Boys soccer: St. Charles East, Geneva win on rivalry night

  • St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) passes the ball against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) passes the ball against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (center) plays the ball against St. Charles North's Charles Mazurek (left) and Casey Graham (right) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (center) plays the ball against St. Charles North's Charles Mazurek (left) and Casey Graham (right) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Jake Walker (26) goes up for a header against St. Charles North's Trevor Mirra (6) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Jake Walker (26) goes up for a header against St. Charles North's Trevor Mirra (6) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Jordan Rolon (85) goes up for a save against St. Charles North's Charles Mazurek (2) during a high school soccer match at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Jordan Rolon (85) goes up for a save against St. Charles North's Charles Mazurek (2) during a high school soccer match at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles North's Charles Mazurek (2) challenges St. Charles East's Mason Blenner for the ball Tuesday at Batavia.

    St. Charles North's Charles Mazurek (2) challenges St. Charles East's Mason Blenner for the ball Tuesday at Batavia. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles North's Zach Curtis (4) plays the ball against St. Charles East's Joshua Ruiz (14) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Zach Curtis (4) plays the ball against St. Charles East's Joshua Ruiz (14) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) shoots the ball against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) shoots the ball against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Connor King (22) plays the ball on a corner kick against St. Charles North's Stefano Nava (24) and Chase Bettini (14) during a soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Connor King (22) plays the ball on a corner kick against St. Charles North's Stefano Nava (24) and Chase Bettini (14) during a soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) is challenged for the ball by St. Charles North's Zach Curtis (4) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) is challenged for the ball by St. Charles North's Zach Curtis (4) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles North's Michael DePasquale (5) goes up for a header against St. Charles East's Mason Brockmeyer (20) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Michael DePasquale (5) goes up for a header against St. Charles East's Mason Brockmeyer (20) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Jordan Rolon (85) makes a diving save against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Jordan Rolon (85) makes a diving save against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East players celebrate a goal by East's Luca Avendano (5) against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East players celebrate a goal by East's Luca Avendano (5) against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Connor King (22) goes up for a header against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Connor King (22) goes up for a header against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles North's Walter Delapaz (18) goes up for a header against St. Charles East's Jack Harrington (15) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Walter Delapaz (18) goes up for a header against St. Charles East's Jack Harrington (15) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles North's Michael DePasquale (5) heads the ball during a high school soccer match against St. Charles East on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Michael DePasquale (5) heads the ball during a high school soccer match against St. Charles East on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Joshua Ruiz (14) challenges St. Charles North's Casey Graham (8) for the ball during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Joshua Ruiz (14) challenges St. Charles North's Casey Graham (8) for the ball during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles North's Alexander Curtis (1) makes a save on a shot by St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Alexander Curtis (1) makes a save on a shot by St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) reacts after scoring a goal against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) reacts after scoring a goal against St. Charles North during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East's Tyler Benhart (0) makes a save over St. Charles North's Jacob Glanzman (3) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles East's Tyler Benhart (0) makes a save over St. Charles North's Jacob Glanzman (3) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles North's Michael DePasquale (5) goes up for a header over St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Michael DePasquale (5) goes up for a header over St. Charles East's Sebastian Carranza (8) during a high school soccer match on Tri-Cties Night at Batavia High School in Batavia on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

 
 
Updated 9/28/2021 10:08 PM

No matter where Michael DePasquale runs on the soccer pitch, three words always are near his heart.

"For you, Mom."

 

DePasquale's mother, Tricia, passed away on July 17, 2021 after a courageous multiyear battle with Stage IV colon cancer.

Those words are protected underneath his captain's armband he wears every game this season.

Off the pitch, he wears a bracelet with her ashes tucked safely inside.

"She used to come to almost all of my high school games," DePasquale shared following St. Charles North's 4-0 loss to St. Charles East as a portion of the annual Tri-City Soccer Night on Tuesday. "And just sit in the bleachers and watch. She always just loved seeing me play and the way that I play. [Tonight], I just tried to play like I'm playing for her. I like to pretend she's there watching me in the stands."

Each year, T-shirt and raffle ticket sales are donated to a designated cause. Tuesday's proceeds will go toward cancer research in Tricia DePasquale's memory.

For at least 80 minutes during a given game -- or practice, soccer summer camp session and the like -- "soccer is definitely an escape."

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"It definitely allows me to get away from the reality of what's happening," DePasquale continued. "Tonight was definitely a great night for that."

"I think it was that way during the summer time, too, leading up to the season coming up to summer camp and being a part of that," North Stars coach Eric Willson said. "Staying extra to help out the younger kids, going and watching our freshmen and just doing things because I think soccer was a bit of en escape."

Since the moment Willson met DePasquale upon entering high school, "you just knew he was a quality individual, a good person who cared about his teammates [and] did things the right way."

"He comes from an amazing family and he's just a really special kid, so all we can do is support him through difficult times the best way we can," Willson said. "Whatever is going on on the field for us is totally secondary when it comes to things like this. I'm glad we could do, as a group of four programs, come together -- like we have over the years -- and do something for a really good cause."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

In the game, the Saints (13-1-0, 3-1) received goals from Josh Ruiz, Will Orloff and two from Sebastian Carranza. The North Stars (4-2-5, 0-0-4) last victory came on Sept. 11. Since then, they've lost twice and tied three times.

"Josh Ruiz looked very good; I thought Luca [Avendano] played well," St. Charles East coach Vince DiNuzzo said. "The midfield, when they were all together on the field at the same time, they were very cohesive. It was fun to watch them move the ball."

In the second game, Geneva (4-7-3, 2-1-2) beat Batavia in a convincing 4-1 victory.

Trent Giansanti's hat trick accounted for Geneva's three goals and a 3-0 lead. Batavia senior forward and captain Ryan Kahley scored just before the half to cut into the lead. Geneva defender Braeden McPheron added an insurance goal in the second half.

"That's two games in a row [with a fast start]; so Saturday, when we played Bartlett, we got off to a quick start," Geneva coach Jason Bhatta said. "Tonight, two goals within the first 10 minutes. If we take our chances -- that's what we weren't doing in the first half of the year -- we weren't taking our chances ... we've got goal scorers Like Christian [Diaz] and Trent, they can score goals. They're coming into form now. I think that's five goals in two games for Trent and [Christian] is getting assists and everything."

For Batavia (6-7, 2-2) it was the team's second straight loss.

"[We didn't get a fast start]. When you don't mark up, doesn't matter what it is. We've marked up well all year, just didn't do it tonight," Batavia coach Mark Gianfrancesco said. "They made us pay. Other teams maybe didn't make us pay, [but] they made us pay."

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