Late Surge Lifts Canon-McMillan Boys Soccer To WPIAL Championship
Down by one goal against the top-seed in the Class 4A WPIAL Semifinals is a tall task to overcome. The Canon-McMillan boys soccer team were up to the challenge.
The No. 4 Big Macs (14-3-1) scored two goals in the final 5:17 of regulation to defeat the Mustangs (16-1-2), 3-2, at Mars on Saturday afternoon. This Canon-McMillan group got the monkey off their backs after losing in the WPIAL semifinals the past two years.
Junior Owen Maher put in the game-winning goal with 1:52 remaining in regulations.
Junior Joseph Fonagy put in the equalizer before that on a header off a free kick. Fongay was also just named to the All-Section First Team.
All the scoring in the game after halftime, and was started by Plum. Luke Gildea, an All-Section First Team selection, converted on a penalty kick for a 1-0 Mustangs lead.
Minutes later, the Big Macs received a penalty kick of their own, and Fonagy found the back of the net for his first of two goals on the day.
With under 13 minutes left in regulation, Tyler Kolankowski, another all-section first team pick playing in this game, gave Plum a 2-1 lead, setting up the heroics by Canon-McMillan.
The Big Macs are hoping the third time is the charm when they battle No. 2 Mt. Lebanon (15-4-1) in the Class 4A WPIAL Championship Game this week at Highmark Stadium. The date and time is still to be determined.
This is the first appearance in the WPIAL Championship Game since they won in 2015.