The first state final weekend for the 2012-13 winter season was highlighted by a three-goal, three-assist boys’ soccer performance, a state record-tying blowout, a team winning its ninth title in 11 years and a coach winning boys and girls titles on the same day in Mississippi, and a clash of perennial girls’ soccer powers in Hawaii.
EliteSoccerReport.com recaps the weekend’s state finals:
Division I: Jill Shimabuku scored twice to lead Iolani to a 3-1 win over Punahou in a battle of the state’s most decorated programs. Iolani claimed its fourth title overall, first since 1999. Iolani trails only Punahou, which has 11 state titles. Shimabuku was named MVP for the event. Iolani ended the year at 14-1-1, while Punahou was 13-3-1, with all three losses to Iolani.
Division II: Julie Khil and Taylor Higa each scored a goal as Mid-Pacific claimed a third straight state title with a 2-0 win over Hawaii Prep. Mid-Pacific, which plays in the Division I-dominated ILH, was the top seed in the Division II tournament despite a 4-7-1 regular season record. The state title allowed the program to square off its record at 7-7-1.
Class 6A: Gillian Watson scored all three goals as Madison Central defeated Ocean Springs 3-0 in the state final. Madison Central, which lost both of its matches against out-of-state opponents, ended 20-3-1. Madison Central did not allow a goal in four postseason matches.
Class 5A: Hunter Stewart and Edward Terry netted the goals as Oxford surprised perennial power Pearl 2-0 in the final. Oxford ended the season at 17-3-3, while denying Pearl a ninth state title.
Class 4A: Rafael Vidana scored three goals and assisted on the other three as Pontotoc defeated West Lauderdale 6-2. Pontotoc finished the year 19-3-1, and Vidana, a junior, ended with 29 goals.
Class 1A-2A-3A: Jon Moreno scored three goals and Austin Robbins had two as Sacred Heart rolled to an 8-0 win over Philadelphia, matching the largest margin of victory in a Mississippi high school state final.
Class 6A: Delaney Gustafson and Ashton Stennis scored to lead Ocean Springs to a 2-0 win over Tupelo for the program’s first state title. Ocean Springs rolled through four rounds of the playoffs without allowing a goal. Ocean Springs finished 19-4-2.
Class 5A: Mary Ashton Lembo’s goal and the defense of Division I-bound Rhae’Ven Ellis and Olivia Travis lifted Ridgeland to a 1-0 victory over South Jones for the program’s ninth state title in the program’s 11th year of existence. Ridgeland finished the year at 15-3-6.
Class 4A: Lindy Tabor and Ali Sullivan scored to lead Florence to a 2-0 win over West Lauderdale and send off coach Gray Massey with a third state title, second in a row with the girls team. For the past eight years, Massey – who also has a boys’ state title with Florence in 2011 – has coached the school’s boys and girls programs. He is taking a college coaching job next school year. Florence finished 16-5-3.
Class 1A-2A-3A: Sacred Heart got goals from four players in a 4-1 state final win over South Pontotoc, marking the first title for the Sacred Heart girls. The team is coached by Joe Falla Sr., who also coached Sacred Heart to a boys’ state title Saturday. Sacred Heart finished 17-3.