What a way to end 2007! With a 2-1 win over the College of St. Anselm on Saturday, the cleated clergymen at the North American College are leading the standings in the Clericus Cup’s “A” round. (See previous posts here and here.)
A total of two victories out of two games played have garnered “the Nackers” 6 points — putting them far in the lead in their round of 8 teams.
The weekend game against the Benedictine college started off with the monks in the lead for the first half. But just a minute after the whistle opened the second period, the NAC’s freshman seminarian, Jeffrey Eirvin of Portland, Ore., headed the ball into the opponent’s net to tie the match.
But soon the clock was running out. An extra 4 minutes were added in injury time which gave the NAC its last chance to break the 1-1 tie. Another first-year seminarian at the NAC, David Nerbun of Charleston, S.C., found a gaping hole in the St. Anselm defense and scored with just a minute left to the game.
Rome’s seminarian soccer series is now on hold until after the holidays. The NAC’s next game will be Jan. 12 against the international college of Sedes Sapientiae.
But that doesn’t mean all the excitement is over ’til 2008. Representatives from all 16 teams will be seeing Pope Benedict at tomorrow’s general audience.
The players will be wearing their colorful team jerseys and will present the pope a copy of the league’s first coffee table book, “Clericus Cup: In the Field Not Just for Play.” The book is a collection of photographs taken by the folks at Catholic Press Photo of the soccer series’ first season.