 goals, but not without a lot of drama.
Brophy found themselves down a goal midway through the first half. A defensive error allowed an Ironwood striker to sneak behind the Bronco defense and easily slot home the game’s opener. Throughout the first half, Brophy never looked quite as eager as Ironwood and created relatively few chances for themselves.
After the interval, things did not improve for Brophy. Ironwood kept up its intense pressure, and with only 10 minutes gone in the second half, they got their second goal of the match. The goal came from a free kick, which was well placed up and over the wall and into the far corner. Now, down by two, Brophy was forced to push. The severity of the situation seemed to inspire Brophy, and they slowly gained momentum, as a Carter Clemmensen header struck the upright signaling Brophy’s intention to get back into the game. Moments later, it was Clemmensen again who was fouled in the box and awarded a penalty. Clemmensen stepped up and calmly slotted home. Still needing another goal, Brophy’s offense surged forward to create chances. With 9 minutes to go in the regulation, it was again Carter Clemmensen who helped get the Broncos on the board. The sophomore released a venomous strike the slammed against the underside of the crossbar. The ricochet fell into the path of onrushing senior Wyatt Dial, who smashed home a header from close range to level the match.
The game went into overtime, but remained level at the first overtime period. In the second, however, again Carter Clemmensen found himself on the end of a ball just inside the Ironwood 18 yard box. He deftly chipped to the far post to give Brophy the lead with just seven minutes remaining. Ironwood sent everything they had at Brophy, but the defense was able to hold to give Brophy a hard earned road win.
Final Score, Brophy 3, Ironwood 2.
It was cold evening in Ahwatukee as the Broncos traveled to long time rivals Desert Vista Thunder. Brophy begins another 3 game week, after winning all 3 games last week (3-1 v Queen Creek, 10-0 v Boulder Creek, and 3-0 v Mesa). After a frustrating opening period, Brophy regained its composure and cruised to a 3-0 win.
The first half started brightly for the Broncos, with some quick passing leading to several opportunities on goal, however, Brophy’s targeting was just slightly off the mark. Good chances from Brandon Theodorou, Eric Stelzer, and Carter Clemmensen came and went, but Brophy was unable to find a way through. Midway through the first half, it seemed the breakthrough was finally on hand. Some crafty flicks allowed Carter Clemmensen to break free on goal. A quick touch to the right and the forward was all but past the Thunder goalkeeper for an easy tap in. It was not to be, as the goalkeeper wrapped up the forward’s legs, brining him down in the box. A penalty was awarded, and the Thunder goalkeeper paid for his professional foul with a red card. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the resulting penalty was saved, leaving the game still tied at 0-0. Neither team would find an edge in the opening 40 minutes.
With a man advantage for the rest of the game, Brophy entered the 2nd half with a focus on possession. Looking to draw out Desert Vista and use their numbers advantage, Brophy eased into possession and used their patience to wear down DV. The tactic worked, as Carter Clemmensen was played in on the far side of the field. His cross to the 6 yard box was met by an onrushing Rory Cunningham to give Brophy a 1-0 lead. Continuing to keep possession, Brophy attempted to tire out DV, and again their patience paid dividends when a DV defender played a lazy ball forward which was easily intercepted by Sophomore Sam Fletcher. Fletcher angled directly towards goal, and wound up slotting calmly from 12 yards out.
Brophy added a 3rd late on with a nice individual effort from Sophomore Carter Clemmensen. Clemmensen’s near post finish eliminated any chance of a Desert Vista comeback and signaled the end of formalities for the evening.
Final score, Brophy 3, Desert Vista 0.
Brophy is back in action Wednesday at Millennium, and then again on Friday at Ironwood.
With the Christmas Break behind us and school resuming this week, Brophy began its run to the State Tournament with 3 games in a row against Queen Creek, Mesa, and Boulder Creek. Last night Brophy traveled to the deep East Valley to take on the Bulldogs of Queen Creek.
It was a cool, moist evening, and the field showed signs of wear, as the soft turf made footing an issue for both sides. Brophy came out well, and had several early chances to take the lead, but struggled to find the back of the net. Queen Creek relied heavily on their #11 forward, whose pace up top was difficult to handle. However, it was a set piece that broke the deadlock midway through the first half, as a flick on towards the near post and a quick near post shot allowed Queen Creek to take the lead.
Parity was restored just a minute later as Senior midfielder Eric Stelzer arrived late to the far post to poke home from close range. Brophy continued to enjoy the majority of possession, and created numerous chances throughout the game.
Brophy’s second goal came midway through the second half, and was certainly their best of the match. Some nice linking play through the midfield allowed Senior Matt Sutherland to drift wide and receive a ball in space. A quick glance to the far post from the midfielder allowed him to pick out onrushing Sophomore Sam Tolson. Sutherland’s delivery was precise, and Tolson’s header towards the far post was clinical. The second goal eased the tension in the game, and allowed Brophy to relax and search for their 3rd goal. It came with 10 minutes left in the match, after a series of Brophy corner kicks. The last corner in this series led to a scrappy moment inside the box, and Senior midfielder Wyatt Dial was on hand to power home a strong finish, that even though the Bulldog’s goalkeeper was able to get a hand to it, could not keep it out of the net.
Final score, Brophy 3, Queen Creek 1.
It was a chilly night at the Brophy Sports Complex as the Broncos welcomed the Horizon Huskies for the second regular season match. Three first half goals from a trio of Bronco Sophomores lifted the Broncos over the Huskies. Sophomores Carter Clemmensen, Sam Tolson, and Sam Fletcher each provided a goal.
In the second half, Brophy was able to create a myriad of chances, but efforts from Rafa Montes, Matt Sutherland, and Garret Anson were unable to find the back of the net. Brophy does not play again until they return to California for the Oceanside SoCal Classic after Christmas. More details on that coming soon!
Video highlights from the match against Horizon are below. Full match video here.
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