STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.— Improving upon a successful first-year campaign as head coach of boys soccer, Ricky Guzman and the Kennedy Catholic Gaels took it a step further in 2017 by reaching the Class AA City Championship game before falling 3-2 at top-seeded St. Peter’s of Staten Island on Sunday, Nov. 12.

After giving up a goal in the 12th minute of the contest, Kennedy fired right back five minutes later when junior captain Brendan Lebitsch passed to senior Matthew Togher for a score on a counterattack.

Knotted at 1-1 at halftime, the Gaels peppered the St. Peter’s net during the first 10 minutes of the second half. Not long after, Lebitsch eluded the defense and dribbled the ball inside the box nearly from midfield before poking through the go-ahead goal.

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