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Pace Academy Uses 9-2 Run To Overcome 4-2 Deficit, Defeats Holy Innocents 11-6

Pace Academy's Niko Karetsos (#5) looks to avoid Holy Innocents trap

Looking to bounce back from losses last week, both the Pace Academy Knight and the Holy Innocents Golden Bears were back in action on Wednesday as the two teams faced off in a non-area match up. With just a few games left of the regular season, both the Bears and Knights looked to pick up the win to gain some momentum heading into the final stretch. For Pace, three of their next four games are area match ups and for Holy Innocents, two of their three are area contest and for both teams, final region standings will be impacted by the outcomes of the games.

The Knights were able to come out and strike the iron first taking a 2-0 first quarter lead, but overall offensively, that would be the only points scored by either team in the opening period. In the second quarter, Holy Innocents started to get things going on the offensive end as they would score four unanswered points in the period to help them take a 4-2 lead into the halftime break. However, after taking a 5-2 lead to start the third quarter, Pace would outscore the Golden Bears 4-1 in down the stretch of the period to tie the game 6-6, with the Knights’ Charlie Fleming responsible for two of the goals.

In the fourth quarter, it would be all Pace Academy as they would hold the Golden Bears scoreless in the period while adding five more goals of their own in route to an 11-6 win. “It was really just frustration, the emotional stress of not finishing inside,” Pace Academy head coach, Chase Winter said of the Knights early offensive struggles, adding that “It takes one guys stepping up on a ground ball,” to help turn things around as well as good defensive play, which the Knights got all throughout the second half, including several “big saves by Alex Trujillo”, Pace’s goalie on the Knight.

Up next for the Knights will be a pair of back to back area games, Woodward Academy, currently third in the standings at 1-2 in area play, on Friday and Westminster, first in the standings at 2-0 in area play, next Thursday. Pace will then face Marist in a non-area match up before closing out the regular season with an area game against Midtown, the current fourth place team at 1-3 in area play. With Knights, behind the eight ball at 0-1 in area play, Coach Winter is confident his team can close out strong to help them reach the post-season. “We have a lot of good guys and good senior class that can bring us home the next three (area) games”.

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