High School Sports

St. Patrick dominates, wins second 1A-2A-3A title in three years

BOB SMITH/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD 
 St. Patrick's Chris Collins (20 ) heads a ball during the MHSAA Soccer State 1A-2A-3A Championship held in Clinton Saturday February 6th 2016. (For the Sun Herald/Bob Smith)
BOB SMITH/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD St. Patrick's Chris Collins (20 ) heads a ball during the MHSAA Soccer State 1A-2A-3A Championship held in Clinton Saturday February 6th 2016. (For the Sun Herald/Bob Smith) Bob Smith

CLINTON -- The score made not have showed, but it was pretty much a one sided affair.

Behind a dominant offensive performance St. Patrick held off SE Lauderdale 2-1 to claim the MHSAA Boys Class 1A/2A/3A state championship at Clinton's Arrow Field on Saturday afternoon.

It is the Fighting Irish (15-5-1) second state championship in three years, the other came two years ago.

"The problem we had early was the wind wasn't in our favor and we were nervous," said St. Patrick coach Mario Camps. "But hey I am proud of the guys for the way they played and bought us back another state championship."

Luke Seichnaydre scored the first goal with minutes left in the first half for St. Patrick on a shot from about 35 yards out.

"I feel like early we weren't taking enough shots and the shots we were taking we weren't finishing," Seichnaydre said. "On my goal I just took a shot a chance on shooting just cause we weren't getting enough shots and it went in."

Two and half minutes later St. Patrick's Michael Escobar scored on a free kick to give the Fighting Irish a commanding 2-0 lead.

"We came out and played as a team, did what we had to do to bring home the state championship," said Escobar who has signed to play soccer at Southwest Community College. "I saw the left post open on my free kick so I took the shot. Senior year for me so it feels great to go out on top."

The Irish had plenty more chances to put the ball in the net. St. Patrick had at least three shots hit the cross bar.

"Got into big of hurry taking shots and that is wide they were wide of the net or hitting the post," Camps said. "Administration gives me a some freedom so the success comes from the kids just buying in."

SE Lauderdale only managed to record four shots on goal.

Andres Alonso scored the lone goal for the Tigers (14-5-2), the defending 1A/2A/3A state champs.

"I feel like we just didn't play very well," said SE Lauderdale coach Mike Thomas. "I think it is great we made a comeback in the end, just waited too late."

  Comments