Gonzaga 3, Carroll 1
Gonzaga played a man short for more than 50 minutes of its Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys' semifinal game against Carroll yesterday, but senior Jarrett Thomas made up for the difference.
Thomas scored all three goals for eighth-ranked Gonzaga in the Eagles' 3-1 win at RFK Auxiliary Field.
Gonzaga (13-4), the two-time defending WCAC champion, advanced to the tournament final to face St. John's or Paul VI Catholic, who will meet today.
"When we lost a man, I felt my heart drop," said Thomas, who has 21 goals this season. "There's no way I could've gotten three goals, with a man down, losing 1-0, without my teammates. I give all the credit to them."
With Gonzaga trailing 1-0, junior midfielder Andres McAlister received a red card in the 28th minute. Thomas scored his first goal less than two minutes later, on an assist from senior midfielder David Alverado, to tie the game.
The teams remained tied until the 68th minute, when Thomas found space down the left side, evaded two defenders and sent the ball into the right side of the goal. His final goal came in the game's 80th minute, when Carroll had most of its players pushed up on offense.
Carroll (8-4-2) concluded its most successful season in more than 15 years. The Lions had not had advanced to the tournament semifinals since 1977, and had not had a winning season in 15 years, according to Carroll Coach Glen Diaz, who is in his third year. "We had an excellent season," Diaz said. "If you think of this team, four years ago, the scores were double-digits every game. It was a good year for us, an excellent year."