Another chance from outside by Matheiss was punched away by Yablon.

St. Paul’s had three more scoring chances on corner kicks, that came up empty including one shot from McGovern from point blank range that went into Yablon’s bread basket.

Boys’ Latin’s Lowenstein got his second goal after Crusader keeper Buttarazzi came way out wide to make a stellar save.

But the rebound caromed right to Lowenstein in the center of the field.

“I just kept my head down and looked for the open part of the goal and shot,” Lowenstein said.

The penalty kick goal with under seven minutes left by Mirza was also extra-ordinary.

Yablon saved the first attempt right back to Mirza, and then saved the second attempt back to him again, until the junior finally deposited it with his third shot.

Yablon had stopped two previous penalty kicks this season, including one against the Crusaders last week.
“He has an innate ability to guess correct,” Rickels said. “He knows where the guy is going.”

Both teams seemed to have strong familiarity with each other and that doesn’t surprise Rickels.

“They are like brothers,” Rickels said. “They have grown up together, played on the same club teams and in rec councils together and they hang out on weekends together. I’ve said for years you could put a Boys’ Latin jersey on them and a St. Paul’s jersey on us and we’d have the same kid. They are great kids and they work hard and we respect them and that’s why the rivalry is so great because ultimately we respect each other.”