The Christian Brothers Academy girls soccer's first trip to the Class AA state final ended in disappointment as John Jay-East Fishkill (Section I) repeated as state champions with a 3-0 win over the Brothers at Tompkins-Cortland Community College Saturday afternoon.
After the match, CBA girls soccer coach Mike McQuatters gathered his team and implored his visibly upset players to understand that one loss shouldn't define their season.
"I told them to just remember this moment and just be proud of it," McQuatters said. "Losing this game doesn't take away what we accomplished all year long. We are going to celebrate this. I'm proud of them."
Rock-solid defense, a John Jay staple all season long, and midfielder Sam McGuire contributed to CBA's demise. McGuire was in on all three goals against the Brothers, who were trying to become the first Section III team to win a Class AA title since Baldwinsville in 2002. McGuire finished with a goal and two assists.
"They are a very talented team," McQuatters said. "They were deep at every position.
"They worked hard. They came after us and gave us problems. We just couldn't crack them we couldn't break them down which normally we are able to do."
The Patriots, Class AA's top-ranked team all season long, frustrated CBA's formidable attack with suffocating defense. Whenever the ball was near CBA's leading scorer, Alexis Koval, Patriot defenders swooped in and gave her no space to create. The Patriots (21-1) surrendered just 10 goals this year.
"I don't know if they played like that all year long but when you have five or six people back on defense it's tough," McQuatters said. "Lex had three girls around her the whole entire game."
"They played tough defense on us," Koval said. "We tried our hardest. We put it all out there."