It only took one goal, but it was enough to propel the Classical High School boys soccer team to win the Division II state championship on Veterans Day, November 11.
Sophomore Sam Bush scored the game’s only goal, making this state championship Classical’s fourth in five seasons, in a night game played at Rhode Island College.
The win came exactly one week after the Purple girls won the state field hockey crown on Election Day.
According to soccer Coach Ryan Cafferty, the team played excellent defense all season anchored by senior goalie Noah Kim, who allowed only three goals all season.
Outgoing seniors are Luis Molina, Devon Callahan, Josiah Tolbert, Guillermo Funes, Donte Correia, Kelvin Morales, Arron French, Henry Young and Billy O’Gara. The junior varsity and co-coach is Richard Peters, a physical education and health teacher at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School.
Cafferty, who teaches physical education and health at Classical, credited the Classical community for their support of the team. “The support we receive from (Principal) Mr. (Scott) Barr and his administrative team as well as from Bob Palazzo, the athletic director, cannot be understated. They were at the final with a great crowd of community support that really pushed the kids to work hard to make the school and city proud.”