St. John Prep collected its third consecutive Catholic Conference boys soccer title after shutting out 12th ranked league rival BC High 2-0, Wednesday, at Danvers. The no. 4 ranked Eagles (13-1-1, 8-0) also earned their second undefeated league title under 12th year head coach Dave Crowell. BC High (11-2-1, 5-2) lost two straight games against St. John Prep and squandered its opportunity for a tie atop the Catholic Conference. “We have a tradition of winning and it’s important to maintain that tradition and it’s our goal to win the league title every year and it is something that we expect as a program,” said Crowell. “Winning the game in BC High earlier this season put us in a great position because it is very difficult to win down there and this being our third straight meant a great deal to our seniors.” In the first half, St. John's Prep looked to control the time of possession and pressure BC High’s defenders in order to create scoring opportunities. St. John's Prep notched its first goal in the 25th minute after senior captain and midfielder Brooks Clark (six goals and eight assists this season) headed an arching corner kick from senior striker Lev Kazalyan (four goals this season). “We were putting a lot of pressures on them and we had a series of corners it was just a perfect ball by Brooks,” said Crowell. “They are a very physical team and we weren’t dominating in the first half but we played well enough in stretches and take advantage of our chance.” After trailing 1-0 after the first half, BC High adjusted its strategy and played more aggressive by increasing its number of forwards and pushing more players into St. Johns Prep’s attacking third. BC High’s aggressive attack left holes in the defense and allowed senior left midfielder Nick Agresti to pick up a penalty kick for St. John's Prep. The elusive midfielder was quickly tripped up after penetrating BC High’s penalty box. Clark, St. John’s Prep designated penalty kicker, coolly beat the goalie and padded his team's lead. Senior goalie Ben Alpern earned his 10th shutout of the season after making seven athletic saves.
St. John’s Prep 2, BC High 0
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Danvers
Updated: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 5:42 a.m.