Chapelgate got its season going on a positive note Friday afternoon. Taking advantage of an opportunistic offense and a shutdown defense, the Yellowjackets went on the road and defeated Pallotti, 1-0.
Marc Little provided the goal in the first half off an assist from Sam Rivera.
The teams came out of the gates with contrasting styles, and it led to several quality scoring chances for Pallotti in the opening 15 minutes.
“(They) came out with a quick, hard attack and kept pushing the ball into their offensive third,” Chapelgate coach Jason Bennett said. “(We) focused on creating a more controlled transition game in order to keep possession of the ball.”
While the Panthers’ aggressive approach generated shots, Chapelgate kept them off the board. That allowed the Yellowjackets to seize the lead in the 18th minute. Chapelgate’s Rivera passed the ball down the wing to Rivera, a freshman, and he turned and shot into the back of the net.
Pallotti produced another great chance right before halftime when the team was awarded a penalty kick after a handball in the box. But Chapelgate goalie Tommy Carlson came through with “a great save,” according to Bennett to keep the Yellowjackets ahead.
Chapelgate continued its lockdown defense in the second half and secured the win, dropping Pallotti’s record to 3-2 overall this fall. Chapelgate will be back in action on Tuesday against Indian Creek.