Flyers win on senior day
Feb. 22, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.
Win or lose, Brian Gann was going to walk off the O'Connor Athletic Complex wearing a St. Joseph jersey for the final time.
On senior day, seven Flyers (3-11, 2-8) seniors sealed their soccer careers in a Flyer uniform and ended San Antonio Holy Cross' (3-7-2, 3-5-2) season in a 3-1 victory in TAPPS 2-3A play.
Though the Flyers' season was all but over - as they would not advance to the playoffs - they got to play the role of spoiler.
A win would have increased the Knights' chances for a playoff berth, and the Flyers knew that.
"It capped everything off," Gann, a senior, said. "It's indescribable."
Gann scored the goal to put the Flyers ahead in the second half. Senior Tom Followwill scored the first and third goals for St. Joseph.
"It feels good to end their season this way, because it was a pretty tough game last year," Followwill said. "We wanted to give it everything we had."
At the start of second half, the Flyers were 40 minutes away from losing their ninth district game. Three goals later, the Flyers had the advantage.
First-year Flyers coach Patrick Sullivan told the team to stay disciplined even after being down 1-0 at the start of the second half. He told the team to remain focused, an emphasis Sullivan has told the players throughout the season.
"We really told the seniors they have 40 minutes left in their high school career, and really, we said leave it on the field," Sullivan said. "We wanted to do this for the seniors who have been working hard for the last four years. It was a team effort."
After scoring his second goal of the afternoon, Followwill had to be helped off the field after catching a cramp. At the conclusion of the game, however, Followwill celebrated with his teammates.
"I'll remember that everybody on our team gave it everything they had," Followwill said. "This is the first game where everyone really gave it everything they had."
Lady Flyers win
The Lady Flyers concluded their season with a 2-0 victory against Holy Cross but not before losing a player to injury.
Jackie Gonzales was taken off the field after hitting her back against the goal post. She was transported by ambulance to Citizens Medical Center as a precautionary measure but was released later in the afternoon.