Last fall, St. Ignatius (Cleveland) shared the Super 25 championship for fall boys soccer.
This time, the Wildcats get the honor all to themselves.
St. Ignatius finished the season ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/National Soccer Coaches Association of America Super 25 for fall boys soccer on the heels of a third consecutive OHSAA Division 1 state championship.
St. Ignatius finished 21-0-2 and beat St. Charles (Columbus), 2-1, in the state final. Despite the score, St. Ignatius had a 23-6 advantage in shots.
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The state is the eighth in school history, the most by any Ohio school over three divisions.
“They are wonderful kids, they are great soccer players and the impact that they have left on this program is tremendous,” St. Ignatius coach Mike McLaughlin told cleveland.com after the title game. “This year, the focus was ‘legacy.’ That’s what everything was about. Leaving their legacy on this program.”
Among those who left a lasting legacy is American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection Stephen Milhoan, who had 31 goals this season and a school-record 80 for his career.
Boulder, the Colorado 5A state champion, finished No. 2 with a 20-0 record. Boulder won the state title after a whopping 14 rounds of penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation.
Lower Dauphin (Hummelstown, Pa.) went 28-0 and won the state Class AAA title to finish No. 3. Stillwater Regional (Minn.) went 24-0 to win the Class AA state title and finish No. 4. Dodge City (Kan.) comes in at No. 5 with a 21-0 record and the 6A state championships.
Three teams that had been ranked earlier in the season rejoined the rankings for the final Super 25: No. 10 Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.), No. 22 Moses Brown (Providence, R.I.) and No. 24 Somers (N.Y.).
In all, 19 states were represented in the final Super 25 led by four teams from New York and two from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.