It wasn’t a shock to see the Collegiate boys soccer team sweep through the All “A” Classic state tournament over the weekend, but the Titans did surprise themselves with the relative ease with which they captured the title.
Collegiate won its three games by a combined score of 29-1, including an 11-1 victory over Lexington Christian in Sunday’s final at Capital View Park in Frankfort, Kentucky.
“It’s been a goal all year to win the All ‘A,’ and we really never second-guessed that we would do it,” Titans coach Chad Wozniak said. “That’s not to sound cocky, but the guys were confident. … I don’t think they knew they’d mercy-rule two teams, but they knew they’d take home the title.”
It marked the second All “A” title for the Titans, who also took home the crown in 2014. All “A” events are limited to the smallest 120 high schools in Kentucky, based on enrollments in grades 9-12.
Collegiate (15-1-1) won twice Saturday to reach the final, beating Clinton County 10-0 in the quarterfinals and Newport Central Catholic 8-0 in the semifinals. On Sunday, Haji Abdikadir and Cameron Wheeler both scored three goals to lead the rout of Lexington Christian.
Wheeler was named the tournament’s MVP, and teammates Mirza Ugarak, Evan Konermann, Abshir Abdi and Abdikadir were named to the all-tournament team.
“We’re on a little wave, and we’re just riding it now,” said Wozniak, whose team has won 14 straight matches. “We realize now that we have something special going on.”
Holy Cross also reached the state tournament, falling to Newport Central Catholic 3-0 in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Owensboro Catholic beat Murray 3-2 in Sunday’s girls final.
The Collegiate boys will return to action this weekend in the St. Louis Gateway Tournament at Columbia (Illinois) High School. The Titans will open play Friday against Granite City (Illinois), which is Wozniak’s alma mater.
Collegiate also is looking forward to the start of district tournament play Oct. 10 and a possible rematch with St. Xavier, which handed the Titans their only loss (3-1) on Aug. 18. Collegiate currently is ranked No. 1 in the state by MaherRankings.com and No. 20 in the nation by MaxPreps.com.
“The guys really want to face St. X again in the district and prove to the rest of the state that they deserve the recognition they’re getting,” Wozniak said.