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Boys Soccer: Vincentian celebrates a year marked by program 'firsts'

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian boys soccer team.

"The disappointment of a season-ending loss had little time to set in before Vincentian Academy boys soccer Mike Haberman could look back and appreciate the season put together by his team.

"The second they blew the whistle, I started to think it was just an outstanding season," Haberman said.

It was a season of success and many program firsts.

The Royals won a school-record 19 games. They captured a section title with an unbeaten and untied record, another program first. They reached the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA playoffs. In the program's first PIAA tournament, it won its first PIAA game, a 1-0 shutout against Karns City. That was the team's 17th shutout, another school record."

 

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Boys Soccer: Vincentian relishes breakthrough season

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Vincentian Academy was on the cusp of both the WPIAL finals and PIAA semifinals, but both times the Royals fell just short. Nevertheless, head coach Mike Haberman can look back and appreciate all his team accomplished and what it means for the program growing forward.

"The second they blew the whistle I started to think it was just an outstanding season," Haberman said about a 2-1 PIAA quarterfinal loss to Sewickley Academy. "I told the boys after the game, we have nothing to be upset about. We did a lot of things this year no one thought we could do. We had a magical season. There is a whole laundry list of school records."

The Royals won a school-record 19 games. They captured a section title unbeaten and untied, another program first. They reached the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA playoffs. In the program's first ever PIAA tournament, it won its first PIAA game, a 1-0 shutout win against Karns City. That was the team's 17th shutout, another record. All the wins and records came despite starting six new starters this year. The team lost four all-section players from last year.

"We had to replace them and we replaced them, the boys stepped up," Haberman said.

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Boys Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Troy McChesney

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Name: Troy McChesney
High School: Vincentian Academy
Grade: 10
Sport: Soccer
Position: Defender

Background: Vincentian sophomore Troy McChesney had the biggest shoes to fill on his team this year. He had to take over for all-WPIAL central defender Rege Kearney, who graduated. McChesney moved into the center of the defense and the Royals never skipped a beat. He helped lead them to the playoffs.

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Boys Soccer: Vincentian enjoys section title

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian boys soccer team.

"The bar was set extremely high in Mike Haberman's first season as head coach of the Vincentian boys soccer team last year.

The Royals went unbeaten in 10 section games while only conceding one goal.

Matching that, let alone trying to surpass it, would be difficult this year with seven new starters including two freshmen defenders and a new goalkeeper.

Defensively the team matched the 2013 performance of only conceding one goal in 10 section games and as a team they improved on the 9-0-1 record from a year ago by finishing section play 10-0."

 

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Boys Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Alex Catozella

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Name: Alex Catozella
High School: Vincentian
Grade: 11
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background Info: Vincentian junior goalkeeper Alex Catozella sustained a back injury that almost forced him to miss the season. Catozella was unable to play in net this season because of his back but with his ball skills and talent, coach Mike Haberman sought other opportunities for his junior.