The Bears (3-3, 1-1 HVIAC) won their second straight and picked up their first win all-time against the Panthers (3-3-1, 2-1) who suffered their first league defeat and were fresh off a 4-1 victory over perennial contender Berkeley.
St. Joseph’s never trailed in the contest and led by as many as two goals at two separate points in the game. The Bears held a slight edge in possession and took to the offensive outshooting the Panthers 18-13, with 11 shots on goal, and held a 9-3 corner kick advantage.
Five different Bears scored in the game with senior Raul Urshela getting St. Joseph’s on the board early with a header in the 4th minute.
Junior Thomas Homier tallied his team-leading fourth goal of the season with a volley in the 22nd minute off a direct kick from Christ the King product Michael Ortiz, Other scorers included freshman Pandeli Mano out of Bayside High School, junior Louis Williams on a Bencion Barrios corner at the top of the box, and an insurance goal in the 87th minute from freshman Beka Goduadze
That goal would prove to be the game winner as in the closing seconds, the Panthers scored on a direct free kick from just outside the box.