Varsity Kansas

Clifton lifts Northwest to 6A soccer title match

TOPEKA — With a minute to play in Saturday's Class 6A boys soccer championship, it appeared overtime would decide a winner.

But a corner kick from Northwest's Addie Pauler landed in front of the goal and a shot attempt in the goalie's box found the hand of an Olathe South defender, drawing a red card.

David Lucio has had the role of taking penalty kicks all season for Northwest. His shot Saturday hit off the crossbar and landed behind the goal line, giving Northwest a 1-0 victory, its first state championship since 1995 and a 21-0 record.

"David's confidence is unbelievable," Northwest coach Bobby Bribiesca said. "He's our best option for penalty kicks and he showed why today."

Lucio knew his opportunity was coming and a missed shot wasn't an option.

"I took a solid shot and it hit the crossbar," Lucio said. "It got in though and that's all that matters."

Olathe South was seconds from going to overtime and did not argue the hand ball.

"He decided to use his hand to stop it so it was the correct call," Olathe South coach Will Stoskopf said. "I'm not sure if the original shot attempt would have gone in or not."

Jonathan Lane got the shutout for Northwest in goal.

"I'm very proud of this group of seniors," Northwest coach Bobby Bribiesca said. "They had their eyes set on this all season and they got what they deserved."

For Lucio, the ending seemed perfect.

"This is one of the greatest moments in my life," Lucio said. "This group of seniors is awesome and I'm happy I could be apart of it."

The performance couldn't be done without a strong performance from a defense that had only given up seven goals throughout its first 20 games.

It was the 14th shutout of Northwest's season.

"Our defense has been there all year," Bribiesca said. "Jonathan Lane put together yet another strong performance."

Kansas boys soccer has long been a sport dominated by Johnson County schools, and Bribiesca is happy to bring a state championship back to Wichita.

"This is a victory for USD 259 and for Wichita as a whole," Bribiesca said. "It's been a long time coming and I'm happy that we're going to be able to bring the title back home."

Championship

Wichita Northwest (21-0) 0 1 — 1 Olathe South (17-4) 0 0 — 0

Second half—Lucio (penalty kick). Shots— Northwest 7-5—12, Olathe South 4-3—7. Saves— Northwest, Lane 1-3—4; Olathe South, Riggle 1-3—4.

Third Place

Washburn Rural (18-1-2) 1 0 — 1 Blue Valley Northwest (15-5-1) 0 0 — 0

First half—Washburn Rural, Schmiedeler (unassisted). Shots— Washburn Rural 2-6—8, BV Northwest 3-4—7. Saves— Washburn Rural, Murphy 1-1—2; BV Northwest, Otto 1-1—2.

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