In the second quarterfinal of the Boy's U19 Championships, fifth-seeded Cathedral upset favorites Belmont Shore, 12-7.
The ball was slick throughout the whole game, leading to a slow start to the match. Belmont Shore came out trying to kick the ball so Cathedral did the same. Eventually Belmont got the first score of the match after a player made a break and touched down under the posts. The try was converted, making the score 7-0 after 15 minutes of play.
Cathedral responded with a converted try of their own with eight minutes left in the first half. Cathedral then scored again but did not make the conversion, setting up a tense second half.
No points were scored after halftime, but Belmont Shore started to move the ball around, making it deep into Cathedral territory a few times. The Cathedral players were able to stop them each time and had a few long breaks of their own but could not finish the try-scoring opportunities. Once again, Belmont made their way into Cathedral's half but a timely turnover gave Cathedral the ball, which they kicked into touch to end the match.
"It was a nerve-racking end to a game," Cathedral assistant coach Scott Peterson said. "We thought we had the advantage fitness-wise."
Cathedral will face off against Highland in the semifinal round later today.