Jesuit junior Christopher Pitre just wanted to give his team a scoring chance as he stood over a free kick near midfield on Saturday afternoon against Brother Martin.
It turned out Pitre did much more than that; he gave Jesuit the victory.
Pitre’s free kick found the back of the net as the Blue Jays survived a hard-fought District 6-I battle for a 2-1 win at E.A. Farley Field.
“I was at about midfield, so I thought I would just put a ball in the box and give us a chance,” Pitre said. “Players got up for it, and it went in the back of the net. It just feels great. It was definitely a good win for us.”
After a scoreless first half that was affected by a stiff north wind, the action picked up in the second half as both teams missed on chances in the opening 10 minutes. Jesuit senior Chase Rushing came through in the 56th minute as he blasted home a 25-yard free kick for a 1-0 lead.
“It think we were a little bit anxious in the first half because it was a pretty big game for us,” Rushing said. “At halftime, coach just told just to settle down and play our game, and I think we came out in the second half and showed what we can do.
“We hadn’t had that many chances in the game, and we hadn’t tested the keeper that much to that point. I thought that taking a good opportunity on goal would be nice, so I tried it, and it worked out well for us.”
Less than a minute later Brother Martin (12-4-2, 9-3) answered as Blake Robbins dribbled into the box and tied the match up.
Jesuit (20-3-1, 11-0-1) responded in the 71st minute as Pitre’s free kick sailed into the box and past Brother Martin’s keeper, who seemed to mistime his jump, for the match-winning goal.
With the victory, the Blue Jays remain undefeated in district play with two matches left.
“It’s always difficult to come play Brother Martin at this venue,” Jesuit coach Hubie Collins said. “They are always up for the game here. They made it a tough hard fought challenge. All and all, I thought our style of play edged it today, and I thought that we deserved it.”
Brother Martin coach Stephen McAnespie said despite the tough loss, his team improved its play.
“This game against them is generally a battle,” McAnespie said. “It really could have gone either way. This game usually comes down to a mistake or an outstanding play, and that was the case today. We have some quality on this team, and those guys stepped up today. It’s a tough loss, but we take a lot of positives from today.”