Grapevine Faith won its fourth consecutive TAPPS Division II boys soccer state title Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Awty International School of Houston, which hosted the event.
The Lions came out like three-time defending champs, scoring two goals in the first 16 minutes.
“I think we surprised Awty with how quick and how fast and strong we were,” Faith coach Matt McKinney said.
Awty made it 2-1 later in the first half on a corner kick, but the Lions held on for the remainder.
“We have a strong defense that hasn’t always been tested this season. Today, they were tested and they rose to the occasion,” McKinney said.
He also noted that the final whistle allowed him to exhale after a season in which the Lions were expected to accomplish big things.
“It was a sigh of relief because expectations were high for us this year and we knew,” he said. “To be able to do what we’ve done really solidifies the legacy that we were trying to have the seniors leave for the school. We have definitely made our mark.”
Nolan falls short
Fort Worth Nolan Catholic had its bid for a fourth consecutive TAPPS Division I boys state title come up short in the semifinals late Friday night.
In a game delayed for more than an hour because the previous game went into double overtime, the Vikings also found themselves playing extra soccer. Nolan lost to San Antonio Central Catholic 2-1 on a game-winner that came in the last minute of the second overtime period.
Nolan scored 17 minutes in, and held a 1-0 lead until late in regulation when Central tied the score with just over five minutes to play.
“Leading 1-0 with five or sux minutes left, it’s always disappointing to let that slip,” Nolan coach Adam Clementson said. “The boys gave everything the whole weekend and the whole season. We were carrying a few injuries, but there was no lack of commitment. They never gave up.”
Despite the loss, Clementson is proud of the Vikings’ run.
“It was obviously a disappointment, but we’ve had a lot of success over previous years and I think the majority of teams would want to swap places with us,” he said. “It’s tough, but we’ve got to take our lessons from it.”