Thursday night wasn’t the first time the St. Louis soccer team had been to the state championship. They’ve won 11 of them going into this season, including last season’s.
But the Saints found themselves in a place they weren’t familiar with — losing.
Top-seeded St. Louis trailed No. 3 E.D. White 2-1 with about 20 minutes to play in the boys Division III soccer state championship at Tad Gormley, despite outshooting the Cardinals 13-7 at the time.
In the span of less than three minutes, St. Louis mounted a two-goal comeback on the Cardinals to win the program’s 12th state championship 3-2.
VANDEBILT GIRLS 3, SACRED HEART-N.O.: Top-seeded Vandebilt posted three second-half goals en route to a victory over second-seeded Sacred Heart. in the Division III girls soccer state championship.
“It feels amazing,” said Most Outstanding Player junior Grace Champagne, who finished with a goal and assist. “We’ve worked so long and hard all year, so this just feels great. We knew what we had to do in the second half.
“We wanted to score early because it gives us a confidence boast. We felt like we had the game in the first half, so if we put a couple away after halftime, we could win it.”
After a scoreless first half, it took the Terriers (28-3-3) five minutes to score as sophomore Molly Thompson converted a rebound from Hannah Cueno’s initial shot for a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Champagne scored to make it 2-0.