BOYS SOCCER

Washington wins Class 2A boys state soccer title

2013-11-09T19:00:00Z 2013-11-09T23:55:11Z Washington wins Class 2A boys state soccer titleTimes staff nwitimes.com
November 09, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

Arturo Aupont's header at the 97:34 mark in the second overtime gave Washington a 2-1 win over St. Ignatius for the Class 2A state title on Saturday afternoon at Hoffman Estates High School.

Aupont scored on a header with an assist from Jimmy Canedo.

"It was a corner kick and Jimmy hit me about seven yards out," Aupont said. "I headed it to the corner, to the right of the goalie and it went in."

Aupont said there was a moment of hesitation.

"I knew we had won state, but it just didn't sink in," Aupont said. "It still hasn't, but maybe by tomorrow (Sunday), it will.  It was just really great because we were a team and we played together all year."

Patriots coach Alvaro Perez said it was a great day for the program, which started in 1995.

"I'm on Cloud 9 right now," Perez said. "I can't tell you how proud I am of our kids and what they did. This was 18 years in the making and this is a great day for Chicago, Washington High School, the East Side and Hegewisch."

Canedo scored at the 47-minute mark as the Patriots (15-1-8) took a 1-0 lead, but the Wolfpack (19-6-2) tied it when Matt Quass scored at 75:13. He said his team did not lose its confidence when St. Ignatius tied it up.

"We were confident the whole game, we didn't hang our heads," Canedo said. "Coach Perez, he didn't panic either and we just went out and played. We knew it would be a tough match."

Goalkeeper Jose Leyva had five saves.

The Patriots finished the season with an eight-game winning streak and 17 straight matches without a loss. Their lone loss was 4-3 to Libertyville on Sept. 17

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