Team repeats as Class 1-A State Champions
What a great time to be a Marian Knight: On Saturday, Oct. 29, the boys soccer team completed its journey of back-to-back state championships with a 4-0 victory over Providence High School at Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI.
The team finished the 2016 season with an 18-5 record. In addition, several team members won NIC honors. They are:
First Team — Max Frausto, Cristian Juarez and Oscar Tavarez
Second Team — Jordan Morris and Johnathan Tavarez
Honorable Mention — Ned Morrison
The road to the championship started with the Class 1-A sectional at Newton Park in Lakeville, where the Knights defeated LaVille 4-0 on Oct. 3. They beat Elkhart Christian 5-2 on Oct. 5, and Bethany Christian 5-0 on Oct. 8.
Regional competition consisted of two games. The Knights bested Gary Andrean 2-0 on Oct. 13, and then North White High School 3-1 on Oct.15. This was the sixth regional title in school history for boys soccer.
The Knights defeated Westview High School 3-0 and Heritage Christian 4-1 in semistate competition on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Argos High School, which put them on a journey to Indianapolis on Oct. 29 for their second opportunity to win a state championship. The boys took on Providence High School for the Class 1-A championship at 10:30 a.m., and goals were scored by Junior Ontiveros; Johnathan Tavarez; and Jordan Morris, who had two. An excellent defensive effort, lead by the goal keeping of Hunter Renner, held down the high-scoring Providence team that had racked up 32 goals in their previous six tournament games.
Congratulations to Coach Ben Householter and the boys on a terrific accomplishment. An assembly has been scheduled in their honor, in Marian’s main gym, on Nov. 11 from 2:30-3 p.m. Parents, friends and community members are encouraged to attend.
The Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, expressed pride and joy at the team’s accomplishments and their victory at the state championship game.
“I know that it came as the result of much hard work and the excellent skills of the players and coaches,” he said. “I am especially proud of the team’s good sportsmanship and representation of the mission and values of Marian High School. To the team and coaches and to all your supporters, including the whole community of Marian High School, I say congratulations. I am proud of you and so is the whole Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. May God bless you with His grace and Mary our mother watch over you!”
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