On Nov. 11, the SJC boys’ varsity soccer team defeated Wilson High School to win the DCSAA championship – the program’s first championship since 1986!
The Cadets defeated #1 seed Washington International School 10-0 in the semifinal game en route to taking on Wilson at Catholic University for the title. The championship battle was a back-and-forth game, with both teams playing at a very high intensity. Wilson took an early lead 10 minutes in, but St. John’s equalized with a Matthew Surette ’19 strike about 10 minutes later. The game was tied 1-1 at the half.
The Cadets came back out and controlled possession for much of the second half. With five minutes remaining, the score stood at 3-2 in St. John’s favor. Wilson found yet another equalizer with two minutes left in regulation. Scoreless through two 10-minute overtime periods, the game headed to a shootout.
SJC goalkeeper Tommy Symer ’21 made a save on the Tigers’ first shot. Pandelis Margaronis ’21 scored first in the shootout to give St. John’s a 1-0 lead, and the Cadets never looked back. Symer made two more saves in the shootout, and two additional SJC goals were scored by Surette and Masai Brown-Andrews ’21, who had the winning goal.
Championship Match Highlights:
Goals: Matthew Surette ’19 (2) and Pandelis Margaronis ’21
Assists: Pandelis Margaronis ’21 (2)
3 PKs saved by goalkeeper Tommy Symer ’21
Winning PK by Masai Brown-Andrews ’21
MVP: Pandelis Margaronis ’21 (finished season with 20 goals and 18 assists)
“The final was a great game. I knew the players would do whatever it took to lift a trophy at the end of the day! They all played their hearts out,” said Head Coach Sal Caccavale. “Our goal for next season is to win both the WCAC championship and defend our DCSAA title. My staff and my players will tell you, ‘We are happy, but never satisfied.’”