For more than 80 frenetic minutes yesterday, Georgetown Prep's Brian Joyce sprinted, scraped and slid across Satterlee-Henderson Field at St. Albans School.
The senior midfielder's relentless play left his arms and legs caked in mud and made his jersey an untucked mess. It also, however, helped the Little Hoyas end a decade of frustration.
Joyce assisted on all of Prep's goals in a 3-2 victory over St. Albans, which clinched the Little Hoyas' first Interstate Athletic Conference title since 1991. Last year Prep lost at home to St. Albans late in the year in a game that decided the conference crown.
"They beat us on our field last year and celebrated on our field," Joyce said. "We just wanted to come out and prove we're the best team in the IAC."
Joyce's hustle helped him set up Prep's final goal in the 57th minute. With the Little Hoyas up, 2-1, Joyce won a ball near midfield, juked a defender and then sprinted toward the Bulldogs' goal. Joyce slipped and fell to the ground when he attempted to cut back, but he fought back up and threaded a pass to Anthony Tijero for a score.
St. Albans went up 1-0 in the fourth minute, when Dawit Beru won a loose ball in the box and fired a shot past sliding Prep goalkeeper Nick Noble (seven saves). Prep responded with a pair of goals by Xavier Rock, both of which were set up by pinpoint through balls from Joyce.
Paul VI Upsets DeMatha
Midway through the second half of Paul VI Catholic's Washington Catholic Athletic Conference quarterfinal soccer game against top-ranked DeMatha, the Panthers' Ryan Price missed a penalty kick that would have put the game away.
After regulation and overtime ended in a 1-1 tie, however, the senior redeemed himself. On the fifth and final kick of the penalty kick tiebreaker, Price hit the game-winner. With its 4-3 shootout triumph, Paul VI knocked off the 17th-ranked team in the country and earned its first WCAC playoff victory in Coach Andrew Burk's three-year tenure.
Ed Zigo scored for Paul VI about 15 minutes into the game, and DeMatha equalized with about two minutes left. In the tiebreaker, junior goalkeeper Mike O'Donnell made two saves to set up Price's game-winning kick.
Riverdale Baptist's Orlando Wright will sign to play men's basketball at South Carolina State, and H.D. Woodson's Jameka White will sign to play girls' basketball at Marshall.
-- Jake Schaller