ROME — The Pontifical North American College is heading to the Clericus Cup soccer finals after a 2-0 win against the Mater Ecclesiae seminary on Saturday.
The May 12 final playoff will be the third for the NAC Martyrs, who have yet to win the coveted clerical hat- and cleat-wearing soccer ball trophy. The NAC finished second in 2009 and 2010, and third in 2008.
At the Saturday game, British-born Mark Paver of the Archdiocese of New York was the first to score after just 11′ of play.
Deacon David Santos of the Archdiocese of Newark manned the goal and kept the opposing team from getting anything past the net. Bomber, Scottie Gratton of the Diocese of Burlington nabbed the NAC’s second goal securing the win.
They’ll be facing the Pontifical Gregorian University, which won the cup last year.