senior Jonathan Stallone was in the right place at the right time.
With 3:54 remaining in the second overtime of the CHSAA state championship game, Chaminade junior Terrance McGovern sent a deep cross to his teammate Stallone rushing towards the net.
"I looked up to my left and I saw Terrance streaking down the left side," Stallone said. "I just stuck my foot out and it went in."
With that quick flick of a foot, Stallone tallied the lone goal in a 1-0 double-overtime victory over St. Francis Prep (Flushing, NY) at Belson Stadium at St. John's University.
The goal gave Chaminade their fourth CHSAA state title since 2002 under head coach Mike Gallagher. The Flyers came into Saturday's game ranked seventh in the country by the NSCAA.
The Flyers and the Terriers played nearly 95 minutes of scoreless soccer and both teams had won close games to get to the championship. Chaminade (New Rochelle, NY) with late goals to advance to the finals. St. Francis beat Canisius of Buffalo, NY, 1-0, for the right to play on against Chaminade.
"I myself thought the game was going to penalty kicks," said McGovern, who was named captain of next year's Chaminade team before the Nassau-Suffolk title game. "We're both very good and evenly matched teams and we just caught a break today."
The first half was controlled by the Flyers, who were playing in Saint Francis' backyard. Chaminade tallied five shots on goal and commanded the pitch in the first half. The Terriers had zero scoring opportunities and registered only one shot on goal.
The Terriers applied more pressure in the second half and forced Chamindae to play at a faster pace. Still, the Flyers weren't able to capitalize on any scoring chances in regulation. In fact, the Terriers' Daniel Begonja came closest to scoring first (69th minute), but Chaminade goalie Richard Berotti was there to make one of his three saves on the day.
The close play continued in the two overtime periods. Saint Francis carried a lot of momentum from late in regulation into the first overtime and controlled the pace at some points.
Stallone's goal in the second overtime spared the Flyers a dicey round of penalty kicks.
"It was a battle and I think that fatigue was a factor on both sides. The way we've played the entire year, 0-0 for a long time has been kind of the norm," said Mike Gallagher, Chaminade's head coach since 1998. "To win it on a play like that was pretty special."1 2 OT 2OT F Chaminade 0 0 0 1 1 St. Francis Prep. 0 0 0 0 0