One goal was enough for St. Xavier on Saturday night. The top-ranked Tigers, notching their 11th shutout in a row, edged host Paul Laurence Dunbar 1-0 in the finals of the Boys' State Tournament.
Joey Stoltz broke the scoreless tie with 13:06 left.
"I was nervous and just hoping we could get one in," Stoltz said. "Just seal the deal and get the championship, because that's what we wanted."
Zachary Roehrig was in goal for the Tigers' 20th shutout of the season.
The Tigers, in the finals for the 14th time, won their 12th title. Eight of the 12 have come under Coach Andy Schulten.
It was St. X's second in a row and fifth in six years.
St. X (27-0-2) outscored its final 11 foes by a combined 41-0.
Second-ranked Dunbar (25-4) had won its 10 previous matches and 19 of 20. The Bulldogs had won 17 in a row against in-state opponents.
Dunbar won titles in 1992, 2001 and 2005.
"It was a pretty even match," Bulldogs Coach Todd Bretz said. "Theirs squirted in and ours didn't. ... They're a good team and we thought we played well. We gave it everything we had."
Stoltz scored just as some observers may have been turning thoughts toward overtime.
Adam Kirsch, from 18 yards out but about 5 yards wide of the penalty box, sent a direct kick into the box.
Stoltz was there to deflect the ball past goalkeeper Fernando Ortiz and into the net.
"Honestly, it was pretty lucky," Stoltz said. "It came across, just hit the top of my toe, went off about two players and inside the post. It was a team goal."
Dunbar suffered a further setback with 10:39 left when Nick DiMeo, an outstanding center back, was red-carded for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Bulldogs had a couple of chances in the final minutes, including a Cesar Delgado free kick that sailed high, another by Riley Calhoon that hit a wall of Tigers, and a corner kick.
"They did a great job," Bretz said of his team. "They played well and I couldn't be happier with how they (played)."
St. Xavier 1, Dunbar 0
Goal—X: Joey Stoltz. Goalkeepers—X: Zachary Roehrig; D: Fernando Ortiz. Records—X: 27-0-2; D: 25-4. All-tournament—Nathan Jones, Guillermo Clemente and Matthew Spanyer (D); Adam Kirsch, David Means, Campbell Weyland (X). MVP—Kirsch. Leadership Award—Davoud Saghaian (D). Uncommon Excellence Award—Kaelon Fox (X).
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