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Boerne defeats Celina 2-1, claims second straight UIL Class 4A State title

GEORGETOWN – For the second straight season, the Boerne boys soccer workforce has made historical past.

Junior Jess Gonzales scored the game-winning aim halfway via the primary time beyond regulation interval, because the Greyhounds defeated Celina within the UIL Class 4A State championship recreation 2-1 to assert their second consecutive state title at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown on Friday afternoon. Boerne defeated Diamond Hill-Jarvis 3-1 within the 2021 title recreation almost one full year in the past.

“I just can’t wrap my head around it,” senior Sam Theiss defined. “We’ve just won twice here in my last two years of high school. I got knocked out in the second round of the playoffs my freshman year. I never expected this at all. It’s just surreal. I’m closer with these guys more than ever. I don’t think I’ll ever find a better group of guys.”

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“It’s something we’ve been talking about since the beginning of district play,” fellow senior Landon Murphy defined. “It’s what every senior soccer player asks for. To go out and play to the last day possible and to win on the last day is absolutely huge.”

After Celina pulled forward 1-0 early within the first half on a controversial penalty kick, Murphy was credited with the equalizer within the twenty sixth minute of play on a nook kick which will have grazed the top of junior Joe Ballenger on its method in direction of the web. Despite the Greyhounds dominating nearly all of play all through the second half, neither workforce discovered the again of the web for the rest of regulation because of some stellar saves from each goalkeepers. Junior Noah LeMaster notched 5 saves, together with some outstanding diving stops, to assist power time beyond regulation. He was named the event’s MVP.

“The past three games, we’ve fallen behind early because of our mistakes, so I really wasn’t worried at all,” LeMaster stated. “We were able to play more relaxed because we had already done it before.”

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“They don’t lose their cool, and they don’t lose their minds like me on the sideline,” head coach Michael Strong stated. “They’re so calm, collected and composed, and they trust in each other. They know that no matter what happens, they’re going to be in the game. Just trust the process, trust in each other, and it showed through again. They gave up an early goal, and we were able to come back from it.”

Boerne turns into the primary program from the larger San Antonio space to win back-to-back state soccer championships. The Greyhounds completed the season with a 27-2-1 total document.

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