Surging Friars one win from capturing state championship

Surging Friars one win from capturing state championship

For the first time since 2013, the Bishop Lynch men's soccer program is just one win away from hoisting a state championship trophy. That opportunity comes Friday at Waco ISD Stadium against the two-time defending state champions.

The Friars (16-3-1) face Central Catholic (14-4-1) at 2:00 pm tomorrow in the TAPPS Division 1 State Championship game, looking to not only avenge last year's semifinal loss to the Buttons, but get the program back on top for the first time since 2010.

Riding an 8-match win streak and unbeaten in their last 10, the Friars rolled through the postseason with wins over Liberty Christian (3-0), Trinity Christian (4-1), and most recently a 2-1 win over El Paso Cathedral in Tuesday's semifinals.

Jack Adams scored both goals for the Friars against Cathedral, with one assisted by Ryan Saldana. Adams also scored twice against TCA, with James Flint and Johnny Bruce each adding a goal. Anthony Medina and Mark Bernabe assisted on goals against the Trojans.

In 20 games this season, Adams has a team-high 21 goals, Bruce follows closely with 16, and Bernabe has seven. Senior goalkeeper Nico Bernal has allowed just nine goals and recorded nine shutouts. The Friars as a team have surrendered just 14 goals in 20 matches.

The Buttons have also been stingy, allowing 19 goals in 19 matches with eight shutouts. Jose Gallegos leads the team with 20 goals and Angel Bacho has a team-best 18 assists. Franco Querido has 15 goals and Sean Fleming has scored 12.