The dynasty continues.
Behind a stellar defensive performance, the St. Stanislaus boys soccer team edged past Amory 1-0 to claim the MHSAA Boys Class 4A state championship at Brandon’s Bulldog Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It’s the Rockachaws’ fourth state championship in the last five years and ninth state title overall.
“We demand control of the game and we did that, but we did what we’ve done all year. We pressed on offense and shots in cross and finally a shot to go through,” said St. Stanislaus coach Danny Patton. “The guys did eventually figure it out and found a way to get the job done.”
St. Stanislaus (19-3-1) pretty much dominated with possession, outshooting Amory 13-3 and Patton said that had been the case all year long.
“Just couldn’t put the ball in the goal and something we’ve struggled with all year,” Patton said. “But we got the job done. Accountability and discipline is what got us to this point and give Amory credit, they were a good team and played with a lot of class.”
The lone goal came in the 69th minute for St. Stanislaus.
Beau Rimmer scored on a header off a free kick from Carter Landry.
“It was a great ball from Landry and Brandon Elkins headed up to where the goalie couldn’t grab the ball and I finished,” Rimmer said. “I wanted to go out with a bang and finish my senior year with a state championship and did just that.”
Amory only had one scoring chance in the first half, but the shot went wide of the goal.
The Rockachaws can now look forward to next season. With only four seniors moving on, St. Stanislaus will be once again to be clear cut favorite in 4A.
“Everyone kept doubting us this year and kept saying next year was our year,” Patton said. “Well we proved a lot of them wrong and will go back to work to get back here next year.”