Top-seeded St. Paul’s capped a perfect season Saturday night with a 3-0 win over Jesuit to capture its second consecutive Division I state soccer championship at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Senior Barrick Roberts got the Wolves on the scoreboard in the 14th minute when his shot found the back of the right side of the net, past Jesuit goalkeeper Otto Candies.
Eric Guin had the goal of the weekend in the 45th minute with a mid-air volley from 25 yards out past a diving Candies to give St. Paul’s the insurance goal and a 2-0 advantage.
Roberts added his second goal late in the second half to extend the lead to 3-0. He captured the Most Outstanding Player honors for his efforts.
“We know our strengths and weaknesses as a team,” he said. “Our goal was just to come out and put on a show and we were able to do that tonight and now we are state champions. Jesuit is our biggest rival, so it makes it even more special.
“My two goals mean the world to me, especially after having to sit out last year and watch us win a state championship.”
The win caps a 30-0-3 season for St. Paul’s with its three ties coming to Division II state champion Vandebilt Catholic and two out-of-state tournament games. In the most recent MaxPreps national poll, the Wolves were ranked second.
“I was actually worried at halftime because even though we were up 1-0, they still were creating chances,” Wolves coach Sean Moser said. “I just told my team we just need to clean up some things and continue to work hard. We got the ball on the ground and got it wide and did what we do best.
“I mean, for the first time in school history we finish unbeaten. Very excited. I tried to downplay the whole national rankings team. We won in Florida and Mississippi against some nationally ranked teams. I believe on any given day we can beat any team in the country.”
The match was the fifth consecutive postseason match-up between the two schools. St. Paul’s defeated Jesuit in the state semifinals in 2014 and in the state championship in 2011. Jesuit defeated the Wolves for the state championship in 2013 and 2012.
Suffering their first loss of the season against an in-state opponent, Jesuit finishes its season with a 20-5-4 record.