Day 2 of the NXT LVL Invitational featured several marquee matchups, including a meeting between state-ranked Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) and FAB 50 Top 10-ranked Pingry School (N.J.), a NEPSAC clash between Bridgton (Maine) and St. Andrew’s (R.I.).
Here are the match summaries:
Bridgton (Maine) 3, St. Andrew’s (R.I.) 2: In perhaps the most dramatic finish of the night, Bridgton scored twice in the final five minutes to snatch a NEPSAC victory in front of a boisterous crowd. Nate Needle scored on an assist from Muntasir Ahmad in the final minute, breaking a 2-2 tie and handing Bridgton the league victory. Bridgton coach Jim Hopkins said it was best come-from-behind victory he’s ever been part of as the team extended its win streak to five matches. Bridgton is a post-grad program that every year fields a completely new team. Hopkins said this group is finding jelling after meeting for the first time 31 days earlier. Early in the match, it was all St. Andrew’s. The Rhode Island school took a 2-0 lead early as Italian Allesandro Lancia scored twice. Ornel Djomo got Bridgton back into the match with a goal. As the tide turned and Bridgton started dominating play and earning corners and chances, Craddock Bridge evened the match with a rebound, setting up Needle’s last-minute heroics.
Pingry School (N.J.) 5, Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) 2: Tufts commitscored twice and assisted on all three other goals as Pingry rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a decisive win. Belmont commit and staked Moeller to a 2-0 first-half lead. Danny Ittycheria scored the first of his two goals to pull Pingry within 2-1 at halftime. The New Jersey power rolled off four unanswered goals in the second half. Yanez tied it with a free kick score. Ittycheria’s second goal was a left-football blast from distance gave Pingry the lead at 3-2. Yanez netted another goal by chipping the keeper, and Sebby Sampedro capped the scoring.
Northwood School (N.Y.) 2, Phillips Exeter (N.H.) 0: Calem Tommy, from South Africa, scored in the opening minute and Connor DeAngelis added a goal a short time later as Northwood took a comfortable win over Phillips Exeter.
High Mowing (N.H.) 2, Pathfinder Academy (N.Y.) 1: Paolo Roditti converted a penalty kick and Tremaine Henry broke the tie as High Mowing rallied for a victory. Pathfinder took the lead in the first half with a penalty kick goal before High Mowing responded.
Erie Cathedral Prep (Pa.) 2, Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) 0: Reece Johnson converted a penalty kick and Noah Handzel added the clincher as Cathedral Prep completed a 2-0 varsity showing at the event. Keeper Ethan Baker had a pair of shutouts.
Hoosac School (N.Y.) 4, Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) 1: Javier Moscardo scored twice and Jose Corporan and Victor Reis added goals as Hoosac won a closer-than-it-appeared contest with Western Reserve. Kelly Janssen scored for Western Reserve. Western Reserve keeper Matias Eyzagyuirre saved a pair of penalty kick attempts.
Good Counsel (Md.) 1, Immaculate Heart (N.Y.) 0: Jordy Profeta scored a second-half goal as Good Counsel edged Immaculate Heart Central.
Hill School (Pa.) 3, St. Paul’s School (N.H.) 0: Kenny Palmieri, Jason Zhou, and Jalen Grant scored as Hill School won for the first time this season.
Bridgton Academy (Maine) 2, Woodstock Academy (Conn.) 1: Carmine Dipietrantion and Nate Needle scored as Bridgton defeated Woodstock in a game where mostly reserves played. Brain Manon scored for Woodstock.
Holderness (N.H.) 4, Pathfinder Academy-2 (N.Y.) 0: Blake Norris, Declan Rhatigan, Mack Pattee, and Trey Jones scored as Holderness rolled to a victory.
Northwood School-2 (N.Y.) 1, Kimball Union Academy (N.H.) 0: Sachiel Ming scored in the second half as Northwood’s younger team edged Kimball Union Academy.
Hoosac won a scrimmage match over Cathedral Prep, 5-0.