Lordo’s goal pushes SLUH past CBC for Challenge Cup championship
By: Jonathan Duncan
For over 45 minutes of play in the 42nd annual Challenge Cup Championship game at Scottrade Center on Monday night CBC had pretty much outplayed rival St. Louis University High by out shooting them 28-16.
But those extra shots were rendered a moot point late in overtime as SLUH’s Michael Lordo ended the Cadets quest for a 13th Challenge Cup trophy.
Lordo scored a goal just over three minutes into overtime to lift SLUH to a seemingly improbable 2-1 victory.
It was a night that left CBC (24-3-2) thinking about missed chances that could have turned the game another direction.
“We outshot them 28-16 and we had chances but they had better chances,” CBC coach John Jost said. “I think we played a good hard game from beginning to end and we just couldn’t get the breaks we needed and they did. Give them credit.
They are a really good team.”
Late in the second period, it was SLUH (25-4-1) that struck first on the scoreboard as Nick Walters scored with 2:53 left in the period.
The action went quiet into the third period but CBC finally found a little offense just in time to force the overtime session.
With just 2:54 left in regulation, Christian Argyros fired a shot past SLUH goalie Joseph Warnecke to tie it at 1-1.
In the overtime, both clubs got one shot apiece but unfortunately for CBC, Lordo’s shot was the one that proved to be the game-winner and left the Cadets with a seldom felt feeling in the Challenge Cup title game.
“For this young team to battle back in this game, that’s been kind of the way the the season has been for us this year,” Jost said.
“There was just no quit in these guys all year and they played hard. Hopefully, they’ll learn from this experience and come back even better next year.”