On Wednesday afternoon, Lasalle Community Comprehensive High School earned a crucial win, and a much-needed three points in the juvenile boys ‘3A’ division, when they downed John Rennie High School 5-3 at Riverside Park.
“This was pretty much a deal breaker for us, we needed this game to keep our season alive,” said LCCHS head coach Gianni Panzera. “The boys knew that, we knew that and I guess that’s why we came out in full force.”
Lasalle struck the back of the net twice on corner kicks late in the game to seal their victory. Paolo Sciotto, who had two goals in the second half, popped in the game winner off a perfect cross from midfield dynamo, Luca D’Adamo.
Minutes later, on another corner kick, Alessandro D’Ambrosi netted the insurance marker, making it 5-3. D’Ambrosi recovered a deflected shot from D’Adamo and hammered the ball into the bottom right corner passed John Rennie’s ‘keeper Ali Alvi.
“I really thought that we played to our full potential, honestly,” said Panzera. “I think that we’ve been losing some close games and our guys haven’t been giving it their all.”
John Rennie played a courageous game, considering the odds were stacked against them. Undefeated or not, Rennie came into the game with no bench players and had two of their star players sidelined with injuries.
After the game, head coach John O’Donnell expressed the difficulty that comes with strategizing for a short-manned game.
“We just kept positions and hoped for the best,” said O’Donnell. “When you don’t have subs you just hope the guys move themselves around during the game to balance things out, but 10 guys is 10 guys.”
In the second half, and facing a 3-2 deficit, John Rennie battled back. A great individual effort saw Shawn Higgins snap the ball passed Lasalle ‘keeper Adam Salahi. But LCCHS responded quickly to take the lead again, and O’Donnell says that was moment the fatigue set in.
“The guys are okay, they were pushing, but when they got ahead of us there it hurt the guys. You could see it, they were tired – they were exhausted,” said O’Donnell.
Next up, John Rennie faces a difficult Royal West Academy on October 2. LCCHS takes on Beaconsfield High School on October 15.