With the waning seconds ticking away in Monday night’s Public League girls soccer championship, a handful of eager young male fans ran excitedly through the bleachers at Northeast High School wearing just their undergarments. After all that this Franklin Towne Charter group has given the school the last three years, supporters must be running out of ways to thank head coach Brianna O’Donnell’s team.
Over the course of a storybook season like this one, there are no singular heroes. In establishing such a standard of excellence, stars reveal themselves on the field of play just as they might when shooting across the night sky.
All stories have a beginning, but oftentimes it’s the ones with the best endings that make the origins that much more meaningful.
Kevin Ceno always dreamed of this moment. He just didn’t think it would come so soon.
In a tight first half between underdog Little Flower and league juggernaut Archbishop Wood, there was a sense that the first goal scored might be the only one.
As a senior on the highly-successful Archbishop Ryan girls soccer team that’s lost just one regular season game in the last two years, Briana Egenlauf doesn’t have much left to check off her bucket list before graduation.
Northeast Philadelphia always has had a reputation of being a blue-collar part of town, and its citizens know they must work painstakingly hard for everything that comes their way.
Even with the loss of 17 seniors and the only head coach the Archbishop Ryan soccer program has ever known, Jared Ott never once considered spending his senior season elsewhere.
Regardless of the sport, many athletes ask about their statistics after a game.
Call it constructive competition. Call it unconditional support.