While the Maryland state finals are still a few days away, last weekend produced another champion as St. John’s topped Wilson for the DCSAA championship.
“Having a goal to win a championship, it’s awesome to see that come to fruition,” Cadets coach Sal Caccavale said after his team won on penalty kicks.
It was Masai Brown-Andrews who slotted home the game-winning shot, completing the team’s season with a championship for the first time since 1986.
“There was a lot of noise,” Brown-Andrews said of the big moment. “I’ve taken thousands of penalties before so it was just another one.”
In the Maryland brackets, River Hill will face Oakdale in the 2A championship, Magruder plays C.M. Wright at the 3A level and top-ranked Whitman will play for a 4A title against Urbana.
1. Whitman (15-1-1) Last ranked: 1
After a scoreless regulation and overtime, the Vikings beat Broadneck 4-3 in penalty kicks to punch their ticket to the state championship.
2. The Heights (16-0-1) LR: 2
The WCAC champs’ season is over.
3. River Hill (16-0-1) LR: 3
Forward Jonah Stoutenborough had two goals in the Hawks’ 3-0 win over Hereford in the Maryland 2A semifinals.
4. Broadneck (15-2-1) LR: 4
The Bruins took Whitman to overtime but ultimately saw their season end in penalty kicks.
5. Magruder (15-2-0) LR: 6
Ivan Meza’s free kick was the difference in the Colonels’ 1-0 semifinal win over J.M. Bennett.
6. St. John’s (12-3-2) LR: NR
The Cadets’ DCSAA win was a bounce back effort after their early quarterfinal exit in the WCAC playoffs.
7. Bladensburg (10-5-0) LR: 5
The Mustangs were shut out in a 2-0 semifinal loss to Urbana.
8. Bowie (16-1-0) LR: 7
The Bulldogs scored three or more goals in a game 11 times this year.
9. Gaithersburg (13-1-1) LR: 8
For the second year in a row, the Trojans’ season ended against an eventual state finalist.
10. Wootton (12-1-2) LR: 9
Junior Andy Ram finished the year with 12 goals and 4 assists for the Patriots.
Dropped out: No. 8 Washington International (16-2-2)
Kyle Melnick contributed to this story.