September 9, 2011
National No. 1 Jesuit defeats No. 6 Granite Bay 3-2 on late PK

It was standing room only at Capital Christian High School Friday night for the titanic showdown between national boys soccer powers Granite Bay and Jesuit.

The two teams didn't disappoint the nearly 4,000 fans that crammed into the stadium for the second game of the inaugural two-match Capital Challenge Cup.

Steven Wright's penalty kick after a Granite Bay handball in the 75th minute, gave the Marauders a 3-2 win.

It came only two minutes after Granite Bay's Ty Thompson had tied it 2-2 on a brilliant 20-yard, left-footed rocket from the right side of the goal.

Jesuit had led 2-0 after a pair of goals by Padraic McCullaugh, one a first-half penalty kick, the other two minutes into the second half from a corner kick.

Granite Bay closed to 2-1 on Will Harkin's header from a free kick in the 61st minute.
The game may have been costly for Jesuit, as Jeff Rose, the team's top playmaker and son of coach Paul Rose, was taken off the field late in the first half with an apparent knee injury.

In the first game, the Capital Christian Cougars defeated the Bella Vista Broncos 2-0.
Keenan Armburst's arching 25-yard, first-half goal into the right corner net and J.T. Clapp's 10-yard floater from an assist by freshman Paul Herscowitz late in the second half led the Cougars (6-0-1) to the win over the Broncos (5-1-1) in another battle of unbeatens and section runners-up in 2010.



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