York Catholic's Chris Sosa was trying to figure out something fun to do Monday night during the York-Adams League Boys' Soccer Senior All-Star Game at York Suburban High School.
So the Irish senior got together with the other guys in his rotation and came up with an idea -- after one of them scored a goal, they would quickly retrieve the ball, form a circle and then all fall down, acting as if the soccer ball was a grenade.
Little did the boisterous Catholic standout know that it would only take mere seconds for this ploy to be enacted. Better yet, it was Sosa, who entered the game just a minute earlier, who scored the goal to set off a celebration that would never be allowed during a regular-season contest.
"We were all out for 40 minutes and when we were warming up, we came up with the idea to do the grenade thing," Sosa said after leading his Red team to a 4-2 victory. "(During a regular game) that would be a yellow or red card right there, but not tonight."
Sosa thoroughly enjoyed playing with a lot of his senior peers from around the league on a night meant for fun, and the occasional hijinks.
"Everyone just wanted to have fun," he said moments after exchanging his Red jersey with Kennard-Dale's Paul Ambrose, who played for the White team. "It was a good time. It's nice just to have fun again after the intensity of the high school season."
While the Irish won the Division III title again this year, they were unable to follow it up by defending their District 3-A title from the year before. Still, Sosa had plenty of fond memories from his high school career, which included winning that district title with his father, Milner, who coached the team.
"He always wanted that and I'm glad that I got to do it with him," Sosa said. "It was a great four years for me and we made history almost every year. I had a great time."
Batory: That was also the case for Dallastown standout Brent Batory, who was on the bench with Sosa and helped concoct the grenade celebration.
"This was just awesome," said Batory, who also scored a goal in the victory. "It was great to see some of the players from the smaller schools, like Fairfield, Bermudian Springs, Littlestown, and to see that they actually have some talented players. And then to combine them with the bigger schools ... it was just instant chemistry."
Batory enjoyed his time playing with Sosa, who made it a goal to make sure he and his teammates enjoyed the experience.
"We were all just discussing it on the bench," Batory said. "And we said that we need to win this game and we need to score a goal. And we wanted to come up with a celebration to give our team some energy and have some fun. I think he actually came up with the idea. It was a lot of fun."
Playing on the same team Monday wasn't the only thing that Sosa and Batory shared. Both standouts actually played on District 3 championship squads (Sosa in 2011 and Batory in 2010). Winning that championship was also one of the highlights of Batory's career with the Wildcats, along with one that happened just a few weeks ago.
"That district championship game was probably tied with the (York-Adams League) semifinal win over Central," he said. "That semifinal game against Central ... I hadn't been in a game that hectic and with such pandemonium. They're our rivals in soccer in the county and to win in overtime was just ridiculous."
The game: The Red team -- comprised of players from Dallastown, Central, Spring Grove, Red Lion, South Western, Fairfield, New Oxford and York Catholic -- got a pair of goals from Fairfield's Dan Warner in the triumph. Warner's goal in the first half was the only tally until a five-goal outburst between the two teams in the second half.
The White team -- made up of players from Littlestown, Eastern, Kennard-Dale, Bermudian Springs, Dover, York Suburban, West York and Susquehannock -- got back-to-back goals from Eastern's Austin Jeffery and Dover's Christian Bonilla to briefly go up by a 2-1 margin. Goals by Warner, Sosa and Batory rounded out the scoring.
Note: The seniors from Biglerville (Nate Fox, Cole Herzing, and Harley Weigle) were unable to participate. The Canners have a PIAA Class A semifinal match on Tuesday against Sewickley Academy at Hollidaysburg.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.