CLINTON -- St. Patrick has its first boys soccer state championship, and it made it look easy Saturday.
The Fighting Irish dominated Saturday's title game as it thumped Forest, 6-0, Saturday at Arrow Field on the Clinton High School campus.
"They were just so pumped up," St. Patrick coach Mario Camps said. "We've played so many hard teams the last four games and winning. It's just been building, building, building, so when we came in here, they were just going to lay it all out. They knew it was their last game."
Mercy Cross and St. John merged to form St. Patrick in 2008. Mercy Cross won multiple soccer state championships before the two schools merged, but St. Patrick can now claim a title of its own.
"It means a lot," St. Patrick junior forward Jared Salminen said of the school's first soccer championship. "It's one of my dreams to get a state championship and to get it for my school for the first time is a pretty big deal."
St. Patrick (14-6-1) didn't allow a goal in all four postseason contests on its way to the Class 3A/2A/1A state championship.
For Camp, it was the perfect ending to a wild season.
"We went through so much," Camps said. "It was a roller coaster ride with injuries, the ice age. You name it, we made it through. That is fantastic. They worked as a team and they just did everything, played with their hearts."
Sophomore Michael Escobar had two goals to lead a group of five St. Patrick players who found the back of the goal Saturday.
"(Escobar) is a tremendous member of our team," Camps said. "We were concerned that he might not be able to play (because of a pulled hamstring). We had a lot of key players that got hurt, but we pulled through."
St. Patrick's roster features just two seniors, a good indicator that there could be many more championships to come.
Each of the Irish's goals came from underclassmen.
"We'll be back here next year and win again next year," Escobar said.
Forest, which had one shot on goal in the first half, struggled to gain possession of the ball throughout Saturday's game.
St. Patrick keeper Nick Nimmo only had had to defend four shots on goal in the game before he was replaced with 13 minutes remaining.
Tyler Barton got the scoring going with a goal in the 17th minute of the first half.
The Irish's next two goals came via the penalty kick with Escobar and Evan Smith converting on their opportunities.
Eiland Stebly's deflection of Clark Copponex's attempt on goal gave the Fighting Irish a 4-0 lead with 11:07 left for the third goal in the span of four minutes.
Escobar and Salminen added two more goals in the third minute of the first half.
With the 6-0 lead at halftime, St. Patrick went to its bench for several substitutions in the second half.
"We worked hard, played as a team," Salminen said. "We did what we normally do, came out, played with heart."
Forest's season ends with a 14-6 record.