Baylor 2 (4-2), Father Ryan 2, OT. The Baylor boys' soccer team won the program's ninth state championship Thursday, beating Father Ryan in an overtime shootout 2-2 (4-2). Interestingly, the Irish defeated the Red Raiders in the state semis last season, also in an overtime shootout.
Baylor had to come from behind twice in regulation. Anthony Weekley answered Ryan's first score with a goal at the 30:48 mark, assisted by Gui Gragnano. Ryan took a 2-1 second-half lead at the 50th minute, answered at 68:16 with an unassisted goal by Mohammed Wumpini. After two scoreless 10-minute OT periods, the result had to be settled with a PK shootout. Jake Kellerhals, Mac Hickman, Phelipe Spielman, and Riley Shankle made good on their attempts while Raider keeper Zach Ubamadu kept two of the four Irish attempts out.
Ubamadu finished with four saves while Baylor outshot Father Ryan 20-13.
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"This is what we wanted," Baylor coach Curtis Blair told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "This is about our kids. I felt so bad for them last year, not accomplishing the goal of winning a state championship. We wanted an opportunity, and we created that opportunity for us to come back and get it done. We're excited for the Baylor family, and this day is for our school and our community."
Baylor finishes the championship season with an 18-1-1 record, the loss coming to Georgia powerhouse Dalton and the draw to McCallie, the team Baylor beat in the state semifinal game.