Boys Soccer: Seventh-ranked Cathedral breaks late tie to edge Little Falls

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The Flyers react after sophomore Thomas Bell knotted the game at 1-1 midway through the second half of Tuesday’s match against seventh-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral.

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The Little Falls defense and an excellent effort in net by senior goalkeeper Gabe Ploof held unbeaten and seventh-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral in check for most of Tuesday’s match.

But the visiting Crusaders capitalized on a handball in the box late in the first half and an odd-man rush in the second to pull out a 2-1 win.

St. Cloud Cathedral junior Andres Almarza, left, has a header from Little Falls junior Tim Infinger deflected off of him in Tuesday’s match. 

The Flyers battled the frigid, windy conditions and a stingy Crusaders’ defense to get several opportunities deep in the zone coming out of the half.

After a near-miss off the post minutes earlier by senior Taylor Kottschade, senior Greg Ross chipped the ball to sophomore Thomas Bell near the front of the box in the 57th minute, with Bell turning and firing a shot off the left post and into the net to even the score.

Little Falls senior Kyle Gapinski sends the ball downfield during the first half of Tuesday’s home match against seventh-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral.

However, Cathedral would take advantage of a run past the Flyers’ defense to score and take the lead with 13:29 remaining, then hang on to win the regular season finale.

Ploof finished with 17 saves in the match.