Almost six hours before the start of the Virginia 5A boys’ soccer championship Sunday, Broad Run’s JP Reategui and his 12 fellow seniors were participating in their school’s graduation ceremony.

But there wasn’t a whole lot to celebrate, at least not yet. The only thing on Reategui’s mind was the state championship game against Albemarle.

“I was in my chair all jittery,” Reategui said. “I couldn’t think of anything that was going on.”

But at around 9:30 p.m., when the referee’s final whistle blew at Robinson, Reategui, the senior class and all of the Spartans teammates could finally celebrate. Broad Run won its first state championship by defeating Albemarle, 3-2. Reategui accounted for all three goals.

It was the greatest day of the senior forward’s life, he said, and a memory he’ll cherish for years to come.

“We’ve never been here before,” Reategui said. “To even win it, make history with Broad Run, it’s a very happy moment.”

There was a different feel to this game compared to previous Spartans games. A self-proclaimed “loud team,” as Reategui put it, many of the Spartans’ players arrived to Robinson following a post-graduation meal more focused than usual and a lot quieter. Albemarle jumped out to a 2-1 halftime lead, with Reategui scoring Broad Run’s first goal off an assist from senior Zach Poretz, in the 16th minute.

At the half, the sense of urgency among them grew, with Coach Jonathan Hicks offering up some second half adjustments. When it came time to resume play, the Spartans huddled for the final halftime chant of the 2014 season.

All year, the team broke down the huddle with, “One, two, three, Spartans.”

This time, it was, “One, two, three, family.”

“We’ve been playing together since we were 3,” senior goalkeeper Andrew Davies said. “It’s unbelievable the chemistry we have. I can’t be happier to be with anybody else but this team.”

The Spartans played with more aggression in the game’s final 40 minutes and controlled possession. Reategui was fouled in the Albemarle box and scored his penalty kick to tie the game at 2-2 in the 48th minute.

Broad Run continued to apply pressure, and in the 69th minute, the Patriots cracked. Reategui capped his hat trick with a goal from a perfectly placed pass by senior Evan Kalaris.

With the clock winding down in the game’s final seconds, the Broad Run student section — many still wearing their maroon caps and gowns from graduation — began chanting the melody from The White Stripes’ song “Seven Nation Army.”. When the game ended, the Spartans fans rushed the field to celebrate with their team.

“You want to pay attention because it’s your high school graduation,” Davies said of his busy day. “But this game, compared to graduation, is a whole different story.”