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VIDEO, PHOTO GALLERY: Crusaders finish comeback on Dougherty’s late strike

Wildwood Catholic's Tommy Bolle brings the ball out of his team's defensive third as Lower Cape May's Jordan Pierce challenges.

  • Lower Cape May's Logan Barikian gets his head to a corner kick as Wildwood Catholic's Tommy Bolle and Nate Yost defend
  • Lower Cape May's Jordan Pierce races toward goal.
  • Wildwood Catholic's Matt Vogdes sends the ball toward the penalty area as Lower Cape May's Mikey Flores gives chase.
  • Wildwood Catholic's C.J. Deegler with possession in the left corner.
  • Lower Cape May's Troy Genaro plays the ball past Wildwood Catholic's Matt Vogdes.
  • Lower Cape May's Jordan Pierce wins a head ball in front of Wildwood Catholic's David Aragon.
  • Lower Cape May goalkeeper Mark Ryan makes a stop against Wildwood Catholic's Matt Vogdes.
  • Lower Cape May's T.J. Shoffler executes a perfect slide tackle to knock the ball away from Wildwood Catholic's C.J. Deegler.
  • Lower Cape May's Mikey Flores and Wildwood Catholic's Matt Vogdes converge on the ball
  • Wildwood Catholic's Scott Fiore clears the ball from his team's end.
  • Lower Cape May's Mikey Flores is challenged by Wildwood Catholic's David Aragon.
  • Lower Cape May's Troy Genaro clears the ball away as Wildwood Catholic's David Aragon (left) and Conor Farrell look on.
  • Wildwood Catholic's Tommy Bolle brings the ball out of his team's defensive third as Lower Cape May's Jordan Pierce challenges.

By BRIAN CUNNIFF

STONE HARBOR — Sean Dougherty helped the Wildwood Catholic High School boys soccer team erase some of the memories of a frustrating season Wednesday afternoon.

The junior forward scored with 30 seconds to play to finish off a comeback from a 2-0 halftime deficit as the Crusaders rallied for a 3-2 victory over rival Lower Cape May.

It was the season finale for both teams, a game added to the schedule only recently.

Lower Cape May, playing with the wind at its back in the opening 40 minutes, forged ahead 2-0 behind goals by Jordan Pierce and T.J. Shoffler.

Wildwood Catholic began its rally when Giacomo Antonicello netted the first of his two goals on a penalty kick after a Lower player was judged to have handled the ball in the box. Antonicello then leveled the game with about 15 minutes to go after he and C.J. Deegler put pressure on the Tiger defense deep inside the penalty area.

The game appeared headed to overtime until Crusader keeper Ben Church sent his teammates the other way with purpose after making a save. Rather than indiscriminately booting the ball downfield, Church alertly tossed the ball into space on the right side, allowing Antonicello to begin a counterattack by racing down the touchline. After taking the ball into the Lower third of the field, the senior midfielder sent the ball into the box. Dougherty was there to blast the ball into goal in the game’s dying embers. It was Dougherty’s 28th tally of the season.

Lower Cape May was awarded one final chance with a free kick following a foul, but Church made a relatively easy save just before time expired.

Wildwood Catholic finished at 4-10-1.

Lower Cape May, a team that featured no seniors on its roster, ended at 3-17-1.