FORT WAYNE – Hes not always the master of understatement, but give him a chance and Canterbury boys soccer coach Greg Mauch will take a shot at it.
We had a pretty good day, he said Saturday evening.
And it wasnt bad, either, considering the Cavaliers, who beat No. 2 Bishop Luers en route to the regional title last week, shut out No. 1 Guerin Catholic 2-0 to win the Class A Laville Semistate and punch a ticket to the state finals next weekend.
Jacob Fritz scored in the first 10 minutes and Britt Watts in the last 50 seconds to give goalkeeper Chase Walker and the defense all the help they needed to get past Guerin.
Fritz scored off a pass from Rece Buckmaster, turning and striking the ball home with a defender on his back. A long, long time later, Watts put the final flourish on things with a run down the right side and a rocket to the back post.
He just got on his horse and ran by everybody and hit a beautiful shot to the back post low, Mauch said. It was a great finish.
It was also the culmination of a big day for Watts. He scored twice in a 4-2 victory over Bethany Christian in the morning round.
Yeah, we had a little bit of an issue in the morning we werent happy with, but we cleaned them up, Mauch said. Guerins a good team. We feel pretty good about shutting them out.
ARGOS SEMISTATE: Mishawaka Marian beat Bishop Luers 4-1 in the title match to advance to the Class A state finals.
Luers reached the finals with a 2-0 victory over host Argos in the morning round. Mayson Whitman and Jordan Turpchinoff scored for Luers.
SB ST. JOSEPH SEMISTATE: Crown Point knocked out Bishop Dwenger 3-2 in the semifinals.
NORTHROP SECTIONAL: It took five sets, but Carroll finally got by Snider to win the championship, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-10. Jocie Bolinger and Charlotte Conser each had 16 kills for the Chargers, who also got 25 digs from Taylor James and 15 from Conser.
Somer Johnson led Snider with 23 kills, 18 digs and three service aces. The Panthers beat East Noble to reach the finals while Carroll took out DeKalb.
CONCORDIA SECTIONAL: The host Cadets knocked out SAC rival Bishop Dwenger in the morning and then took down Woodlan, 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 to claim the title in the evening. The 1-2 punch of Tionna Williams and Erica Shively led the way for the Cadets, with Williams nailing 20 kills and Shively 15. DeJour Young and Olivia Hahn had 14 digs apiece.
Tori Bontrager had 12 kills to lead Woodlan.
BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN SECTIONAL: The host Braves rolled to the championship over Lakewood Park Christian, 25-23, 25-19, 25-18. Marta Bleed led Blackhawk Christian with nine kills and McKenzie Buhr had eight, and three other Braves had at least three. Sara Miller had 19 digs and Summer Sordelet 15.
Brittan Carnahan led Lakewood Park Christian with eight kills.
FAIRFIELD SECTIONAL: The host Falcons beat Wawasee 25-7, 25-10, 25-7 in the championship match. Haley Brown had 17 kills for Fairfield, who is 33-1.
BLUFFTON SECTIONAL: Adams Central knocked off Bluffton 25-12, 25-16, 25-13 to win the title.
NORWELL SECTIONAL: Bellmont claimed the title 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 over Mississinewa.
SOUTH SIDE SECTIONAL: Huntington North swept to the title with a 25-17, 25-17, 25-10 victory over the host Archers.