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Central Program Starts in the Fall of 1987
    Central Catholic started its first soccer team in the fall of 1987. Over 100 candidates tried out for that first squad, with 23 getting the chance to make history and be on that first squad. The first coach of the team was Ray Flaherty. Central opened it's season with a 1-0 victory over Haverhill and finished the season with a 7-11 record only to be awarded two victories over Chelmsford due to ineligible players. They then finished with a 9-9 record for their first season.

We are the Champions
    For the second time this week the Raiders of Central Catholic came up huge.....they defeated Lowell at Lowell 2-0 and in the process won their first MVC Soccer Championship. We finally are gonna have a banner....
    Central's defense was fantastic as they held the MVC's prolific scorer, Odilio Gianinni, to only one shot on net. Lowell was a worthy opponent as both teams played a great first half of soccer but neither team could break into the others defense. Central was able to find a crack at the 12 minute mark of the second half when Tim Woitkun took a throw in deep in Lowell territory and it found Joe Mead's head for a beautiful goal to put the lads up 1-0. At the 25 minute mark, Jeff Gannon took a run deep into the Lowell end and crossed it back to find Mike MacDonald at the back post ready to head it in for another great goal. With the Central boys up 2-0, Lowell pressed hard but could not seem to string together enough passes to find their leading scorer.
    The midfield and defense did a great job in shutting down the Lowell offense stifling it before it could get started. John McGinness played in goal for Central and registered the shutout.
    Central finishes its regular season with a 10 am game at St. John's Prep on Saturday. They are now 13-3-3 and finished with a 10-2-1 record in the MVC.
Great corresponding story in the Lowell Sun, go to links page and click on the Lowell Sun.

Theme for 2001......
    As many of you know our inspiration for our soccer program is the movie "BRAVEHEART", a never say die attitude coupled with a real belief in purpose.
    We have now coupled that inspiration with three "D" words:

Raiders Rally in 2nd Half for win...2-0 over Dracut
STrawberry Fields old Beatle tune or a raider victory song? Whatever it is it has been good. Central rallied once againd in the soceond half with two nice goals for a convincing win over Dracut. The loss put Dracut's league record at 1-2 while the Raiders improved to 2-0 in the league.

The first goal was a nice one as Mike Casale crossed a low ball across the mouth and Ross Tremblay connected as the goalie tried to recover to his left. The second goal with just 2 minutes remaining clinched the victory and this time Casale was on the receiving end of the pass. Jeff Gannon lofted a nice corner to the head of Jon Kasper who neatly laid it on the head of Mike Casale who promptly tucked it past the Dracut goalie. Picture Perfect.

The Raiders now take on 3-0 Lowell in Lowell on SEpt 20th under the lights 7PM at Cawley memorial Stadium.

Andover 1 Central 1 (taken from the Lowell Sun 9-23)
Ryan McCarthy of Lowell scored a goal off Jeff Gannon's indirect kick with 10 minutes left to play as the Raiders tied Andover in an MVC Div. 1 game.

Andover had taken a 1-0 lead when Mike Grieco scored on a penalty kick midway through the first half.

John McGinness of Dracut had a strong game in goal for Central Catholic.

Tim Bourque, Sean Burkhardt and Jon Kasper also played well for the Raiders.

Raiders Rout Lancers 6-0
Led by multiple scorers, Ross Tremblay (2) and Alan Fielding(2) the raiders scored early and often in defeating city rival Lawrence 6-0. Adding goals for the Raiders were Jeff Gannon and Jon Kasper.

The Raiders improve to 3-1-1 in MVC Play and play next on Saturday at Springfield Cathedral 11 AM and return quickly to action on Sunday night at Haverhill Stadium at 7 PM.

Raiders lose to Cathedral 3-1
Stepping off the bus after the long ride west the Raiders knew they were in for a very tough game. Ranked number one in the WEst, Springfield Cathedral was waiting to show their dominance. Dominate they did for about 10 minutes. Scoring two quick goals the Purple menace had a distinct advantage over CCHS. The boys settled down and gave Cathedral all they could handle in the first half, missing out on some good opportunities to score, missing an open net and a bouncer off the bar. The second half was a good one as Cathedral scored on a nice play while Central's Mike Casale connected to make it 3-1. From that point on the raiders dominated play..hitting the bar several times and just not getting any luck. This however may have been just what the team needed to see its capabilities ans they got some good performances off the bench by the subs. The raiders now stand at 3-2-1 overall and play Haverhill Sunday, September 30 7 PM at haverhill Stadium.

Raiders Rebound against Haverhill 4-2
Getting a good performance from their midfield the Central soccer team defeated a solid Haverhill team 4-2 under the lights of Haverhill Stadium. Mike Casale received two nice passes from Jeff Gannon and connected for two first half goals to put the team on solid footing. Chris Carrozza added a second half goal on a pass from Alan Pepin to put the Raiders up 3-1. Jeff Gannon finished off the scoring with a nice dead ball goal from 20 yards out. Haverhill scored late to make the final 4-2. The raiders now carry a 4-1-1 MVC record and host Methuen on Tuesday October 2 3:30 pm at Strawberry Fields in Groveland.

Wednesday, November 21
Gannon to Participate in EMASS Coaches All-Star Game
Jeff Gannon was chosen by the EMaSS Coaches Association to participate in the Division I North - South All-Star Game in Kingston Massachusetts on Friday, November 23 at Noon. This game is always held the day after Thanksgiving and features some of the best talent in Eastern Massachusetts.

Jeff has always been such a great cheerleader for every other team at Central it would be nice if we could get some of his classmates to go and cheer him on as well at this prestigious event. If anyone wishes to go please call me and let me know you are going. I have left directions at the bottom of this notice so that you may find your way to Kingston. It is about an hour and a half away from CCHS. Any boys soccer team players that attend will be reimbursed by coach Flaherty for the cost of your ticket.

Here are the directions:
Here are the directions to Silver Lake High School

Rt 93 South,
through Boston to
Rt 3 South to
Exit 9-Rt 3A towards Brockton/Kingston
Go through Kingston Center
After RR tracks, turn right
go about 1 mile
Turn right onto Rt 27
The school is several miles down Rt 27, on the left

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