Despite loss, NAC Martyrs lead division

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Seminarians from the Pontifical North American College cheer from the stands during the Clericus Cup in Rome March 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

ROME — The Pontifical North American College is still leading its division in the Clericus Cup soccer series even though it lost in a shootout over the weekend.

The NAC Martyrs played on Saturday against Santa Maria della Riconciliazione, which has a number of Latin American and U.S. players.

Organizers of the the seminarian soccer series reported that the game got off to a slow start, but that the NAC put on the pressure in the second half.

Several missed shots-on-goal by both sides in the second half left the score 0-0. According to the Clericus Cup’s modified rules, a tie after regular play is broken with a shootout rather than by continuing  play with overtime and the Santa Maria team won 3-2.

However, because of a previous big win against Redemptoris Mater and Santa Maria’s loss to St. Paul’s College, the NAC are number one in their division with four points.

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