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Boys Soccer Playoffs-Class 2A: Washington tops Marist in sectional final

By Steve Millar
Correspondent

A fast start had Marist believing it was about to win its first sectional championship since 1999.

The RedHawks, however, could not sustain their momentum as Washington rallied for a 3-1 win in the Class 2A Marist Sectional championship game on Oct. 30.

“It’s hard to beat a good team twice,” Marist coach Sean Maxwell said. “Things don’t always bounce your way and it stinks when it’s end of the season, especially for those seniors. You hate to see those balls bounce against you.”

Second-seeded Washington (17-4-2) avenged a 3-2 regular-season loss to the top-seeded RedHawks (14-8-2) and advanced to the Brother Rice Supersectional against Peyton.

Marist struck first less than three minutes in. Senior midfielder Marc Anthony Carreon took a free kick from 30 yards on the right side and played a ball toward the near post.

Junior Christian Chavez crashed in and got his head on it, redirecting it into the net to make it 1-0 early.

“Marc had a set piece and I knew it’d go first post so I read the ball and knew once it was on my head, I just had to place it in another way to throw off the goalie,” Chavez said. “I got enough to flick it off and throw him off. It already had the power. I just had to steer it a little.”

Carreon gave Chavez the credit for the strong finish.

“I didn’t put the greatest ball in there,” he said. “I put the ball in and Christian made a great run to the first post. He flicked it in.

“I thought we really had it there.”

Marist, though, made a crucial mistake nine minutes later when it was called for a handball in the box.

RedHawks goalkeeper Vincent Tuminello made the initial save on Julian Martinez’s penalty kick, but Martinez was able to poke in the rebound to tie it.

Marist had a couple good chances to take the lead early in the second half. Liam Bennett sent a header high off a free kick from Carreon and Danny Olsen ripped a shot off the crossbar off Carreon’s cross.

It stayed 1-1 until 12:28 remained in the game, when Christian Aparicio broke free down the middle of the field and scored for Washington.

The Patriots’ Angelo Williams added an insurance goal with 2:05 left.

It was a heartbreaking end for Marist’s 15 seniors.

“We all knew we had a special group around us,” Carreon said. “We had 15 seniors. A lot of us had experience. We all knew we’d have a great run.

“It meant a lot to me. Obviously, I love these guys. I love my team. We’re going home, but as a team, we really thought we were going to go far. It’s a hard one to swallow.”

In the sectional semifinal, senior Conor Cooke produced a hat trick in the second half to lead Marist to a 6-3 win over Goode.

Cooke scored three times in less than 11 minutes.

“I’ve never had a game like that,” Cooke said. “It was just a great momentum change and we really needed it. We have to take advantage of what we’re good at and we’re good at set pieces.”

Carreon added a goal and an assist, while Chavez and Bennett also scored in what would end up being Marist’s final victory of the season.

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