Boys’ soccer honors seniors in loss to Tigers

‘Cats can’t overcome lack of accuracy, focus on emotional night


Dean Stewart

Senior Ryan Robidoux dribbles the ball down the field.

On a night that was dedicated to the team’s five graduating seniors, Ryan Robidoux, James Murren, Danny Dolnik, David Almeida and manager Gage Giunta, the Wildcats’ boys’ soccer team failed to overcome Holy Trinity’s early onslaught, falling to the Tigers 3-1.

Jamieson Rushnell scored the team’s lone goal midway through the second half, yet the team attempted 12 shots on goal.

“We obviously need to work on our finishing, it wasn’t up to par,” said D0lnik, for whom fans brought signs with life-size pictures of him in ninth-grade. “They converted their chances way better than us, and that contributed to the defeat.”

The team’s senior ceremony took place at halftime, with the Wildcats were already trailing 2-0. Dolnik noted that the inconvenient timing of the ceremony weighed heavily on the team’s emotions.

“It was hard not to think about the ceremony during the first half, especially on such an emotional night,” he said. “In such a personal game, you can’t let that stuff get to you, and we did.”

For manager Gage Giunta, his swansong of regular season managing was a whirlwind of emotional highs and lows.

“It was an amazing experience that I’ve been looking forward to,” Giunta said. “I was definitely upset about the game, and the players anger with their performance rubbed off on me, which is a shame on a night that was supposed to be cheerful.”

The team will open the district playoffs next week.