Late goal gives Lady Friars first state soccer title since 2015

Late goal gives Lady Friars first state soccer title since 2015

It's been said once or twice that defense wins championships. As true as that may be, it also takes some execution on the other side of the ball, and the Lady Friars got just enough to put away St. Agnes on Saturday and win the 2019 TAPPS Division 1 Women's Soccer State Championship.

The Lady Friars (19-5-0) gave St. Agnes the same treatment it had to their other three playoff opponents, not allowing a single goal while coming up with a clutch play when it was needed most. Bishop Lynch went 320 consecutive minutes in the postseason without allowing a goal, outscoring its playoff opponents 9-0.

With just four minutes left in a scoreless contest, Alexis Sanders and Mallory Johnson combined to create an opportunity for Jaida Thomas, who capitalized with the only goal on the match, one that secured the Lady Friars' fifth state title in program history and first since 2015.

Madison White made 10 saves in notching her 16th shutout of the season. Thomas' goal was her 39th of the season while the assist was Johnson's 25th and 13th for Sanders. All four girls – White, Thomas, Johnson, and Sanders – capped off phenomenal careers with the ultimate prize.

Cati Cabra, Nikki Chamagua, Brianna Corrie, Andrea Marentes, and Haley Howe also ended their high school careers with a state championship.