Soccer team beats Baldwin in final minute


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Then junior Cal Walsh fights for the ball in the Hawks’ game vs. USC in the 2020 season.

Matthew Scabilloni, Staff Writer

The boys varsity soccer team (2-4) is hot off of a big win against Baldwin whom they beat 1-0 at home last Thursday, Sept. 23. 

We never gave up, and kept an aggressive attitude until the 80th minute of the game.”

— Caleb Thompson

During the game, senior captain Caleb Thompson went up for a header near the 20:00 mark to send the ball up to his teammates, but he landed awkwardly on the way down which caused him to bruise his ribs.

 “I thought at first I passed out, but I lay there for a minute before being able to even stand up,” Thompson said.  

 This accident did not keep Thompson out of the game; he quickly bounced back and was able to stay in the game.

“We were still tied 0-0 and I needed to help my team get the goal we needed to win the game. As a captain, I knew I had to be out on the field supporting my team until the end of the game,” he said.

Then with 1:00 left in the game, junior left midfielder Miles Jackson scored the game-clinching goal.  He was able to score the goal by bullying through the defenders and getting a clean volley off a cross from senior center midfielder Sean Eckert.

“We never gave up, and kept an aggressive attitude until the 80th minute of the game,” Thompson said.

Thompson does not want to just end their winning ways there. He wants this team to make the playoffs which they are only one game back from having a spot in the playoffs with seven games to go.  It would be Bethel Park’s first playoff appearance since the 2016-2017 season.

“[My] hopes are to be section champs,” he said.

They plan to continue their winning ways Tuesday night when they face off against Brashear at home at 6:30 p.m. In the first meeting between these teams, Bethel Park won 2-0. The team will also celebrate their 11 seniors: Caleb Thompson, Keelan Donovan, Calvin Walsh, Sean Eckert, Josh Narr, Nick Carbone, Grant Calhoun, Brendan Ridge, Alecko Fekos, Peyton Lancy, and Samir Turakhonov.