The Manual Boy’s Soccer team defeated St. Francis in penalty kicks to win the district championships on October 10, 2012. The game was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation time so the teams went into penalty kicks. Manual got the edge, winning 4-3 in penalty kicks.
The crimsons pulled out the win with the help of a controversial call made during Patrick Frentz’s (12) penalty kick. Frentz’s first kick was blocked by the St. Francis goalie; however, the goalie broke the rules by moving before the ball was struck. This decision granted Frentz a second kick, which he made to put the crimsons up by one goal. “The goalie got cocky when he blocked my first shot, so I made sure my second shot made it to the back of the net,” said Frentz.
Along with receiving the district championship trophy, three Manual players were awarded with medals for being on the all-district tournament team. Conner Shea (11), Gregory Healey (11), and Andrew Hagan (9) were all awarded medals. “I wasn’t expecting it at first, but making all-district as a freshman gave me a lot of confidence,” said Hagan.
With this victory over St. Francis, Manual will qualify for the regional tournament. They will have to win their three games at regionals in order to advance to the state tournament.