Back on Sept. 12, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes forward Graham Guidry scored a first-half goal against eventual WCAC runner-up Gonzaga, which at the time marked his seventh tally of the season. Then the lightning came, and both teams were forced to leave the field. The postponed match was never made up, and the goal was nullified. Had it counted, Guidry would’ve ended up with 28 goals – the same amount that his father scored one season at Bishop Ireton in the early 1980s, a mark he coveted.
But goal totals hardly mattered Friday night in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association title match in Richmond against Cape Henry. Guidry scored the game’s only goal, but that was hardly the point; the 1-0 win marked the first VISAA title in school history for the Saints (19-2-2), who also captured the IAC regular season and tournament titles.
“To finally win it, that meant so much,” Guidry said. “We knew we aren’t as familiar with Cape Henry and Collegiate, since they’re not in our league and we don’t get to play them that much. We just stuck to our game plan. A lot of hard work and teamwork, and the goals came with that.”
St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes posted eight straight wins to end the season, and posted clean sheets over Christchurch, Collegiate and Cape Henry to win the VISAA tournament last week. For Guidry, it capped one of the more offensively productive campaigns of any player in the area. He scored goals in 18 of 23 matches, including seven multi-goal games and three hat tricks. He posted seven assists. And he scored when it mattered most. He had the game-winner in overtime against Landon earlier this season, and he had another clincher in an overtime against Georgetown Prep that gave the Saints the regular season IAC title – then scored four goals in five postseason matches.
Guidry said that he is still sorting out college interest from six schools, including N.C. State, George Washington, William & Mary, James Madison, Mary Washington and Christopher Newport. He’ll make a decision within the next two months, he said.
“I’ve been on a steady slope of improvement. Every year, I’ve just been focused on improving my game,” Guidry said. “And it’s just gotten better and better.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 21
The number of state field hockey titles Severna Park has now won after the Falcons defeated Wootton 4-1 in Saturday’s 4A championship.
– DeMatha and St. Johns will meet in next week’s WCAC Championship after surviving against rivals in a pair of thrillers at Byrd Stadium Sunday.
– River Hill’s Sheridan Street was brilliant again Saturday, sending her team back to the 3A girls’ soccer state title game against Huntingtown next week.
– Nick Jackson made a key switch late in the match to help Sidwell Friends capture the DCSAA boys’ soccer crown in penalty kicks against St. Albans.
–Whitman continued its sensational postseason run with a penalty kick goal in the 89th minute to defeat River Hill in the Maryland 4A girls’ soccer state semifinals Saturday.—-Here is a complete breakdown of the football playoff pairings in Maryland and Virginia.
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WHAT TO WATCH
Volleyball: Maryland 2A semifinals at Ritchie Coliseum, 6 and 8 p.m.
Two area teams will be in action tonight, with Poolesville (17-0) vs. Rising Sun at 6 p.m. and Hereford vs. Patuxent (13-3) in the nightcap. Poolesville is led by Rosie Barry, who has 231 kills this year, while Patuxent has won 11 straight and is fresh off a 3-0 win over Southern.