Regis High School came up a win shy of capturing the CHSAA AA state boys soccer championship, losing to Diocese of Rockville Centre champion Chaminade, 2-1, in overtime at St. John’s University on Sunday.
Liam Nicholson scored the goal, and Andrew Ceonzo stopped six shots in goal for Raiders.
In the state semifinal, Colin Hall and Eric Schemitsch each scored a goal as Regis reached its first state final in program history by beating Diocese of Brooklyn champion St. Francis Prep, 2-1, in overtime two days earlier at St. John’s. Chaminade, which won a third straight state title, beat St. Joseph’s Collegiate of Buffalo, 1-0, in the other semifinal.
Regis (19-6-3) enjoyed the most successful season in program history, despite the final outcome. The team won the program’s first CHSAA AA intersectional championship, competed in the program’s first state final, and also won the program’s first Archdiocesan championship since 2002.
“I could not be prouder of this group of guys. From the start of the season back in August to now, they have bonded on and off the field and have formed a bond and memories that will last a lifetime while rewriting the Regis soccer record books,” said Regis coach Vincent Catapano.
COURTESY PHOTO: Regis celebrates after beating Fordham Prep for the City AA championship behind goals from Colin Hall, Eric Schemitsch and Jack Baldwin.