Brothers make Class A final; ESM ousted

DePerro scores twice as CBA blanks Whitesboro 3-0

— Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer star Andrew DePerro has delivered 30 goals this season, nearly half his team's total.

So it only figured that DePerro would deliver two of those goals in Wednesday night's Section III Class A semifinal as the no. 2 seed Brothers eliminated no. 3 seed Whitesboro 3-0 at Chittenango High School.

This leads to a showdown of the top two seeds in the Class A title game. CBA will face Fowler, who ended the title reign of no. 4 seed East Syracuse-Minoa by that same 3-0 in the other Class A semifinal.

The Brothers' narrow 2-1 escape against no. 7 seed Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinal round delivered enough of a wake-up call. Thus, CBA was not going to underestimate Whitesboro, who had won its own 2-1 quarterfinal over Westhill to get this far.

In the game's opening minutes, the Warriors were aggressive, and CBA goalkeeper Mike Smith had to make a diving save 5:20 into the game, which seemed to light a spark under the rest of the Brothers.

Soon enough, CBA was in front, thanks to DePerro. In the 15th minute, he took a long, accurate pass from his younger brother, Matt DePerro, on the right side and flung a low, hard shot past Warriors goalie Nick Crocilla, and the Brothers were up 1-0.

It would stay that way the rest of the half. Smith made the game's biggest save on a Whitesboro free kick in the 36th minute, when the Warriors' Dino Sisic hit a shot headed for the inside post when Smith again dove to stop it, one of six saves on the night.

Aggressive from the start of the second half, the Brothers probed until, less than five minutes into the half, Monte Stroman, a late-season call-up from the JV ranks, flung a 30-yard shot that fooled Crocilla and dove into the left side of the net.

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