Not many teams have turned an 0-6 start into a county championship. But that’s exactly what the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School boys soccer team did Saturday night, defeating Perry Meridian 4-0 at North Central in the final of the Marion County tournament.
The Braves now have a 9-7 record and a new trophy to add to the trophy case.
“It was a rough start, but we had a team meeting midway through the year and just decided we were going to start putting everything into the game,” senior forward Joe Froehle said.
First-year coach Carlos Zavaleta added: “We’re finally, little by little, progressing. I’ve always said we’re going to peak when we get to the end of the season, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Froehle — who scored in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Franklin Central earlier in the day — led the relentless Brebeuf attack with three goals. He scored twice in the first 17 minutes and picked up the hat trick with 10 minutes left in the second half.
“He’s a tremendous talent,” Zavaleta said. “A lot of opportunities he creates on his own. He’s a natural scorer.”
Ryan Morelock and Brendan McAulay assisted on Froehle’s first and third scores, respectively. Clay Bowes added the fourth goal in the closing seconds.
Winning the county title was a major accomplishment in the minds of the Brebeuf upperclassmen, who still had fresh memories of last year’s frustrating finish.
“We didn’t win it last year; we had a disappointing loss to Ben Davis,” Morelock said. “So it’s a big deal to come out here and win it and win convincingly.”
North Central girls win
In the girls’ final, a pair of first-half goals in quick succession propelled North Central (9-6-2) past Roncalli 3-0.
Senior Chandler Turner found sophomore Rebekah Crone to open the scoring at 28:06. Less than 2 minutes later, Crone set up freshman Miyah Watford for the Panthers’ second score. Watford capped the scoring in the game’s final minute.
Saturday night’s final was the culmination of a dramatic tournament run for the Panthers. They upset No. 13 Brebeuf 1-0 in the quarterfinals Wednesday night, then beat Lawrence North 3-2 in overtime in Saturday morning’s semifinal. Roncalli upset No. 20 Warren Central in the other semifinal.
“This is a testimony to the program we have at North Central,” coach Habib Diatta said. “We have a great community, great school, great kids, so I’m really happy for them.”