Boys Soccer Team Loses PSAL Championship by One Goal


Alysa Grillo

For the first time since 2018, the Boys Varsity Soccer team earned their spot in the Soccer 2022 AA Bracket PSAL Championship game.


After securing their spot as number one in the Staten Island AA League, they advanced to the playoffs. Because Curtis was the seated second in the city, they played their first three playoff rounds at home. They defeated John Dewey and James Madison with clean sheets, along with John Jay and Fort Hamilton. They were able to do so without a full team as one of their top-scorers was out on a red card and others were out due to injuries. 


Though the team did not get the result they wanted at the finals, they put up a good fight against the reigning champions, Martin Luther King High School. The boys came into the game as the underdogs but it became evident that the teams were equally matched. For the entire first half, the game was very close; it remained scoreless until the 63rd minute due to a goal that followed an unsuccessful clearance. Though sophomore goalie Milton Pingarron was unable to stop that goal, he was a pivotal member of the defense. In total, he accumulated 14 saves throughout the playoff season and only allowed 2 goals over 5 playoff games. 


“This is my second time at the finals. I thought my boys were very well-prepared for the game; it could have gone either way. I have such a young and strong team and expect to be back there next year,” Coach Turner added. 


Individuals on the team had many notable achievements during their season. Seniors Ryan Friar and Kelvin Yengbie were selected for the Senior-Select All Star match and Coach Turner was selected to be one of the coaches of the match.