Brookline Shines At Olympia
NOVEMBER 6 - Brookline took two
teams to Olympia Park for the annual CitiParks B.I.G. League soccer
finals Saturday evening, hoping for a playoff sweep, and came home with
one champion and one runner-up. Both teams, however, put on championship
performances all season long.
The Brookline squads, members of
the Brookline Youth Soccer Association, each reached the title contests
with convincing semi-final victories. The PeeWee Reds ran wild over an
out-matched Northview Heights team, 4-0, with a pair of tallies by Alan
McClelland and insurance goals by Chris Lopatta and Larissa Pallone. The
elder group, Amedure Tire Service, or the Brookline Yellow Team,
advanced with a dominating performance against Sara Heinz, winning 6-0.
Kevin Undereiner's hat trick was complemented by Shawn Boyle, Joe Barley
and Scott Dallas, each with a goal apiece.
Saturday night's PeeWee Division
(ages 9-11) title matchup saw the regular season champion Red's lose a
nail-biter to a talented Old Allegheny squad, 4-2. The Sophomore Division
(ages 12-14) finale that followed featured Amedure Tire Service
overcoming a strong Olympia Soccer Club by the score of
In the opener, the Reds jumped
off to a quick 1-0 lead on a goal by Max Boyle. Goalie David Monz, who
had allowed only two goals in the previous ten outings, held back a
relentless Old Allegheny attack with some spectacular saves early on,
but the pressure was too much and OA's Jeff Ungerman snuck one past to
tie the match at 1-1. Jameson Hall answered with a goal of his own to
give Brookline a 2-1 edge at halftime.
The second half saw the Red
Machine sputter, then disengage completely. Old Allegheny came on with
goals by Ungerman, Josh Trocchio and Ben Blakeley, while goalie Nick Hopps
and a stingy defense held Brookline's potent offense in check. When it
was all over OA had pulled off a shocker over the #1 seed. It was a
disappointing loss for the Reds, but only one blemish on what amounted
to an excellent 10-1 season.
Brookline's coach John McGrath
had nothing but praise for his charges. "Sure, it was a heartbreaker. We
knew coming in that we were in for a tough one. Old Allegheny played a
great game, but our kids had a great season. Overall, we outscored our
opponents 55-6. You can't ask for much more. I'm very proud of each and
every one of them."
The second match of the evening
saw Brookline's Sophomore finalists, Amedure Tire Service (11-1 and
also the #1 seed), strike quickly with a goal by Luke Parker. Olympia
countered when Justin Geary beat goalie Adam Walkowiak to tie the score
at 1-1. The first half ended with the two teams even at one goal
The second half kept the fans on
the edge of their seats as both sides threatened but could not score.
Then, with five minutes remaining, Kevin Undereiner found the net,
putting Brookline ahead to stay. Olympia charged, but the defense held,
and when it was all over Brookline had a 2-1 victory and claim to the
Coach Emil Erhart and his team
wore ear-to-ear smiles. Asked for a post-game note of praise, he lauded
stand-out goalkeeper Walkowiak, undefeated during the regular season and
owner of eight shutouts. Emil then pointed to his "Secretary of Defense",
Erin McNulty, who along with her fellow defenders held back the hard
charging Olympians with deft precision.
The happy coach then conceded that
it was a total team triumph, with each player contributing in their own
The evening ended with all members
of the Brookline contingent taking home another soccer trophy for the
family den, some bigger than others but all reminders of a championship
season to be proud of.
Written by Clint Burton, November 7, 1999 *