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SFP SENIOR NETS RECORD-BREAKING GOAL
While standing on the sideline before St. Francis Prep’s soccer game against visiting Iona Prep on Thursday, coach Franco Purifacato called over his top scorer, Kenan 'Kenny' Redzematovic, who was approaching the program’s all-time goal-scoring record.
“What’s the number?” Purifacato asked Redzematovic.
“Forty-six,” Redzematovic replied. “I have 45.”
Redzematovic knew exactly where he stood, and like any goal-scorer would, he wanted the record. On Thursday, it became his.
Redzematovic netted a hat trick during the Terriers’ 7-0 rout of Iona Prep, bringing his career total to 48 and eclipsing Mark Prizant’s school record of 46 goals, which was set in 1996, before Redzematovic was even born.
When Redzematovic, now a senior, first joined St. Francis Prep, scoring so many goals didn’t seem plausible.
“It never seemed like it was in my grasp,” he said. “I never thought I could get that close.”
After joining the varsity squad as a sophomore and scoring goals in bunches, the record wasn’t something Redzematovic fixated on, not figuring he wouldn approach it.
“I never thought much about it,” he said. “I thought I’d do well, score some goals, and by the time graduation came, wherever I was, I was on the list. But as I got closer and closer, getting goals every season, it turned out I was getting closer than I thought.”
Redzematovic opened up the scoring for the Terriers in the 33rd minute. Lawrence Nikaj sent in a ground cross from the left side to the far post and Redzematovic tucked a shot inside the upright.
St. Francis Prep led 1-0 at halftime, but dominated possession the entire match, and it began to show on the scoreboard in the middle of the second half. The Terriers were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute after a handball in the box. Redzematovic usually takes the penalty kicks, but he conceded it to his teammate Tyler Lasak, who extended the lead to 2-0.
After Iona Prep kicked one into its own goal to make it 3-0, Redzematovic netted the team’s fourth goal to break the record before scoring the sixth goal of the game to complete the hat trick.
“He’s got plenty more (goals) to come,” Purifacato said of Redzematovic.