Something changed for the Hawklets after their fateful midseason trip to St. Louis.
They dropped two of three games at the St. Louis Gateway Classic and fell below .500, but then won 16 consecutive matches including a 3-1 victory against Timberland on Saturday at Blue Springs South for the Missouri Class 3 state title.
“Their mentality changed and they had an identity when they came back from St. Louis,” said coach Chris Lawson, who won his fifth state title with the Hawklets. “We beat Liberty on Oct. 7 and never looked back. This was a special group.”
Rockhurst, 22-8-0, jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first half behind a pair of goals from Kyle McLagan in the 22nd and 33rd minutes. McLagan finished the season with 13 goals. Robert Kelly added one more in the middle off an assist from Matthew Martel.
“We were able to keep the ball and give our forwards time to have support coming from the midfield,” Lawson said. “We had five in the back and we felt like we could keep it against them if we could work it side to side and get two or three extra passes, and we would be able to get it to Kyle who is a great player.”
Travis Long scored Timberland’s lone goal with 13:35 left in the game while the Wolves were playing with just nine players following a pair of red cards.
“It feels incredible,” senior defender Ben Seitzer said. “I always knew we could do it, I just didn’t know if we would do it. We lost seven out of our eight by one goal so it wasn’t like we were out of it. We had a chance against every team we played and then we just started winning.”Class 2: St. Mary’s 3, Raytown South 0
Raytown South’s historic season came to an end on Saturday afternoon with a to St. Mary’s and a fourth-place finish in their first appearance at the Missouri Class 2 Boys Soccer Championship. The Cardinals finish the season with a 15-14-0 record.
“We beat some really good teams to get to this point and I hope that our program can build from this and make a positive step forward and not let this be a one-time thing,” Raytown South coach Dan Porter said.
Matthew Rapisardo scored two goals for St. Mary’s and Trevor Kaufmann added another while Dominic Sanguinette and Zachary Lauer combined for the shutout. The Dragons held the Cardinals to just two shots in the first half and six in the game while taking 21.
“In the first half we started really slow,” Porter said. “They knew Jason Martinez was our go-to guy up front and they did a pretty good job of slowing him down offensively.”
Martinez, who entered the game with 20 goals, had just four shots.Class 1: Southern Boone 3, St. Pius X 2
Up until the end, St. Pius had an answer every time Southern Boone scored.
It was a goal in the 63rd minute by Gage Schupp that finally sunk the Warriors in the Missouri Class 1 third-place game on Saturday at Blue Springs High School. St. Pius X finished the season 18-8-1 with its first state semifinals appearance since 2009.
“From getting knocked out before we even got to the district championship to getting to the Final Four this year is a great accomplishment for these guys,” St. Pius X coach Todd Ashby said in a phone interview.
Southern Boone took an early lead with a goal by Landon Bartel in the sixth minute, but St. Pius answered with a goal by Trevor Cissell in the 19th. Out of halftime, Gage Schupp put the Eagles back on top with a goal in the 43rd minute and again Cissell scored the equalizer. Schupp scored the winning goal 20 minutes later.
The teams were even with 11 shots and St. Pius had a slight edge with six saves compared to five from Southern Boone.