Patterson's 3-1 boys soccer victory at city rival Poly yesterday gave two older brothers bragging rights over their younger ones: Senior David Brunetti scored a goal and an assist for the visiting Clippers, whose goalie, senior Roberto Conrad, had one of his better games with 10 saves.
Freshman Luciano Brunetti and sophomore Kyle Conrad each play for Poly, a runner-up to Patterson in the city last fall. And the older brothers promised that last night's their dinner conversations would be interesting at the very least.
"There'll be a lot of talk: We're going to beat you, we're going to beat you," said David Brunetti, whose parents, Cheryl and Dave, watched from the sidelines. "My brother's a good player, but everything he knows, he learned from me."
Ray and Kay Conrad watched the olderson block a late shot by his younger brother. And Roberto promised to let his sibling know about it later on.
"Luciano Brunetti scored on me - congratulations - but Kyle Conrad got stuffed," said Roberto, whose older brother, Ray Jr., is an assistant coach to Patterson's Troy Stevenson.
Turning to Kyle Conrad, who stood next to him after the game, Roberto said: "The little brother will not score on me, the next game or any other game that we play."
Yesterday's game was also a family affair in other ways. Poly coach Bob Wood coaches his two sons, senior Matt and sophomore Jeremy. And the Zarro brothers, senior Gino and sophomore Mario, play for Patterson.
Patterson scored all of its goals in the first half, and all were in similar fashion. In each instance, the Clippers settled passes in the midfield, dribbled once or twice, then lobbed balls over the Poly defense. From there, a footrace ensued, with Patterson having the speed advantage.
It was 1-0 six minutes into the game after David Brunetti ran onto a long pass from defender Alex Hockett. Brunetti then timed his run so that it was in synchronization with the ball's bounce past a final Poly defender. From there, Brunetti placed a 30-yard shot that rolled past oncoming keeper Jon Turwy.
Twelve minutes later, Bobby Oxendine made it 2-0, smashing a pass from Wilson Idiaquez past Turwy. And with 15 minutes left in the half, Gino Zarro one-timed a left-footed shot into the goal. David Brunetti had the assist.
The Engineers played much better in the second half, getting Luciano Brunetti's left-footed, 8-yard shot six minutes after the intermission. Roberto Conrad, who had an otherwise brilliant day in the goal, was frozen in his tracks.
"Both of my sons scored today, so I'm happy," said Cheryl Brunetti.
Roberto, who twice rose to tip dangerous shots over the crossbar, was there, yet again to swat away Kyle's short-range volley near the far post.
"I would have liked to see Kyle score because tonight Roberto's going to be so much in his face," said Kay Conrad.