Freshman Haji Abdikadir scored with 4 minutes left in the first half and the defense did the rest as the Collegiate boys’ soccer team beat Bishop Brossart 1-0 in Sunday’s championship game of the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic State Tournament at the Elizabethtown Sports Park.
It marked the second All “A” title for Collegiate, which also won the event in 2010. All “A” tournaments are limited to the smallest 120 high schools in Kentucky, based on enrollment in grades 9-12.
“We’re thrilled,” Titans coach Brad Davies said. “We’re thankful the boys’ hard work resulted in being able to see the fruits of their labor.”
Collegiate (12-2-2) – ranked No. 22 in the state by MaherRankings.com – won the All “A” Seventh Region title last month and beat Walton-Verona 6-0 on Sept. 17 to reach the state tournament.
Collegiate reached the final by winning two matches Saturday, beating Bethlehem 3-1 in the quarterfinals and Owensboro Catholic 3-0 in the semifinals.
After Sunday’s shutout of No. 20 Bishop Brossart (11-3-1) in the final, Collegiate goalkeeper Harper White was named the tournament’s MVP.
“We have a sign up in our locker room that says, ‘Clean Sheets Equal State Championships,'” Davies said. “It really came down to us defending well, especially in the last 15 minutes when Bishop Brossart sent the whole house forward.”
Davies said Abdikadir’s goal, off an assist from fellow freshman Abshir Abdi, “was gorgeous.”
“He dribbled by one guy and shot from about 25 yards with his left foot,” Davies said.
Joining White and Abdikadir on the all-tournament team from Collegiate were Aaron Gabriel, Cole Lancaster and Shawn Ordichak.
With two weeks left in the regular season, Davies is hoping the All “A” title will give his team momentum as it also chases the Kentucky High School Athletic Association championship.
“We’re fortunate as a small school to get to chase two state championships each season,” Davies said. “We’ll take a few days off to enjoy the moment and then get back to work Wednesday and try to make a run at the KHSAA state tournament. That’s the Collegiate dream – to do the double.”
In the girls’ All “A” final, Owensboro Catholic beat Bethlehem 3-2 after a penalty-kick shootout.