Last year, he was The Phillipian’s Intramural Soccer Rookie of the Year. This year, refusing to fall victim to a sophomore slump, he captained a championship team, scored two goals under the lights and even provided the crowd with some entertainment.
Captain Quinn Daly ’13 was the star in Team Capano’s 3-2 win over Team Bardo in the Intramural Soccer championship on Friday night.
Team Bardo, captained by John Abbott ’13, entered the game as the underdog but could not pull off the upset.
Three minutes into the first half, Daly saw his first opportunity for glory and sniped from the far side after a clear from Tyler Devlin ’13, Team Bardo’s goalkeeper.
Later in the first half, Justin Appleby ’13 of Team Bardo took advantage of a mix-up in front of Team Capano’s net and scored an equalizing goal. Shanice Pimentel ’14 assisted the goal.
Three minutes before the close of the first half, Reid Meyer ’14 buried another goal for Team Capano to give his team the 2-1 lead.
Daly wasted no time in the opening of the second half as he dribbled the ball into Team Bardo’s net for his second goal. Daly’s goal was followed by his crowd favorite celebration: taking off his shirt to reveal another shirt underneath. The shirt read, “R U Not Impressed?” The expression of the Team Bardo players indicated that the players were, in fact, impressed.
“My celebration was definitely planned out. It took me a good 30 minutes the night before to make the shirt. I was inspired by [Mario] Balotelli’s [a Manchester City player] celebrations. Elaborate celebrations had become an essential element to our team throughout the season, so I think most of us probably had something absurd lined up in case we scored,” Daly said.
The 3-1 lead did not phase Team Bardo, however, as Abbott rocketed a shot through the legs of a defender and brought the score to 3-2.
Both teams saw plenty of close chances in the remainder of the game, but tight goaltending and a lack of execution was a common trend for both teams. The game ended in a 3-2 Team Capano win.
Will Rodriguez ’13 had a stellar performance in net and acted as the backbone of Team Capano. Rodriguez, a member of Team Kühl, the 2011 Intramural champions, brought invaluable clutch-time experience to the team.
“As a seasoned veteran, already winning a championship last year, I took the role as player-coach making sure everyone controlled their nerves and played our game… We were destined to be champions: once a champion, always a champion. It won’t be long until I get my call to the Cluster Hall of Fame as one of very few two-time winners of the coveted championship,” said Rodriguez.
It was a hotly contested grudge match throughout, demonstrated by two fouls called on Nikhil Baradwaj ’13 of Team Capano and one on Pimentel. On all three fouls, fans could see the referee move his hand toward the red card before electing to give no booking.
Daly and JJ Hayward ’13 were offensive threats throughout the game for Team Capano, and they both generated quality attempts at goal. Hayward took three shots that either hit the post or missed the net, but luckily his teammate Daly was able to execute on his opportunities.