A pair of goals from Sam Bello led Sacred Heart soccer to its 10th straight Kaysinger Conference Tournament Title Saturday night.

Playing conference rivals Green Ridge for the third time in four years, Sacred Heart withstood an incredible effort from the Tigers. The SH defense of Rollings, Martin, Walker, Ulbrich, and GK Easton Webb continued their improved play as a defensive unit.

While the tigers continually threatened, the SH defense turned each opportunity away. Then in the 23rd minute, Alex Viscarra played a beautiful ball through the Tiger defense and Sam Bello buried the ball in the back of the neck.

The Gremlins looked like they would take a goal advantage into half time, but a communication breakdown on a slow roller through the back allowed a Tiger player to run into the ball and score into the right corner of the net.

The second half continued to be a back and forth affair, but senior Francisco Rojas was not going to be denied. Continually playing the entire length of the field, Rojas controlled the game offensively and defensively.

With six minutes left in the game, Rojas stole a ball in the middle of the field and played a perfect ball through Tiger defense to Sam Bello who slammed home the deciding goal.

The Gremlin defense withstood a furious Tiger rally for the last few remaining minute to bring home the Championship.

Sacred Heart (9-8) return to regular season play Wednesday at Helias Catholic.


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