Scoring chances were few and far between for both teams. The Prep and Madison Park each put four shots on goals, while the Prep held the advantage in corners, 6-1.
Senior captain Matt Chilton and junior striker Paul Magazzu had a handful of solid runs, but couldn’t get their shots on goal.
“We knew that Madison Park was going to strong and physical and that if we passed the ball around them, we’d accomplish what we needed to,” said Magazzu. “When they missed those shots at the end, I know it was destined that we’d win. If they were going to score at all it was going to be then. We’d been having some bad luck the entire game and we finally got us some luck.”
The Cardinals, which finished their season at 14-2-3, brought a physical presence to the field that the Prep just couldn’t contend with. Instead the Eagles used their speed and sharp ball handling skills to take down their opponent, and the plan worked.
“When you get to this point, certainly anything could’ve happened,” noted Crowell. “I certainly didn’t want to go to penalty kicks, because that’s no way to settle a game. I really believed that we were the better team.”