St. Vincent girls soccer coach Todd Strattman was at a lost for words.
The Indians scored early and hung on late in a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame-St. Louis in the Class 3, District 1 title game at Windsor High School on Saturday. The victory sealed St. Vincent’s second Class 3 district title in the last three seasons.
“I thought we played great,” Strattman said. “The girls did exactly what we asked of them and they have all year to get to this point. I don’t know what else to say.”
The season for St. Vincent (16-4) has been a flurry of successes as the young team has won eight of the last nine games since a pair of losses to Windsor and Cape-Notre Dame in mid-April.
Through all those victories, Strattman did not get look too far ahead.
“I thought we could win this game at about 3:30 this morning when I woke up,” he said.
St. Vincent scored three first-half goals, and the Indians looked primed to cruise to a victory, but the Rebels made a charge.
The Rebels were called offsides on a pass that would have set up a breakaway. That was just a precursor of things to come as Anna Pagano scored on a free kick from right outside the 18-yard box to narrow the margin to 3-1. Notre Dame-St. Louis kept the pressure on for the rest of the half with a shot that was wide right in the 70th minute, and nearly scored another time with about five minutes left in regulation.
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